Awards Replacements Promotions Decorations

You're often allotted promotions and decorations to give to the surviving crewmen in your platoon. Each crewman may receive only one promotion and one decoration after a battle. Each promotion or decoration improves his quality one level. It's assumed that men of greater skill are those who deserve a promotion or decoration. Skill levels, from highest to lowest, are:

EX Expert

SP Superior

GD Good

FR Fair

PR Poor

IN Inept t Killed in action

Giving Awards: To give an award, use the Controller to move the highlight to a man's name. Then press the "p" key to promote him, or the "d~ key to decorate him. You can use Selector #i to examine his record. You can also examine the final status of his tank, and adjust the standard ammo-mix of that tank.

Promotions move a crewman one slot up the rank ladder. Each promotion improves a crewman's quality one level. Ranks possible, in order from highest to lowest, are:

Cpt Captain

1 Lt First Lieutenant

2 Lt Second Lieutenant

1 SG First Sergeant

MSG Master Sergeant

SFG Sergeant First Class

" Cpl Corporal (e4)

PFC Private First Class (e3)

Pv2 Private (e2)

Promotions are limited by the current duty of the tank crewmen. Crewmen within a tank have a hierarchy. The top man in each tank (the commander) must also be the highest ranking man. The second man from the top (the gunner) must be the second highest rank, etc. Lower level men can have equal rank to the man above, but cannot exceed his rank. This sometimes prevents promotions.

Decorations also improve quality one level. You do not control the exact decoration received. Instead the crewman may receive another of the same, or a slightly more prestigious medal, depending on the whims of higher headquarters. To see the exact medal awarded, after pressing "d" to decorate the man, press Selector #1 to view his record.

There are four different types of medals awarded. From rarest to most common these are:

CMOH Congressional Medal of Honor

DSC Distinguished Service Cross

SS Silver Star

BSV Bronze Star for Valor

Current rank and hierarchy within a tank have no effect on decorations. Any man can receive a decoration, even if his superiors don't.

Posthumous Awards are allowed. They have no effect on platoon quality, since awards won't bring the dead back to life.

Dead crewmen and damaged or wrecked vehicles are replaced automatically. Casualties & Replacements As a point of information, the following occurs "behind the scenes":

Replacement Crewmen: When you leave the awards, the surviving crewmen of each tank automatically consolidate to the most important position available, given their rank. For example, if a tank lost its commander, but the other three crewmen survived, then the gunner automatically moves to the commander's spot, the driver becomes the gunner, and the loader becomes the driver. This leaves the loader's spot (the lowest) vacant.

After the survivors have consolidated, new replacements arrive to take over the bottom slots now vacant. Although these replacements have a very low rank, their skills vary widely.

Replacement Tanks: If an entire tank crew is wiped out, the surviving crews may renumber their tanks. This reorganization depends on the rank of each tank commander. The surviving commander with the highest rank is always the platoon leader in tank #1. The next highest surviving commander becomes the second-in-command in tank #4.

After the survivors renumber their vehicles, whole new vehicles are brought up from depots along with entire new crews. Since these are trained crews rather than individual replacements, they have ranks appropriate to their duties. However, their skills still vary widely.

When you select "single engagement" you fight just one battle, then return to the starting options again. However, your platoon record is ongoing. You can fight Conclusions engagement after engagement with the same platoon. You can even combine Single Engagements single engagements with campaigns. However, you cannot interrupt a campaign for a single engagement, then return to the same campaign. If you interrupt a campaign, you end it.

Single engagements can be in any weather, and sometimes are at night.

Campaigns A campaign is a series of battles. The results of each battle strongly afTects what orders each side gets for the next battle. However, random factors representing events elsewhere also play a role. The numerical rating of your platoon has no effect on the campaign. Events are determined solely by how well you fulfill your orders and how well you frustrate the Pact's plans.

Night & Weather: There are two types of campaigns, summer and winter. The introductory briefing to the first engagement tells you which applies. Needless to say, weather is much worse in winter campaigns.

The Pact forces are aware of your night-fighting advantages. They only attack in daytime. American forces will mount day or night operations in roughly equal proportions.

Duration & Quality Changes: Unless your platoon is wiped out or retired, a campaign lasts at least five or six battles, often much longer. You'll discover that if the enemy consistently loses battles then t hey'll reorganize and send in better equipment, making your job harder. On the other hand, if you're constantly losing the enemy will transfer their modern formations elsewhere and use older material on your front.

Victory & Defeat: Ultimately a campaign ends in a NATO or Warsaw Pact victory. You'll win if you put together a "winning streak" of engagements that pleases your superiors and defeats the Pact. Conversely, you'll lose if the Pact puts together a series of victories against your platoon. Remember, the numerical rating of your platoon does not effect the course of the war.

A special graphic display appears when a campaign ends. If you're victorious, your platoon history can continue. You could even start another campaign. If you're defeated, your platoon becomes prisoners of war. The platoon history ends. If you wish to continue you must create a new platoon.

Losing the Platoon if all sixteen men of your platoon are killed in battle, the platoon's history ends.

When a platoon is completely wiped out the US Army does not send more replacements. Instead they disband the unit. Therefore you cannot continue with that platoon, you must create a new one. An ongoing campaign immediately ends when your platoon is wiped out.

Mandatory Retirement With great reluctance the US Army recognized that men can bear only so much combat action before their minds break. Therefore, after about 99 battles they retire a platoon to non-combat duties. This ends the platoon's combat record. Make the most of your combat opportunities while you can.

Just surviving 99 battles is quite an achievement. In real life it's doubtful that many platoons could do that.

Once you've survived, youH want to measure your career accomplishments. The platoon's rating after 99 battles reflects this:

Career Rating Under 50,000: This is a mediocre showing. Obviously you've been very cautious. The platoon's crewmen may think you're a fine fellow, since casualties were probably light.

Career Rating 50-100,000: A solid, professional performance. Military men would be satisfied with this level of performance. Expect a score in this range, since it's rather difficult to surpass.

Career Rating 100-140,000: This is a superior record that only the more daring and successful commanders reach. Yourrecord has attracted attention and favorable comment. You'll go far in the US Army.

Career Rating 140-170,000: This is a remarkable record that very few commanders would ever achieve. Your exploits are famous throughout the army.

Career Rating Over 170,000:This is an almost unbelievable record. You've probably won a number of campaigns single-handed! Your exploits are legend in the army and famous throughout the world. Erwin Rommel, George Patton, and Morshe Dayan all step aside. You're now the top tanker in world history!

Tie Breakers: If two platoons have similar ratings, the platoon with the fewer losses is the best militarily. You can even divide the career rating by the platoon's casualties.

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