It is a bit of a necro-thread, but will an explicit statement to the below be part of the 1.2 rules? I was playing a game last weekend and we were confused about this, and I could not find the reference quickly.
Ron D wrote:
They do not retreat "before" battle, but during their turn to fire. If any unit retreats during the first round, they take a step loss. I know it's under "Army Retreats" but it applies to all units.