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Subject: Order of fire rss

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Viktor Forsberg
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The attacker has the first battle turn.

Does this mean that attacking cannons fire before defending cannons at long range? Doesn't sit right with me.
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Jim O'Neill (Established 1949)
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Attacking cannon fire first, if able to. Just like Napoleon did at Waterloo.

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Viktor Forsberg
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Could you expand the "if able to"? That seems counter-intuitive to me, but I don't know jack about how the battles were fought during this campaign.
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Certainly, Viktor,

As long as the attacker hasn't moved any of their infantry or cavalry into the opponent's area and blocked the guns, then the attacker can fire; so, fire first to soften up and then commit the other troops to the attack. Personally, I think this was a normal occurrence.

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yes quite normal for this era of warfare and incidentally very common in WW2 i.e. storming the beaches at normandy. Normally the attacker lines up in position and the defender is in position. the attacker would then initiate the attack by opening a salvo arse and all (Arsenal) to weaken, disrupt and scare the defender before charging or committing troops. the defender would normally wait and take the barrage and then open up as troops charged.

I agree when looking at a game you would think defender gets first go and they may have been the case in battles like the Zulu wars where the attacker had no heavy guns but in reality its not.

Think if medieval and even roman times where the archers etc would open fire first and normally due to the attacker initiating it.
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Shaynerichards72 wrote:
...arse and all (Arsenal)

Pyuredeadbrilliant

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