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Subject: Removing Pinned Markers rss

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Chad Corey
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I have a platoon that was hit by mortars and resulted in a variety units becoming Pinned. The fire mission was the last for the enemy and the spotter was removed from play. I am on to the next turn and was wondering when (or do I?) remove the Pinned markers? I know you remove them if an enemy misses but there is no VOF on the platoon now. Thanks for the help.
 
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Mark L
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See 6.9.1.B. If there is no more VOF on the units, you remove the pinned status at the beginning of the Combat Effects Segment (3.7.2). Any fire from those units would still be treated as All Pinned VOF until the end of the Combat Effects Segment (because VOFs are frozen during that segment until all combat is resolved).

This is effectively identical to the pinned units receiving an automatic MISS result during combat resolution (easiest way to remember it, IMO).
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Chad Corey
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So they should have been pulled at the end of last turn's Combat Effects Segment?
 
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I believe it means the current turn.

If you get a pin result on your unit on turn 1 you don’t have a chance to remove it till turn 2 (Combat Effects Segment) but the effects of the pin VOF still linger till the end of turn two Combat Effects Segment. This makes sense as the pin shouldn’t affect you in turn 1 and if you remove the pin at beginning of turn 2 (Combat Effects Segment) it would never affect your unit for firing purposes.
 
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Chad Corey
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That was my thought but I just wanted to be sure. Thanks.
 
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Of course, you could also try to remove the pinned status using a Rally action (4.2.3.a) during the command phase. Rallying would allow the previously pinned units to immediately fire at full effectiveness, advance, concentrate fire, etc. rather than waiting until the next turn.
 
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I try to rally weapon teams when I really need the firepower. Otherwise, troops are safer when they're pinned.
 
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