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Author Topic: Rebels and Patriots rules questions  (Read 171 times)

Offline LouieN

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Rebels and Patriots rules questions
« on: July 04, 2022, 08:03:05 PM »
Hello,

I had a fantastic R&P game with my son today (Happy July 4th!) where the Colonies repelled the British, but it was a near run thing. 

I walked away with two questions.

1.  Does Light infantry who have formed into close formation still retain their "considered in cover in open terrain" bonus.  Seems contradictory but I found nothing stating that they lose it. 

2.  Can units in close formation wheel / turn?  I took the strict view that movement "...may only be done into its front arc" meant they could not change facing.  They could echelon left or right but only straight. 

Thanks for any insight. 

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Re: Rebels and Patriots rules questions
« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2022, 09:04:43 PM »
I would say not for the first as it is counter-intuitive. They get it when they are skirmishing, when formed they are just acting as line troops.

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"...may only be done into its front arc"
I take this to mean they can wheel on a front corner as long as they wheel by marching forwards through their front arc; they cannot wheel by back-stepping through their rear arc. Obviously, this means a unit can pivot on one corner through 360 degrees, if it wants, as the men will always be marching through their front quarter as long as they are all pivoting forwards.

BTW, on a similar subject, simply about facing 180 doesn't work in reality as the left would become the right, the back rank would become the front rank, the grenadiers would be at the wrong end of the line, the platoons would be arranged out of usual sequence and the officers, NCOs and musicians would all be in the wrong places. Command and control would cease to exist very quickly as even actions such as firing by platoon would be very confusing to troops thus arranged. An about face was actually a complicated manoeuvre which required the companies and platoons to counter-march to the other ends of the line before wheeling into position. More often, and quicker, was to wheel forwards through 180, providing room was available to do so.
« Last Edit: July 04, 2022, 09:07:35 PM by olicana »

 

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