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Subject: Why do some infantry have increased attack effectiveness in 1914? rss

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Tysen
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I was surprised that there wasn't a designer's note for this rule. What is the rational for these units having higher attacking but not defending strength in 1914?

British Expeditionary Force 1,2,3
German Guard
Russian Guard 1
French Colonial (1)
Austro-Hungarian 14 Tyrol

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I would say due to their historical performance in the war. This was a combination of many things, such as better equipment, training, and morale.

For example in the case of the BEF, you will find that this was the main core of the UK's professional army with a high level of training in things that many of the volunteer armies of other countries of the period only glossed over, such as marksmanship. Look up the battle of Mons in 1914, as well as their general performance in the early campaign to see why the BEF have the deservedly higher ratings that they do in the game.
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The listed units attack (but do not defend) with a 4 in 1914 for several reasons. All those units were the pre-war cream of the crop, the best trained and equipped units of there time. As Mr. Hansen correctly noted, the BEF emphasized marksmanship to gain an edge. The Tyrol riflemen were also good shooters. The French Colonials had years of actual experience in Africa. German and Russian Guards prized discipline.

Most important, they all believed that the offensive was better than the defense. Yes, the French took that to an extreme, but the other nations also accepted the supremacy of the offensive as a general principle.

So giving these units an attack of 4 in 1914 reflects their quality and encourages historically accurate attacking. A 4 on defense would motivate defensive behavior not typical of the time. Losing that attack score of 4 by 1915 further encourages attacking - use it or lose it - and again reflects the actual history. By early 1915 all of these armies had lost most of their pre-war veterans with them went the cream of the crop as well as the cult of the offensive. Losing those 4s taught those nations the value of good defense.


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