From: Cologne, Germany
- 14.) Introduce "flexible order delay", to simulate local decision-making processes where a superior's decision (or opinion) is not needed, eg. for detached units and where this function then allows the player say to detach a company and let it proceed to move with the rest of the division, without the COY or the DIV having to reorg' and redo plans. Say the player would then just let the particular Coy take the next exit on a given highway, and let them leave the Division's route and proceed with their secret order/plans , then there should not be ANY delay, as the Coy was given the freedom to act independently .. That would be my take on a "local" flexible order delay.
Other examples would be occasions where a Coy commander decides to immediately pull out his platoon or his Coy, in order to save resources (men).
- 15.) Introduce a dedicated Retreat button/function (which should work like a move order) that automatically switches to lowest aggro settings and that OVERRIDES the order delay (either completely or partially), so that the player can pull out troops that are endangered to retreat (means the uncontrollable forced retreat), or endangered to be cut off/surrounded, in time.
- 16.) Introduce a STOP button/function that makes a detached company stop RIGHT AWAY. Quite some players are misusing the fire-command currently to make their troops stop immediately.
- 17.) Introduce a "General leads from the front (line)" function, maybe according to historical facts/events, where a General (divisional commander) can LEAVE the HQ (after he issued orders) and JOIN one of the spearheads of his units. Example, a division moving in column formation:
This function would ensure that the LEADING unit would stop (and take cover if they get under fire) and react to the enemy fire, but where the rest of the division (say the bulk of the middle section and the rear of the column) would slow down immediately and halt eventually, IF the leading general accompanies one of the spearheading units (like Rommel did in France) - reducing the order delay by a vital amount.
Such a function could also be used to boost morale or combat effectiveness, since the General would be with their spearheads.
Actually, the German officers corps (involving ranks from Cpt to General) had a very high casualty rate. This was caused by a common belief that an officer had to lead by example (and show dedication/bravery) to motivate the troops, plus the officer could get a first-hand impression on terrain layout and difficulties or advantages for a certain approach. Some officers did not do that, but the majority of German officer corps was more exposed to enemy fire than some of their subordinates had wished for, I'd say.
Another example: If US officers would have inspected the Kall-trail in Hürtgenwald, they would not have picked it as main supply route, and maybe the whole operation wouldn't have carried out in the first place.
Rommel's "Vorne-Führung" in France is a vital example of such type of leadership on the General level. There was a saying back then: "Wo Rommel ist, ist vorn" (which means that you can indicate the front or the head of a column by checking where Rommel is. Rommel's own quote "Geführt wird vorne" (which translates to: the leader should lead his unit from the head position) was exemplary as well.
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General Anthony McAuliffe
December 22nd, 1944
"I've always felt that the AA (Alied Assault engine) had the potential to be [....] big."
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