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beresford dickens
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What do the 'specialised units' actually represent?

Engineers seem obvious enough, but the 'Medic' units are a bit odd in that elite Red Cross personnel storming the enemy front-line is somewhat ahistorical.

The 'Anti-tank' units are more problematic. Do they represent troops equipped with bazookas/panzerschrecks (in which case the range is excessive) or do they represent the organic anti-tank guns of the infantry formation? If the former then there will be difficulties in the Desert or when the Russians/Japanese (who did not have bazookas or panzerschrecks) are added. If the latter, how will it jive with the proposal to introduce discrete ATG units into 'Desert Fox'?
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Jeffrey Nolin
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Being specialized just adds some abilities to the normal units. Having a medic tag along with your squad to patch up the wounded is not the same thing as being members of a field hospital. Having the doctors and support staff from M.A.S.H. storming the enemy certainly would not be historical or funny!! As to the anti-tank specialization, I would guess that like everything else they are an averaging out of all and any anti-tank weaponry that could be carried about. Looking up bazooka, I found it had an effective range of 150 yards and a maximum range of 400 yards. A hex may have a scale of 50 yards or 100 yards, who knows? If a regular Joe is at normal range at 4 hexes against infantry, then having a normal range of 3 against vehicles seems ok, as 2 seems short. Since specializations are add-ons and scenario specific, I guess the scenario writer would have to be careful not to give anti-tank abilities to Russian/Japanese units, unless it was a 'look what I found' situation. As to discrete ATG units, I suppose they would be specific units, while the anit-tank specialization would still be general 'grab anything you can get your hands on' guys.
 
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Bob Hansen
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beresford wrote:
What do the 'specialised units' actually represent?

Engineers seem obvious enough, but the 'Medic' units are a bit odd in that elite Red Cross personnel storming the enemy front-line is somewhat ahistorical.


I have to disagree with you. Medic units refer to combat medic units, of which many combat veterans regard the medics the elite of the elite. Most combat medics risked life and limb to get to the wounded and get them out of harm way. I good bulk of the Medals of Honor awarded in the United States have been awarded to combat medics.
 
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