1. I've noticed quite a few units have devices in different slots than their TOE does. Does this effect replacements? If so, how?
2. I'm sure I remember seeing the answers to this some months ago, but can someone clarify the effects of the attributes Static HQ, Static Attached, Restricted Temp, and Restricted Permanent (as well as the various permutations)?
3. What do the Symbol and Size fields do?
Hey Easy, welcome back . . .
1. Especially at the beginning of the war, a lot of units had a hodge-podge of weapons that were eventually standardized, or discarded. A great example are the US Marine Corps Defense battalions. There are only a handful of them, but each of them seems to be equipped with a different battery of coastal defense guns (old navy 3", 5", 6" and 7" guns; and World War I era 155mm guns). Eventually, they all upgraded to modern M1A1 155mm PDF guns. The old M1918 is in that slot on the defense battalion TOE. Eventually the different guns of the various battalions should upgrade to that one model. The M1918 gun (device 1143) in turn will upgrade to the M1A1 (device 1144). So we can capture the subtle differences of half-a-dozen units using just one TOE.
In practice, this approach did not always work out perfectly when the game was first released, and michaelm has spent some time in patches (and with the beta) making it work better.
2. "Restricted" applies to HQs -- units assigned to a restricted HQs cannot load on ships, and, by most house rules, should not cross a national boundary. "Static Attached" means that the LCU can not change its headquarters assignment, invariably to a "restricted" headquarters. (Used to keep Japanese militia in Japan, US West Coast forces from sailing into the Pacific, &tc.).
3. As best I recall, the symbol field is used only to give cavalry units a cavalry-slash symbol ("12") instead of a default infantry or armor symbol -- purely cosmetic; or to designate an airborne unit ("13"), which makes it parachute-able as well as showing the "double-hump" airborne symbol.
All the other symbols are determined by the LCU's "type" designation
Thanks for your helpful reply.
In regard to devices, I'm more wondering whether there are any issues between slots. For example, if the TOE of a unit has its Motorized Support in Device 3, but the unit has Motorized Support in Device 5, will the replacements work properly?
As for the restricted designation, what is the difference between "temporary" and "permanent" restricted?