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Old 07-24-2018, 02:40 PM
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bikes make a lot of sense in a post TDM world. without regular supplies of petrol bikes are a cheap and reliable means of transportation for troops that need rapid transport over relatively short distances. they are also quiet enough to get fairly close to an enemy position before a raid.
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Old 07-24-2018, 10:57 PM
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Tthey are also quiet enough to get fairly close to an enemy position before a raid.
The problem is knowing where the enemy and especially their patrols and sentries actually are...
If your side is capable of moving, so are they, even if it's just sweeping the local area. In fact patrolling actually becomes MORE important when a unit is in defence.
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Old 07-25-2018, 12:18 PM
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The problem is knowing where the enemy and especially their patrols and sentries actually are...
If your side is capable of moving, so are they, even if it's just sweeping the local area. In fact patrolling actually becomes MORE important when a unit is in defence.
Cavalry do it all the time - thats why you send out scouts ahead of the main body - i.e. "you, you and you go ride point" - and hoping that the point you dont get is the point of the bullet hitting you when you ride into the ambush - unless you run into guys who are actually smart enough to let the point team go by without hitting them so they can hit the main body instead
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Cavalry send out scouts which actually dismount from time to time and creep up on foot to look over hilltops, around buildings, etc.
They also generally have better mobility than bikes and therefore can move quicker off road. Sure the average person can ride a bike, but how many can manage it where there aren't paths, especially with the basic sort of bikes likely to be in production post nuke?
Both though have their strengths and weaknesses compared to the other.
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And it's worth remembering that cavalry is typically trained in reconnaissance techniques so that rather then being purely a light skirmishing force, they are also information gatherers.
They train to be stealthier than the typical infantry unit so that they can not only get in and collect that intel, but get away with it without getting into a fight.
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Old 07-26-2018, 11:12 PM
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Yes, "modern" cavalry are far from the shock troops of the 19th Century and before.
Sure, they can fight, but that's not their true role. Their combat ability is aimed more at enabling them to disengage and get the hell out of there.
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