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Subject: Evacuation and what`s the use of withdrawing the Rangers? rss

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Horst Benatzky
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Hi gamers,

I am a noob to the game and I wonder about rule 21.2 (Evacuation). Why would anyone withdraw the Rangers completely - sarcastically you could use them for battle `til they`re done, or not?

Otherwise I still have problems figure out exactly who will be replaced with what in this game. Seems more logical to me that the Rangers withdraw provides another unit (or replacement)? Hm, you see I am confused on this point...
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Michael McCalpin
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Withdrawing the Rangers is not optional. Once the Germans have no units within four hexes of Pointe du Hoc, the Rangers must go. I'm sure this was done by the designer to reflect the actual withdrawal of the Rangers after the initial penetration inland.

It's the sort of thing that most gamers would call chrome, though in this case, removing them isn't purely chrome, since if the Rangers were allowed to stay they would continue to offer a column-shift benefit to the US while they are still around.

Withdrawal of the paratrooper divisions is another thing. Because they tend to take a lot of casualties and because their replacement points are very limited, it might make sense for the Allied player(s) to withdraw them to Britain in order to reduce the cadre count, as explained in 22.2. I tried desperately to figure out how to get an airborne division home in my last game, but never could get them out of the line until doom struck and I lost to a German auto-victory.
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Kevin Bernatz
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Yep..

Rangers - must withdraw, otherwise players will find ways to abuse them in a non-historic use.

Airborne - due to the Allies losing if they hit a certain number of cadres, the allied player may want to pull out a heavily hit airborne division because those units then no longer count against the # of cadres.

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As the Allies, the Rangers will be my cannon fodder for as long as possible, both on offense and defense. As the Germans, the Rangers are often sufficient reason to 'adjust' my defensive positions near Omaha to hasten the withdrawal of the Rangers.

It's a little weird but the net effect, i.e., Omaha expanding rapidly, seems historical.
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Horst Benatzky
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Thanx for all your good advice and info.
 
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