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Subject: Terrain effect on arty rss

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Sven A
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Hi,

Just played a Normandy session and became confused (again ):

Is the "-1" on the woods and orchard terrain cards a -1 NCM for artillery and mortar? So it's worse to be hit in these types of terrain because of the trees? Does anyone know the logic behind this?
 
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Pablo Klinkisch
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Svenjard wrote:
Hi,

Just played a Normandy session and became confused (again ):

Is the "-1" on the woods and orchard terrain cards a -1 NCM for artillery and mortar? So it's worse to be hit in these types of terrain because of the trees? Does anyone know the logic behind this?


Not sure why but yes, it is worse to be hit there with artillery.
(maybe because of the ensuing fire?)
 
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Pelle Nilsson
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Tree bursts. That modifier is in many games.

Also, did you not see that episode of Band of Brothers?
 
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Karl Nissfeldt
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Svenjard wrote:
Hi,

Just played a Normandy session and became confused (again ):

Is the "-1" on the woods and orchard terrain cards a -1 NCM for artillery and mortar? So it's worse to be hit in these types of terrain because of the trees? Does anyone know the logic behind this?


Yes, it's more dangerous in forest. Don't think fire is a big issue in the short run.

What's dangerous st the moment of fire is the debris that the explosion causes (branches, splinter, etc).

Quite common rule in wargames.

Cheers
/Karl
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Alpha Mastrano
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Here's a note from the Combat Commander rulebook:

"Shells fired at a high altitude – such as from
mortars and distant artillery batteries – had
a tendency to explode in the treetops. When
this happened, the troops below would be
subject to flying splinters and tree branches
in addition to the shell blast that was not
muffled by contact with the earth."
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Tree bursts. This is where the shells explode in the trees and add splinters to the showers of shrapnel, but also because of the elevation of the explosion the pattern of the shrapnel can make cover less effective as it's coming down from above.

Edit: Wish this would hurry up on the reprint, I was pipped at the post at the last minute on ebay again yesterday!
 
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Sven A
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Ok, thanks everyone!

Not a wargamer myself but now I remeber that BoB episode.
 
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