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  1. General Liederkranz

    Company HQ close to action?

    It would be neat if in addition to radio contact being lost when units move, C2 links also broke when the HQ team fired their weapons. It would add an incentive to keep HQs with tight covered arcs. I've always thought it was a little gamey to order my platoon leaders and their radio operators to lay down fire while *simultaneously* calling in artillery. This would get even more interesting if combined with a command system like the one @LongLeftFlank suggests. In other words, if the limit of units available to be commanded decreased when the intermediate HQs were moving, firing, or suppressed.
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    A question about cover

    I guess there could be different actions if the "stop" was caused by enemy fire or spotting an enemy target. But that would get complicated to understand and predict.
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    A question about cover

    I like that idea for vehicles, but there would be problems when you're using "Hunt" to make infantry advance cautiously and take cover if they're shot at. In that case you probably don't want them to get back up and start walking again in 15 seconds or whatever, since most likely the same MG that stopped them will just open up again.
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    A question about cover

    But don't use "Hunt" for moving into position, even though it may seem like the right command (and it did to me at first). Once they spot something they'll stop and dump all their remaining orders, including the pause and the movement command to get out of there after the pause!
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    Wehrmacht resilience vs. Dogface nervousness

    This is an interesting finding--thank you for doing the tests. It seems to me this could make sense, given that gun crews in CM can't temporarily abandon their guns, as they might in real life, to take cover in nearby buildings, trenches, dugouts, etc. One could think of this endurance as an abstraction of them doing that, then jumping back on the gun when suppression slackens off. By contrast, if infantry runs for cover in that situation, the game can literally show it happening and we can order them back up again when the situation is safer.
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    Assuming you mean a typical small wooden house, I'm not sure one is better against small arms/MGs, but the foxhole is often better protection from direct-fire HE fired from the same elevation, because the round has to hit the ground right near a hole to inflict casualties. In some cases you can't even manually target the action spot where a foxhole is located because it's on a reverse slope. The building, on the other hand, offers a nice aiming point that tanks or guns can easily hit, and a perpendicular surface that will detonate the shell. If you're taking fire from a higher elevation, though, the building might be better. And against mortars, the building is definitely better. But you also have to consider that a human opponent will often preemptively area fire at important buildings, whereas you can put foxholes in unexpected positions. As @Michael Emrys says, it's "highly variable"--which makes the cover model more interesting than in, say, ASL, where a foxhole and a wooden building are both simply +2 TEM. In my experience most tanks (e.g. 75mm or so guns) can knock out wooden bunkers and kill everyone inside with one or two shots.
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    Order completed!

    Ah, I see I didn't look far enough back in the update thread, where this is old news.
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    Order completed!

    I got an email an hour ago with my download link, and it works! I'm surprised there's been no official announcement and no one else has commented yet so I feel like something must be wrong. . . I was able to download and activate, but now dealing with the familiar Mac black screen problem.
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    Infantry and Armour Tactics Info?

    I don't think this is correct. My understanding is that in addition to the ordinary spotting cycles, when units take certain actions like firing, or move into view of each other, there's an automatic spotting check outside the 7-second cycle. I know I've often seen units spotted the moment they open fire, rather than a few seconds afterward.
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    Mortars with squad or not

    Yes, I find this is really important--and also, the Stuart has a radio and two of those crewmen are in the turret. The T-70 packs a punch against infantry or light armor but it's short on MG ammo, has a low ROF for the main gun, is slow to share info, it's hard to maintain C2 with, it's not great at spotting, and it's generally inefficient in "soft" terms despite its reasonable "hard" factors. A lot like the early T-34s.
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    Missing weapon slot for the Russian DT?

    I’ve noticed that too, and I think it afflicts all Soviet vehicles, not just the T-34/85. At least I think I’ve seen it on 76mm T-34s too.
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    8.8 cm Raketenwerfer 43?

    Were many used in Army Group Center in the summer of '44? I thought that they were mostly phased out in in '43-'44 in favor of Panzerschrecks. It seems like they'd be analogous to PaK 36s, Pz IIIs, or KVs--surely some were scattered around during Bagration, but not in large concentrations so not covered by the game.
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    German halftrack MG carrier?

    Thanks! This is helpful. Perhaps the ASL and CM designers simply interpreted this info, or info like it, in different ways.
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    US "Cannon Company" placed in wrong tab

    Thanks for the details on this, it's interesting. From a realism perspective, this seems odd, because I know I've read the infantry regiments normally found Cannon Companies useful only when they could be tied into the divisional artillery's fire control net. So it's odd that the Cannon Coy howitzers are more flexible and quicker than the divisional artillery, especially when they're on their own.
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    German halftrack MG carrier?

    That’s all I’ve been able to find online too. I don’t have any books on halftracks, but I’ve learned a lot about SPWs reading this forum!