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Infantry Bases can be classed as either FIGHTING (F), SUPPORT (S), COMMAND (C), LOGISTIC (L) or SPECIALIST stands. The characteristics of each base is as follows:
FIGHTING Stands can CLOSE ASSAULT enemy positions, and add to the firefight from the front rank by giving a UNIT OF FIRE (CU) to the firefight. Only unwounded bases can close assault or defend against close assaults. Up to three bases form a strength 3 unit of fire (F3). A Remaining fraction of 3 can still contribute 1 CU.
SUPPORT Stands can FIRE IN SUPPORT of a Fighting or Command Stand from the second rank. Battalion Medium Machine Guns (MMGs), Heavy Machine Guns (HMGs), Mortars (Mors), Anti-tank (Atk) and Infantry Guns (IGs) are all Support Stands. Unwounded bases that make up Support Stands can defend against close assaults, but cannot close assault. Support Stands cannot give supporting fire in the attack to disorganised units, or if they are disorganised themselves, but they can fire or defend in self-defence when disorganised. Each support stand adds 1 CU to the firefight.
COMMAND Stands initiate attacks (firefights and close assaults). The highest level of Command Stand present decides the level of attack – usually regiment or battalion, but may be brigade . A command base may group with fighting bases to form a CF stand and may close assault. Equally, a command base may group with 1 or 2 support bases to form a CS Stand.
SPECIALIST Stands are capable of independent action. They may be fighting or support stands.
RECCE (R) Stands can fire and close assault as normal or can SHOOT and SCOOT.
SNIPER (Sn) Stands can fire, always count as being in cover (M or H) but are overrun if close assaulted.
ENGINEER (E) Stands can close assault, and can fire as heavy (H) when in contact with the enemy.
FORWARD OBSERVER (O) (FOO) Stands are overrun if close assaulted, but receive fire in the same way as other stands. They may be placed on smaller bases for ease of recognition. A specialist stand will often have a strength of 1 or 2 rather than 3.
LOGISTIC Stands (L) are overrun if close assaulted, but receive, and can return, fire in the same way as other stands. They cannot close assault or call in artillery fire. They cannot act as support stands to other stands in the front rank.
Time is divided into bounds for convenience. For campaign purposes it can be useful to divide the day into two 8 hour daylight periods and one 8 hour night. The night period can be abstracted by saying that only resupply takes place, if you wish.