In the image I am including I encountered a behavior that I was not expecting. I am not suggesting a bug, but I am using this to underscore my ongoing challenge to know when to take more control of units and/or alter their parameters and when to let them go about their AI-appointed business.
The unit is question is the 318 Infantry.
Then had been fighting in the woods north of Steinebruck and I had issued an attack order to push the enemy back from the area. The assault order took the 318th to the green line. The blue circle is an enemy unit that was visible until it became too dark to see them by the 318th.
My plan and expectation was that the units of the 318th would essentially hunker down in their final assault location for the night. I was planning on issuing orders at about 02:00 for them to move North-NorthWest starting at the green line.
But, what happened was that shortly after nightfall, the A,B and C units of the 318th suddenly moved, roughly along the paths of the red arrows, to the locations that you see them in now. The HQ of the 318th didn't move (Yellow circle).
So here is what I don't understand in how the AI evaluated the position and then made these movements.
1) There is an active enemy unit just out of sight of current location (green line).
2) Shouldn't it have gone over to defense in position at nightfall?
3) Why move all of the units completely out of the woods and near the stream/village/etc.
4) Why leave the HQ alone in the woods with no security between it and an enemy unit?
5) Why leave the HQ in the woods at all? If you are going to pull the line back, the HQ should certainly come back to where it would have better communications and security.
What should I have done different?
At nightfall should I have selected the HQ of the 318 and told it to go In Situ? Should I do this for all units I want to remain in current position overnight? What operational cost is there for switching a unit to In Situ for the night and then switching back when you issue new orders?
If the answer to the above is, in general, "No", then what should I have been looking at in terms of unit status, etc. that might have suggested that I consider switching the unit to In Situ in this instance?
I love this game, but sometimes I feel the game is playing me because I haven't yet developed the skill to understand what the AI may or may not do in some circumstances. Because I lack this, I often struggle to effectively make plans that meet my expectations.
< Message edited by Major SNAFU -- 12/20/2012 6:00:27 PM >
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