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michal
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What depth marker represent in "real life"?

In game mechanics it makes enemy tougher and harder to defeat so I would assume that it may represent enemy intelligence.
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I think it represents fog of war. When attacking a beachhead, the allies generally had an idea what to expect, based on intel and observation. There's always the element of surprise however, the more so when your intelligence is faulty or you fail to take heed of it. At this occasion, both were the case.

As I recall, the Allies thought Omaha was defended by inferior forces, comprised of foreign POWs and such. Just a few weeks before the invasion however, those forces were released by a regular German division of which half were highly experienced veterans. As I remember, this was known in some part of the intelligence operations, but somehow this critical information didn't make it to SHAEF.

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c08mk wrote:
What depth marker represent in "real life"?

In game mechanics it makes enemy tougher and harder to defeat so I would assume that it may represent enemy intelligence.



Read the last page of the Rules for designer's explanation

German Depth Markers. This design evolution combines the
concept of a strength chit and an unknown unit. Each German
unit is built of two markers, each adding a strength element and
a tactical element (the weapon requirements) to provide a highly
variable mix of German opposition. A German unit without its
depth marker is either still forming up into defensive positions,
or has suffered losses. The depth marker system also simulates
the German habit of assembling ad hoc formations, and reinforcing
critical positions with elements from other formations.
The US player will sometimes eliminate a unit's depth marker
only to have another take its place before the whole unit can
be taken out. The Germans lose their overall depth as the day
progresses - while defeated German units may return to play,
eliminated depth does not.
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brosxa wrote:
Read the last page of the Rules for designer's explanation


Oh, come on. Where's the fun in that? cool

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c08mk wrote:
What depth marker represent in "real life"?

dice ;)
 
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Jan Tuijp wrote:
brosxa wrote:
Read the last page of the Rules for designer's explanation


Oh, come on. Where's the fun in that? cool


So, the answer is fog of war. No more, no less.
 
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Eventually, yes. And there's enough of it to guarantee re-playability.

 
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