From: Hoorn (NED).
So here's a hypothetical question for y'all (whether or not you've had one or more beers so far).
Suppose there is French HQ adjacent to and behind the units being attacked in this example. It wants to use HQ support but the rules say surprised HQs can't do that. Can it provide HQ support - if so, why? If not - why not?
Let's say there's room in one of the hexes for the Germans to ATR in a mountain unit to also join in the land attack along with an Italian unit that is there and let's say that this attacking hex is across a river from the defender. Does this change anything regarding the HQ support?
With the German bomber there, the French HQ could provide support. Adding more German units doesn't change that.
Why? The Germans are not attacking the HQ and France is a surprised major power this impulse. Ergo that HQ is surprised, no?
Surprised aircraft units cannot fly any mission that is exclusively
against units controlled by major powers declaring war. Therefore, in
the surprise impulse they can’t:
• fly a ground support mission to a hex being attacked only by
units controlled by those enemy major powers;
So this means, that a French bomber could fly ground support, since the Axis did add a German bomber, which participates in the attack.
Major powers and minor countries are surprised when a major power
declares war on them, even if they are already at war with someone
else. However, they are not surprised by a major power or minor
country they are currently at war with.
Surprised HQs cannot provide emergency HQ supply (see 2.4.3) or
HQ support (see 11.16.3).
Since Germany did include a bomber for ground support, the French HQ isn't surprised anymore regarding this particular attack. So it should be able to add ground support. The same applies if a German land unit takes part in the attack. However, if another hex adjacent to him is being attacked by Italian units only, he cannot use support on that hex. This is a case in which a unit can be both surprised and not-surprised.
Aircraft units controlled by a major power declaring war, cannot be
intercepted if they are flying:
• any other mission exclusively against surprised units.
So an Italian ATR carrying a German PARA (or German MTN) cannot be intercepted.
I'm going to open a beer now. Any pretsels around?
< Message edited by Centuur -- 8/11/2021 11:06:22 AM >