Michael Gorman on 28 Jul 2002 18:48:03 -0000

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Re: [eia] 3/05 Austria land phase

At 02:25 PM 7/28/2002 -0400, you wrote:
Rule seems to say both 1.)  that the attacker gets to know whether
the defender is in the city or not before foraging, and 2.)  that if any
corps in the area will besiege the city, all must.
#2 implies to me that either all attacking corps must be eligible to
besiege, or you can't besiege at all.


Looking back over the other rules that talk about that, all corps must be able to siege if any are to siege, which seems odd, but, whatever. However, I still do not believe that 7.5.4 support the idea that the defender must decide to retire into the city before the end of land movement. I do not see how indicates that the attacker knows if the defender will retire into the city before the end of movement. It says that you can enter an area where a corps retired into a city in a previous turn or the space is only occupied by a city garrison and continue movement, but I don't see where it says that you get to know what the defender will decide during Land Combat before you get to Land Combat. I think the decision is placed on the attacker to determine if their force will deploy into an area in such a way that they will be able to lay siege to an enemy force. If they decide to arrive unprepared to lay siege, then if the defender retires into the city, they aren't placed properly within the area to besiege them. In the defender's next turn, they're stuck in the city unless they want to move out and attack the forces in the area and if they do not, then the corps that entered last turn can choose to just bypass them and keep moving without being forced to make difficult forage rolls or use depot supply or they can remain and start a siege. The advantage being that they could build a depot in the area of the city and then start the siege at low depot costs if they can wait to begin the siege for one turn.


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