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The following is a situation we faced during a recent game and I wonder if anyone has suggestions on how interpreting the application of the rule 7.45.
The active player moves into a vacant enemy VP hex with an infantry unit (via sea) and a naval unit. He supports the move with air units to contrast the enemy active ZOI in the hex.
The army unit and the naval unit do NOT start in the same hex. However, they both complete the move in the enemy VP hex.
The active player does not declare it a battle hex, given the lack of enemy units.
The reaction player reacts declaring a battle hex (special react move) in the hex the active player just moved in, and moves there a naval unit.
The question is:
- does rule "7.45B-important" apply? (i.e. does the active player land unit sustain a loss and need to retreat, as if it was performing an Amphibious Landing without "moving with a friendly naval unit for the entire lenght of its movement"?)
I can see where there is a window for question, but I think it is fairly clear that when the Reaction Player arrives in the battle hex with naval units that the Operating Player's ground forces are now 'accompanied' by Operating Naval units.
I don't believe they have to spend the whole offensive together to be considered 'accompanied'.
Yes to my understanding if enemy naval units are in location from the start then you must travel together, if you go to location seperatly with no enemy there they are ok even if enemy arrives later, if you go without ships and enemy arrives during reaction you are toast.
Thanks for excellent answers.