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ben saylor
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Can a unit in a square retreat and if so they retain the "Square" status?

What about if the retreat to a territory where they cannot form a square?
 
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Rauli Kettunen
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Squares can't move (or retreat) and thus take 1 hit for each flag they would have to retreat. They might be able to ignore flags for an attached leader and/or troop type ability. Page 17, under "Infantry Squares and Retreats".

Stupid slow BGG ate my first reply angry .
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Kevin Duke
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That point is covered directly in the rules and not some sort of FAQ reply.
 
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Fabian Tompsett

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Of course this is unhistorical: consider the Battle of Mount Tabor (1799)!
Will we get Ottoman's at some stage? Perhaps they will emerge unofficially.:what:
 
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Michael Cowles
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Leutha wrote:
Of course this is unhistorical: consider the Battle of Mount Tabor (1799)!
Will we get Ottoman's at some stage? Perhaps they will emerge unofficially.

That's a bit cruel - your not of the teaching persuasion perchance?
Now I'm going to have to look it up shake
 
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Angelus Seniores
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there are many occasions where infantry in squares retreated/moved, but its quite slow to keep the formation intact.
That might be why it cant retreat/move in the game.

there are not many battles involving the ottomans, except for some battles between russians and ottomans, it might not be enough to fill an expansion.
I also think that Richard Borg stated that in its current form, the game only portrays battle as of 1805 till 1815, but for battles before this period, he would have to make changes to the system.
so that rules out the ottomans until that possible change is done.
 
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Philip Royce
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Craufurd's Light Division executed a retreat marching in square at the Battle of Fuentes De Onoro. It was excellently described in the book "Sharpe's Battle", by Bernard Cornwell. Napier described this hazardous withdrawal, saying “there was not during the whole war a more perilous hour”.
So moving or marching in square was rare and even more rarely successful.
 
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