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On 5/1/2019 at 9:01 AM, Bil Hardenberger said:

For anyone interested, I just uploaded a blog post on Using Listening Halts.  This is a subject I have discussed many times before in my AARs, but have never really written at length about it.  Hope its useful.

Bil  

Good articles all.  Re listing for sound this works well in CM2 as (IIRC) the sound contact gives an accurate idea of the location.  When CM2 came out this took me a long time to get used to as in CM1, a sound contact gave only a vague idea of location.  Not sure if this is an example of things being less realistic in CM2 or if in RL, sound contacts do in fact provide a more accurate idea of the location than they had been in CM1.

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In fact I just try everything as beeing taught in my numerous WW2 period manuals and advanced tactics books. Then compare with what´s doable in the game and then adapt if necessary. Thus far I found that 80-90% of that stuff actually work in the game, speaking for the high realism for the whole CM series. One the reasons I never got deleted any of them (CMX1 incl.) from my HD´s. :)

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4 hours ago, RockinHarry said:

In fact I just try everything as beeing taught in my numerous WW2 period manuals and advanced tactics books. Then compare with what´s doable in the game and then adapt if necessary. Thus far I found that 80-90% of that stuff actually work in the game, speaking for the high realism for the whole CM series. One the reasons I never got deleted any of them (CMX1 incl.) from my HD´s. :)

I would love to do a series on German specific platoon tactics at some point.  Wouldn't mind seeing your library and picking your brain at some point.

Bil

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21 minutes ago, Bil Hardenberger said:

I would love to do a series on German specific platoon tactics at some point.  Wouldn't mind seeing your library and picking your brain at some point.

Bil

would be fun for sure Bil. :) Though my library is not that extensive as one might think, but it´s very very specific. See further down this thread: http://community.battlefront.com/topic/134729-real-world-tactics-that-work-in-cm/

Basically a german player interested in squad and bits of plt tactics is fairly well served with http://mudandblood.net/downloads/number09.pdf

Many my books tell actually the same, but give different examples for various combat situations and application of the basics.

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One thing I've been doing quite a bit recently is to use Quick Battles to set up randomised exercises, to focus on and experiment with platoon-level stuff.

I've been setting up a Probe or Attack on a Tiny or Small map, in varying environments, and giving the enemy a single element, usually an infantry squad (typically squad + HQ element in practice), and choosing an infantry platoon to deal with them.

This means having the opportunity to practice platoon movement, scouting and building an attack - with limited forces on a relatively large map.

As a "battle" it's far from fair, of course, but as an exercise it's useful, and only takes a few minutes, so you can iterate quickly.

Using Quick Battles for this will randomise the enemy starting positions somewhat, and the enemy may be stationary or moving. Usually will be in a fairly sensible position on or overwatching one of the objectives.

The same principle can be applied to armour platoons (vs a single tank), recon sections, whatever, and it's quite handy for examining things in isolation.

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Very good ideas @domfluff.  I think this type of testing and training is rare in CM.. many players just jump in and try to figure it out as they go.. best course of action is to start withthe basics, practice them, then add complexity to your toolbox as you gain experience.  

In other news, I have added a Blog post about the Hard-Cat Rules.. if you haven't been following along with my thread in the General CM Forum or with the CMSF-2 AAR where @IanL and I took an early version of these rules for a spin... now is your chance!

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Hello everyone, just starting to learn the basics and I want to give a big thank you to Bill for his efforts and time on his blog, priceless material.

Cheers

Pedro

 

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On 6/18/2019 at 8:34 AM, trindade said:

Hello everyone, just starting to learn the basics and I want to give a big thank you to Bill for his efforts and time on his blog, priceless material.

Cheers

Pedro

 

Really appreciate that.  Let us know how you get on.

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