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Subject: Cross Country Movement Allowance & Night Rules rss

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Dan Zachary
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Hi Carl and Company,

Not sure that I can find it in the rules but is the movement of all units including cav, HQ, etc., one area when NOT using road movement?

What exactly are the night rules for the 3-day battle?
Can units move, battle?
Is it just a supply turn?

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Carl Willner
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Dan,

Yes, for all unit types when not moving on a road movement is one area; roads allow 2 for infantry and heavy or light foot artillery, and 3 for HQs, cavalry and horse artillery. The rationale is that off road movement involves getting through various obstacles - fences, ditches, uneven ground, high grain, etc., even when there is not a woods or swamp to deal with - which would limit the ability of the mounted units to achieve their full potential speed; they are fastest when moving without obstacles on the road.

There is no combat during the nights and the Sept. 6 day in between the two battles on Sept. 5 and 7. Basically, that period serves three functions, as it did historically - resupply (including getting disorganized units back into shape for fighting again), arrival of reinforcements (for the French), and redeployment of two corps (for the Russians, giving them an opportunity to remedy their initial misdeployment and reinforce their southern flank or pull back corps from exposed positions into the main line - historically, Tuchkov's 3rd Corps was sent to the far southern flank and switched from 1st Army to 2nd Army, while Platov's Cossacks were pulled back into reserve from their screening position on the northern flank). The maneuvers that took place on that day are captured by the redeployment/reinforcement rules, and where the French have put Napoleon and Murat at the end of the first day is critical to where their reserves come in - they provide the ability to dramatically reinforce a part of the French line without having to trudge all the way up from the rear at the cost of supply points, but only if the leaders are in the right places. But apart from those redeployments and reinforcements provided for in the rules, there is no movement either. The Russians were not eager to initiate the battle and were waiting to see what the French did and react, while Napoleon did not want to launch his main attack until all of his possible strength, including Ney's and Junot's corps and the other half of Murat's corps, was on hand.
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Ryan Nip
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sharpe1813 wrote:
Not sure that I can find it in the rules but is the movement of all units including cav, HQ, etc., one area when NOT using road movement?

Dan, yes. You can find it in the rules but it's not easy because it's not under "5.0 Action Phase".
It's mentioned just once throughout the entire rulebook and here you are:

2.2 ACTION [3] MOVE wrote:
Units generally move to an adjacent area, but can move further by road (5.41).
 
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