Amphibious Assault and Scramble
If someone conducts an amphibious and uses cruisers for an offshore bombardment, and then the defender scrambles one fighter to erase the offshore bombardment, does the attacker still need to land his troops after the defending fighter is shot down or can he back off. For example, let’s say the Americans want to land on Gibraltar with 4 Infantry and 4 Artillery, supported by 5 cruisers. The Italians have built an airbase there and have six infantry and 3 fighters defending there. The Italians sacrifice one fighter to negate the offshore bombardment, will the the US still have to land the 4 infantry and 4 artillery after the SZ is cleared or can they retreat before the invasion?
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They can retreat after the first round of combat if there are still defending units with combat value in the battle (i.e., non-transports), but if you have cleared the sea zone, you must land.
Thanks. That’s what I thought. If you declare an amphibious invasion, you have to go through with it.
You cannot retreat an amphibious assault. The units after landing cannot retreat back to the ships. The only time an amphibious assault can retreat is if the seazone was not cleared and you have attacking units remaining. In that case they retreat to an adjacent seazone from where any of your ships came from. Also note the units on the transports don’t unload after the retreat.
A transport can load units while in any friendly sea zone along its route, including the sea zone it started in. If a transport loads
land units during the Combat Move phase, it must offload those units to attack a hostile territory as part of an amphibious
assault during the Conduct Combat phase, or it must retreat during the sea combat step of the amphibious assault sequence
while attempting to do so. A transport that is part of an amphibious assault must end its movement in a friendly sea zone (or
one that could become friendly as result of sea combat) from which it can conduct the assault. However, a transport is not
allowed to offload land units for an amphibious assault in a sea zone containing 1 or more ignored enemy submarines unless at
least 1 warship belonging to the attacking power is also present in the sea zone at the end of the Combat Move phase. Page 15
If no land units (carried as cargo) survived the sea combat,
or if the attacking sea units withdrew from the sea combat,
then any other units that were designated to participate in the
land attack (including air units) must still conduct one round
of land combat in a regular attack on the intended hostile
territory before they can retreat.
If the attacker doesnâ€t have any attacking land or air units
left, the amphibious assault is over.
Keep the attacking overland units and seaborne land units
separated on the battle strip. Attacking seaborne units canâ€t
retreat. Attacking overland land units and air units can retreat
(between rounds of combat). All attacking overland land units
must retreat together as a group. They can only retreat to
where at least one of them originated and must all retreat at
the same time and to the same place. A retreat may happen at
the conclusion of any round of combat. Page 17