Thank you for the elabortations.
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, "nigelpmarsh" <npmarsh@...>
> A unit will 'refuse a flank' typically on two occasions, firstly,
to protect itself against a
> charge/attack threat against an exposed flank, and secondly to
protect it's flank against
> fire action against an exposed flank. In the former case, the
charging/attacking unit will
> input that it is moving into a flank or rear, and will therefore
gain the benefit of closing
> against a flank or rear if the charge/attack goes home. The act of
refusing the flank, gives
> the defending unit an ability to fire at it's attackers. In the
latter case, the act of refusing
> the flank, enables the unit to defend itself with fire action and
effectively eliminates the
> flank threat, thus reducing the morale effect of the flank fire. It
should be noted that you
> can only refuse a flank during your own movement phase, so you
cannot react to a flank
> threat if you have already conducted your movement. As a reaction
to a charge however,
> the refusal of flank will be made at the time of the declaration of
the charge, but the
> charging/attacking unit still counts as closing against a flank,
even if it has been refused.
> There are two types of supporting unit. One for a charging unit,
and one for a defending
> unit. In the former case, the friendly unit must be visible to the
charging unit, in good
> order and within 200 paces of the flank or rear of the charging
unit. The intent is to show
> that the unit is not isolated and acting independently, but has
mutually supporting units
> close by. A player that fails to support an attack will be at a
disadvantage when declaring a
> charge. The distance is always measured at the beginning of the
charge. In the latter case
> [defending unit], the supporting unit must be directly behind the
defending unit and
> facing the same direction, in good order and within the prescribed
distance. The intent of
> this is to give the defending the unit the reassurance that they
are directly supported, and
> that the unit can fall back onto it's supports for protection.
> Hope this answers your questions, and/or helps clarify the
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Frank" <histmail@> wrote:
> > Nigel:
> > I have run across two possible conflicting rules references and I
> > hope that you can clarify them. I have both the ACW and
> > C&GII sets and the following question applies to both sets (as
> > wording in each booklet is the same).
> > I will cite the wording from the Civil War booklet. On page 44,
> > the section Fire Combat Phase, in a bulleted point just before
> > heading Defensive Support Fire you note that; "A unit that
> > its flank is not considered as being fired on in flank . . . ."
> > page 45 (bottom, Fire Action Supplemental Rules 1.13): "A unit
> > has refused its flank will still be considered as being fired in
> > flank or rear during the fire action phase."
> > Please clarify for me.
> > My second question has to do with the charge modifiers (page 36,
> > Charges are positively affected by "Supporting Freindly Units").
> > the bottom of page 40 you note (about crests) that a supporting
> > must be within 200 paces of rear or flank of a friendly unit. Is
> > distance (200 paces) and are those conditions (friendly unit on
> > rear or flank of charging unit) the correct interpretation of
> > positive charge modifier? Also, if so, is that distance measured
> > the point when a unit starts a charge?
> > Thanks for your help,
> > Frank