Use Combined Arms. Shock-neutral (shock=0) units can attack with tank units and not degrade their Shock modifier. If you attack using shock-capable units with leg infantry, then you will dilute your Shock and have reduced odds.
The above statement needs an explanation its contradictory
Simply put, if you include units which have no offensive shock value(Non-motorized infantry) in an attack combined with units which DO contain offensive shock value(Tanks, anti-tank guns), then the shock value of the tanks and anti-tank guns will be reduced.
So, use your tanks and anti-tank guns to attack separate hexes/enemy units than what your non-motorized units attack. Look at pages 23-24 in my Player's guide/tutorial. It's easier to see when you look at a picture or two.
Note, that a unit which has an offensive shock value of zero is still useful, and can attack a hex with armored units without negatively affecting the other units' offensive shock value.
...uh, I still don't get how any of that amounts to using combined arms in a way where "shock-neutral (shock=0) units can attack with tank units and NOT degrade their shock modifier".
Everything I have read in the manual (so far) and the quick-start, and your tutorial SW, along with most of the commentary in this thread, agrees that mixing shock and non-shock units in an attack dilutes the shock when attacking the same hex together, whether from the same hex or from multiple hexes. (Although perhaps there's a tradeoff in getting a flank attack going. But still, shock diluted.)
But then after affirming this you go on to say, that zero-shock units "can attack a hex with armored units without negatively affecting the other units' offensive shock value." Which is how bcgames started his combat tips. But goodwood and I are still left wondering how that can be true.
As far as I can find, the only way to use "combined arms" when attacking the same hex in this game, is to send multiple attacks, one with shock units, one without. The attacks are thus resolved separately. This gets tricky to arrange, however.
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