From: St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
They are still moving, just doing in in combat mode instead of move mode which advances at a slower rate.
If you are under continuous attack or bombardment it may be better to move in combat mode as move mode is very vulnerable to bombardment and air attack leading to greater casualties.
Since the attack is going to knock you back into combat mode before the movement phase anyway , better to just stay in combat mode for the move.
You are also mixing up Operational Mode with Combat Orders.
Combat, Move and Strategic are operational modes.
Defend, Bombard, Deliberate Attack and Shock Attack are Combat Orders.
You aren't going form move to defend, you are going from move to combat, with a default combat order of defend.
< Message edited by HansBolter -- 7/29/2015 7:50:00 PM >