Formation Movement Question
Posted 23 December 2008 - 03:30 PM
Posted 25 December 2008 - 04:40 AM
Posted 25 December 2008 - 11:14 AM
Given the doctrine of the period and the limited communication options available, I'd have to say no. A division would need to complete it's current manuver before another can be ordered Controlling a division of 4+ ships with only signal flags and blinkers (radio, although available, was still in its infancy) can be, under the best of conditions, difficult. Add in the copious amounts of coal smoke generated by ships at battle speed, plus gunsmoke and the general confusion of battle, and attempting more than one evolution at a time would have been very risky, if not suicidal.
A formation of ships is moving in a line astern formation. During movement, the formation begins a turn in succession. At the end of the movement phase, some of he ships have turned (at point X) and have a new course, and others are still moving toward point X. During the next movement phase, can the lead ship in the formation begin a new turn in succession (at Point Y) before all of the ships have reached Point X or must all of the ships in the formation have the new heading before a new turn can begin?
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