I hear ya, know exactly what you mean. The part about taking shots and going back down, well they talked about having different orders per waypoint in the next game so don't think that is coming anytime soon. I think what your saying is about unit initiative without getting orders from above, just not sure how it would work. The order timing does seem really long sometimes for short movements, i usually try to role play to get myself through those situations, i mean i couldn't tell how long its supposed to take to receive order, get everyone moving and move up a steep 500 meter incline and then factor in unit readiness and morale [fatigue modeled? can't remember] I have no unearthly idea. timing is tough in this game, maybe because its so uncertain and the formula has a lot of factors. You do get better at the timing the more you play.
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