You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
Ahhh....my misspent youth...
Some more quotes to while the time away while waiting for the art to get done.
A typical attack
This one is an interesting quote while at the same time being pretty descriptive of an attack. It is from Seven Roads to Hell.
“We continued working our way forward in this manner, forcing the Germans to keep their heads down with our steady fire, until we reached their holes and began engaging them in hand-to-hand combat. Once again we were amongst them. Many of the enemy were shot as they cowered in their holes by troopers firing down on them as they ran past."
“We gained overwhelming fire superiority early on, and the enemy’s fire slowed to a trickle. Our machine guns and semiautomatic MI rifles gave us a decided advantage over the Germans and their bolt-action Mausers.”
The D-Day Drop
This is another great paragraph from "D-Day with the Screaming Eagles". We normally only hear about how disorganized/bad the drop went. This is interesting look at the other side of it.
“If the airborne commanders were upset because of the scattered drops and poor assemblies, the enemy had more difficulty. The Germans had scattered their forces over the countryside in platoon strength (40 to 50 men). Communications were by telephone and motorcycle messengers. The Americans, singly and in small groups, raised havoc with all wire communications as lines connecting these platoon-sized enemy units were cut and re-cut. When the field phones went out, the enemy dispatch riders went forth – never to be seen or heard from again. The grenade in the hand of a paratrooper proved a deadly weapon. German platoon commanders lost all contact with neighboring units. No orders arrived. In all this fashion, the small enemy forces fought, surrendered, or died as they were being engaged by the American paratroopers who didn’t know where they were, but knew what they were doing. The enemy in turn knew where they were, but didn’t know what was happening. Some were overawed by the power displayed as hundreds of planes passed overhead at relatively low altitudes with red and green wing lights displayed. From these they had witnessed the dropping of countless parachutists. Their commanders had warned them paratroopers did not take prisoners. Because of this misconception, many German soldiers fought on hopelessly until they were finally slain or badly wounded.”
This quote is from "The Road to Arnhem." Foxholes were very important and were the norm for even a hastily defended position. While this may seem obvious, it is important that a game system reward them appropriately.
“Dig a hole. That was the first thing we always did, whether taking a long break during a march or moving into a position. As soon as we stopped everyone began digging a hole – either a slit trench or a foxhole. If artillery came in or an attack started without warning, those without a hole had nowhere to take cover and many died on the spot. I preferred a square or round foxhole to the slit trench. It offered less open space overhead for shell fragments to enter, and better protection if overrun by tanks.”
Some commentary about casualties
This quote hilights some of the concepts that have to be faced in a tactical game. How are casualties inflicted? The fact that small arms fire usually results in forcing the enemy to take cover more than it results in actual casualties.
By the way, the experience of not firing a weapon in combat was not as rare as one might think. A number of men in rifle companies who DID fire their weapons, finished the war without knowing for certain if they had actually killed anybody. That was because they were usually firing at targets obscured by foliage, buildings, poor visibility or distance/movement. Even in an elite, behind the lines outfit like the 101st Airborne, many men did finish the war with that uncertainty. Perhaps for some, it was more of a blessing than a curse. Besides, the public at large didn't know such details, and acclaimed ALL returning survivors of the eagle division as equal heroes. It seems those who did the most were also least likely to try to exploit that fact after returning to civilian life.