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Subject: Road, Trail Movement rss

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John Griffey
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A column four abreast, with each rank separated by five feet or 1.5 meters, could accommodate 1,250 ranks, equaling 5,000 men, in 1,875 meters, which is about 4 hexes in this game. I.e., a division would take up four hexes when marching in column of four along a road or trail. An average brigade in this game (2500 men) would occupy all the road or trail of two hexes.

Why then is any stacking permitted when the road movement rate is used?

The same reasoning applies to units taking advantage of a trail passing through a woods hex, or a trail's bridge over a stream. At the very least, there should be


No Stacking When Using Road/Trail Movement
No unit that uses the road movement cost of 1/2 movement point per hex, or that entered a woods hex or crossed a stream bridge at the trail movement cost of 1 movement point per hex, may enter a hex containing another unit in the same move.

Units which did not use the road or trail movement rate may not enter a hex containing a unit which did use the road or trail movement rate.

EDIT: Realism would also prohibit movement into enemy zones of control at the road movement rate.

EDIT: If players find this "no road/trail stacking" variant slows movement too much, in compensation realism would also allow trail movement at a cost of 2/3 movement point per hex. E.g., an infantry or artillery with movement allowance 4 could move 6 hexes by trail, and a cavalry with movement allowance 6 could move 9 hexes by trail. Unlike the road bonus, this bonus would be canceled during mud or rain. No all roads were equal. Main roads were somewhat weatherized.
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Brian Train
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Good idea.
The very realistic problem of columns strung out great distances along roads rarely gets proper attention in wargames.

 
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That's definitely going in the house rules

Ditto the armies trains. If touched at all they're usually represented by a single counter.

Lee's trains for the Army of Northern Virginia stretched from Gettysburg back to Cashtown, some 18 miles or so - with George Pickett's division stuck behind them as train guard (odd to assign a whole infantry division to that job, eh?).
Picket might have been on hand at Gettysburg a day sooner if not for that.

 
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I believe in one of the most used variants of this game (can't remember the name. Has written orders and a new CRT) you can only claim the road movement bonus if the hex in front is empty (so you could say a stacking limit of ½ unit)
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