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AO unit. How close is too close? - 9/1/2003 9:17:24 AM   


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Hello all,

I am interested in your views on where you position the AO unit.

I understand that you don't want to put it in harms way but it does give a moral/rally advantage. How closes to the front line is too close (and this goes for company comanders too) ?

If your name is [B]Mother[/B] please do not read on. I tend to have the A0 close to the action. All it takes is a few small mistakes / luck from the enemy and suddenly no more AO. I have lost the AO on several occasions to this.

[B]Is the AO that important that you don't wont it at the front to assist?[/B]



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In the rear with the gear ... - 9/1/2003 1:05:44 PM   

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I always place my A0 (with one FO adjacent) somewhere cozy and safe, but not too far from any onboard arty ... I would also be interested to hear other views on A0 placement, I tend to be very protective of this unit and usually have some forces set aside for mobile rear security positioned near the A0. It would be interesting to hear about other player's usage of the 'Head shed' ... can anyone make an argument for more aggressive use of the HQ unit?


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- 9/1/2003 3:50:47 PM   


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I agree with Willy, my HQ and my FO, are always in the back of my formations.
Usually they have not firepower to support other units and above all the loss of HQ costs 200 points!
Instead for company commanders I try to put them back others company platoons, but ready to support an engage when it is needed.


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- 9/2/2003 9:21:24 AM   


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Side steping from the main topic, wouldn't you rather have your forward observer up front with the troops to call in the arty? FO 's give a quicker responce and do the spotting for better targetting.


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- 9/2/2003 10:53:56 PM   
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Good answers here already. I also choose to have a fast transport available for the AO, and one of the FO's near.

If I have a reserve, as I almost always has (and it'd rather be a mobile one), I have the AO to ride along with it. The reserve also provides for security for the AO, unless the reserve is placed very near the front in the beginning of the game.

I try to use the company commanders for rallying, but also sometimes bring up the AO to boost the process.

And NEVER leave the AO all by himself, and not in the most obvious terrain for partisans to pop up either. And turn the weapons range to 0, but not off.

That's how I do it.


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- 11/11/2003 12:24:53 PM   


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I usually keep my AO fairly close to the front lines where my forces are but always in some form of cover (behind buildings, hills, inside forests, etc...) and always have a fast vehicle nearby for quick escapes.

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