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The rules say "*The Whistle represents the beginning of an assault". What is an assault? The rules never mention this again...
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This is an assault:



Barrage lifts, whistle at 1:59!
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The Whistle represents the signal for an attack (assault) to begin. In WWI this usually meant leaving the safety of the trenches to cross No Man's Land to attack the enemy. This was known as "going over the top."
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I believe the whistle signifies the whistles that were blown to begin the charge into battle.

Consider that WWI battles were among the scariest and ugliest in warfare history. WWI was that unfortunate marriage of old war tactics with new industrial killing technology. It was a nasty war! And of course this game captures that feeling of despair, shared by the troops, very well!

The front-line WWI soldier had plenty to be afraid of. A lot of those fears are symbolized in the game:
- Mustard Gas
- Artillery Shells
- Awfully cold weather that would kill people in its own right
- The night, which brought combat terror
- Rain, that would soak you to your bone and sap whatever spirit you might muster
- And... the whistle! That damn whistle!

Remember that a lot of the front-line fighting was done from trenches. The trenches were a relatively safe bastion for the troops to regain their composer, play cards, write letters, catch a nap, ect.

But then there were those times when it was time to run into the battlefield! ... To run into the bullets and mayhem and chaos and watching your buddy next to you get blown to bits.
Those charges were always started by that damn whistle!

And thusly, many WWI vets after the war, experienced PTSD just from hearing a whistle on the street!

Edit: Whoops... I was too busy typing one of my patented long answers while the guys above already answered your question!
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MrEleven wrote:
What is an assault? The rules never mention this again...

This is just an explanation what the game symbol stands for, and why it is considered a threat.
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Sorry but this thread made me think of this:

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I actually like the Blackadder video a little better. Plus the whistle matches the one from the game!

 
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I like it too, but the Paths of Glory clip is one of the best battle scenes ever filmed IMO (and one of the best use of tracking shots too).
And in Blackadder, everyone is clean-shaven....

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I really like The grizzled as it not a game you play to win but metaphor to experience. It is a commentary. We try to play it in silence. We do not ask, plot or connive. We try read each other and muddle through against the odds as we sit and offer each other a shoulder and a cup of coffee. As we mostly likely will metaphorically die.
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ltmurnau wrote:
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And in Blackadder, everyone is clean-shaven....

Brian


It's the King's regulation.
 
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Wolfram wrote:
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And in Blackadder, everyone is clean-shaven....

Brian


It's the King's regulation.


According to this (I know, the net ), it was a regulation to have a mustache until 1916 and then the requirement was dropped.
 
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Scottgun wrote:
Wolfram wrote:
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And in Blackadder, everyone is clean-shaven....

Brian


It's the King's regulation.


According to this (I know, the net ), it was a regulation to have a mustache until 1916 and then the requirement was dropped.

But not the requirement to shave. Contrary to the french poilus, who did not need to shave.
 
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