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Hi all

when playing the first turns of Call to arms or the scen dedicated to the beginning of the war between France and Germany I found that attackers are overrated ( for instance a French corps inflicting 3 losses to a German corps ! ) at a time when in reality attackers of both sides were decimated by machine guns or artillery. On the other hand, the game above playing with Germans ( against AI, zero advantage to the defender) ended by a French defeat in august 1916, the main point being to take Paris with a consequent downfall of the French morale and "separate" French and English armies pushing towards Le Mans, La Rochelle, all of this being in part possible thanks to forced march which allows a kind of Blitzkrieg which is not accurate for this time.

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Hi Michel!

The high ratings for the German attackers are wanted, Germany shall have the chance to grab a certain part of France before the stalemate starts. German troops have higher values of Readiness and Morale, and this leads to the combat results. Later in the games French and German corps have identical combat values.

Did you play on expert level versus the AI? If you do so, you might find it very difficult to end the war in 1916... some of Hubert´s scripts just work on expert level, and the normal diffculty is just for training and learning.

Apart from that: the AI is very good for an AI, but it isn´t perfect, and it never will be. The real fun comes from playing versus a human opponents, and CtA is mainly balanced for HvH. If you fancy a match, just drop me a PM. You can choose campaign and side.

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Hi Michel

Welcome to the forum!

The solution to strong attacks is to Entrench units and research Trench Warfare, while also using the terrain (rivers, cities, forests) to best advantage.

Until then, attacking is a viable option for the Germans to advance on Paris, and the Russians into Galicia, but ultimately entrenched units and advances in Trench Warfare will slow and then (hopefully) halt the enemy's attacks.

One point is that if attacks didn't have a good chance of success, costly as they are, then there would be no incentive to entrench.

Bill

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Hello Bill & thanks for info. ( it's not very historical but this is another and how lengthy question); French attackers during execution of Plan XVII were decimated by German artillery and machine-guns; why all entrenched is also questionable; because the front became frozen or ... ? Indeed the first to entrenched were the Germans after the failure of Plan Schlieffen and it appears to be a way to save forces ( for Russian front ) while keeping the conquered terrain.

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Hi Michel

Temporary entrenchments were being dug all the time during the 1914 campaign, but trench warfare as we know it really stemmed from the exhaustion and inability to keep successfully attacking after some months of conflict.

Once the front had stayed still for a while, the trench systems developed and the chances of a return to mobile warfare decreased dramatically.

You're right that trenches save forces, as there is a saying that sweat saves blood, i.e. dig in and you might stay alive!

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