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Subject: Tank FP in melee, checking for intent - - rss

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Chick Lewis
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By my reading of the rules, tanks do NOT get the +2 to their firepower for melee, as this only applies when attacking 'adjacent' hexes. Is this correct and intended?

For example, the melee FP of a St. Chamond is 7 rather than 7+2=9.

What have I misunderstood here, please?

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chicklewis wrote:
By my reading of the rules, tanks do NOT get the +2 to their firepower for melee, as this only applies when attacking 'adjacent' hexes. Is this correct and intended?

For example, the melee FP of a St. Chamond is 7 rather than 7+2=9.

What have I misunderstood here, please?

Chick


Visually I would think the soldiers would be "inside" shortest range of the tank, like right up against the body or closer?

Just a guess/thought.
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I agree about the justification of the lower number, Kevin, just checking to make sure it is intended.
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Hi Chick, Hi Kevin

yes it is intended.
when they would reach a trench tanks were tasked to follow it along and "clean it up". The soldiers manning the mounted MGs were trained for this, this is why they have this +2 bonus for firing at adjacent hexes.

There were 3 main threats for tanks of that time: artillery (direct or indirect), bogging down, and "melee" attack by determined and properly armed troops (mainly grenades or firing through the hatches).
This is why tanks don't get the +2 in Melee.

Tanks had dedicated infantry accompanying them on the battlefield to prepare terrain (taking into account in the rules: no need of Immobilization test if friendly troops are present in bog down hexes) or to "protect" them in close combat. But reading all battle reports show that concerning the latter it didn't work at all because of lack of communication between the two and also too much difference in moving pace (a tank could easily advance in clear terrain facing small arms armed troops but infantry could not; infantry could easily advance in chaotic terrain -which provides cover- facing small arms armed troops but tanks could not because of bog risk).
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Nice lesson. Thanks, Pascal.
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