06 – Unit Grading

Chris Kemp’s Not Quite Mechanised

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UNIT GRADING

The following is a summary of qualities that a unit possesses. These qualities appear elsewhere in the appropriate part of the rules:

Elite:

Only small units trained for a special role and kept out of the battle line for that occasion qualify as elite. Thus Paras and Commandos are Veteran, not Elite, but their Pathfinder units may be Elite. Brandenburgers are Elite but Fallschirmjäger are Veteran. Elite units never refuses combat, or disobey orders and will interpret orders intelligently. Independent elite single figure stands may be FOOs or snipers. Elites are not disorganised in defence. Elites can hold their fire until contact zone without dicing.

Veteran:

As Regular, but with enough battle experience to know when to fight hard, and when to break off unfavourable attacks. Take break test at 33% casualties for refusal to attack (3-6 OK). They do not become disorganised at this point, but test again at 66%, and become disorganised if they fail this second test. When disorganised and attacked, Veterans will not surrender but will withdraw, or if surrounded, successfully break out in single stand groups, on 1D6(3-6 OK) per stand.

cropped-cropped-banner1.jpgVeteran Bersaglieri Infantry attack a key position held by the Free French.

Regular:

The majority of professional infantry with some pre-war experience, and sound morale and training. Will take break test at 50% casualties for refusal to attack and disorganisation (in other words, Regulars are either organised and willing to attack, or disorganised and unwilling): use 1D6 (4-6 OK).

Conscript:

Drafted troops with sound basic training but moderate enthusiasm for war. With the right handling Conscripts can be upgraded to Regular and Veteran status. Will take break test at 33% casualties for refusal to attack and disorganisation (in other words, Conscripts are either organised and willing to attack, or disorganised and unwilling) (5-6 OK).

Machine Gun Battalion. Peter Pig figures

Machine Gun Battalion. Peter Pig figures

Militia or Home Guard:

Volunteers with more enthusiasm and political zeal than training. With the right handling, Militia can be upgraded to Regular and Veteran status. Test at 33% casualties for disorganisation, and 66% for unwillingness to attack (5-6 OK). Disorganised Militia that are close assaulted will always surrender if they cannot retreat. Disorganised Militia that attack will take any pins as permanent casualties if the attack fails. Some Waffen SS and most Luftwaffe divisions fall into this category.

Green Troops:

These are Conscript or Militia troops taking part in their first battle. Test first for failure to press home attacks at the first casualty. If they fail, they become disorganised. Disorganised green troops that are close assaulted will always surrender if they cannot retreat.

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