From: Mass. USA. now in OHIO
ORIGINAL: General Patton
I believe if one side has a major numerical advantage, the major side can get the base. Also, I have seen one side lose the base in ground combat, On an island mostly, but remain in in the hex. Artillery combat is combat to the game....GP
Can't agree with your last statement GP, at least not for the stock game. After artillery bombardment only there is no crossed sword icon in the hex to indicate combat occurred, and I have never seen ownership of a base flip if there were still enemy troops in the hex and no combat occurred.
It can flip if the enemy unit is wiped out by bombardments (thus no longer present) or it retreats from the hex because it has gotten too weak for the opposition it is facing (should only happen with a very low aggression LCU commander - not uncommon in BFs and Eng. units).
Because of the disparity in forces it is also possible that one of the Chinese LCU commanders with high aggression took the initiative and attacked without orders, causing the surprise base flip.
My last statement is based on the fact that I have seen a heavy art bombardment destroy enough devices to cause the smaller unit to lose the base. Last time was about 2 to 3 years ago....GP
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