@ Phoenix and wodin. I absolutely see your points.
My follow up questions are:
1) Do the units in BftB have a memory?; and is this taken into account for their actions? In other words, does that Tiger unit "remember" that it just engaged this engineer unit and pushed it back, or once contact is broken and then remade is it all a fresh evaluation made by the AI. If the later, then it doesn't "know" anything except what is happening right now, right in front of it, and its reacted might need to be considered in that light.
2) I think, and my reading of history I think backs me up and certainly my experience does, that is situations like this the "experience" factor is probably much more important that the training and even the morale.
I am not sure that I agree that low morale=rout automatically. I can, and have seen, situations where I would have said the person have good morale, and if they were in control of themselves, they would stick. Being panicked is more about being over come/over taken by events, not that you suddenly feel that you/your unit/your equipment are no longer of value. And it only takes one person to "loose it" to infect an entire group (a person is intelligent, smart and discerning - people are dumb, panicky and dangerously stupid).
Edit: Morale does, at its heart speak about the confidence and enthusiasm of the person/unit. But isn't it possible to have confidence in your equipment, etc. and still be overcome by events? "I know my nomex suit is going to protect me, command hasn't given the clear the building code - but I have never been in a building fire like this and that guy over there just cut and ran. Maybe I should run to?"
But coming back to experience, which this unit in question lacks, is the certain knowledge that the defecation can strike the rotary oscillator and yet you can still come out on top. This can't really be trained - not in the sense I am talking about.
I have seen rock-solid EMTs and Firefighters who are the stars of training, etc. become unglued under pressure when I would have thought nothing would have fazed them. They don't have the experience to step out of themselves and see the situation impersonally and make good judgements thereby. And I would not, in those circumstances say that they had low morale. Training teaches you what should and might be, only experience teaches you what is and will be.
Again, I speak as a relative newby to BftB. Dave will have to address some of the questions.
just my 2 cents
< Message edited by Major SNAFU -- 1/24/2012 5:01:14 PM >
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