Hi all. TOAW newbie here. I'm a long-time player of Combat Mission and was looking to also play something more operational, with supply, etc.
I've read part of the TOAW manual and played through the small Arracourt 44 campaign and have some questions.
1) The Attack Planner is described in the manual as "a way to avoid causing the attacker to Retreat Before Combat". Does this mean that no attack arranged with the Attack Planner will result in an RBC? Or do I need to do something specific within the Attack Planner to avoid an RBC?
2) Tactical and Local Reserve, react vs. support: the manual describes TR as "The unit will attempt to react to enemy attacks into adjacent locations. Headquarters and artillery units assigned to Tactical Reserve will not react (but will still support)." What is the distinction between react and support? Is reaction movement and support fire? Is support only bombardment? Can an infantry unit one hex behind another unit being attacked provide support?
LR is described as "The unit will attempt to react to enemy attacks into locations within a movement radius defined by the unit’s remaining Movement Allowance. Regardless of the radius, the reaction movement is only one hex per combat." This sounds like the same thing as TR, if movement will only be one hex. TR reacts to adjacent hexes and LR can only move one hex - is this not basically the same thing? Under what circumstances would one choose one over the other?
3) Disband unit: The manual says "Disbanded units are removed from the map and return their equipment to your Supply Pool. It is not possible to disband units that are Routed, Reorganizing, Unsupplied, or 'In Garrison.'" Is the Supply Pool the same as the Replacement Pool? If not, how does it work?
Thanks all !