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Subject: Helicopters? rss

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steve stamatakis
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Shouldn't there be some sort of helicopter movement of French troops. This was the "first helocopter war".
 
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Pete Atack
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My guess is that is too tactical a level for what is being portrayed here. French units are regiments (I doubt the French had enough helicpters to lift a regiment of troops), turns are measured in spans of several months, and the French can pretty much move in an unlimited manner across the map anyhow.

There is an event chit, if I recall, that in a general way represents helicopters and their influence on the war (I'm just too lazy to pull the game off the shelf and check).

Historically, did the French move large numbers of troops via helicopters in combat situations? Or even in strategic or operational lifts of any size?
 
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Kim Kanger
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If I remember it right the French could move a regiment by helicopters. But since they can move freely around the map anyway (especially late in the war) then that is not much of an issue.

The main asset, tactically, for the French was the new battle doctrine they developed with those helicopters. The para regiments were split up in two boosted companies and two headquarters. This meant that those regiments were in fact two units working together in battle, using helicopters to quickly move them both around. Like: Unit A landed and engaged a failek, unit B flew past and landed behind the enemy. when the failek tried to leave in a third direction then unit A flew to stop them while unit B flew to another flank and so forth.
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