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In continued reading of the history of the Great Pacific War between Chile and the allied forces of Peru and Bolivia, I find some interesting morale events. Rather than a simple picture of retiring or routing if broken, there are reports of groups being diminished but not breaking, instead fighting to the last man despite hopeless odds. Also recorded are instances where, when frightened, a group will launch an attack. So here are the first of some Special rules that can be applied to troops.

Dogged. This unit may lose effectiveness and become paralysed with fatalism, but will never run. When testing morale, use the following results table:

  • All successes. No effect. Carry on.
  • Any failure, the unit is Checked. It may be Checked several times. This continues to reduce their rate of fire by half, rounding down, and may continue to the point that the unit may not shoot at all. It may still continue to engage in hand to hand combat if attacked. It requires an Action to remove each Checked status.

Flighty. The unit is brittle with unpredictable passions. When testing morale, use the following results table:

  • All successes. No effect. Carry on.
  • One failure, the unit retires one move.
  • Two failures, the unit flees two moves.
  • Three failures, the unit charges the nearest enemy unit and if it makes contact may immediately engage in hand to hand combat as a free action.
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