Transport Bridging Question …
Question has to do with the use of an ally’s transport for “bridging” troops…
Say U.S. has a transport in SZ7 (English channel). Can British troops in England use the transport to cross the channel in one turn and amphibiously assault Western Europe? Or would the troops have to board on one NCM, and offload on the next turn during Combat, even though the transport does not move out of the sea zone?
Inclination is to believe that the “bridging” would take 2 turns, since even though the transport does not change sea zones, it technically is “transporting” troops across a body of water.
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Yes, it does take 2 turns.
When you board an allied TRN, once on board you are “cargo” of the TRN. That means that, upon boarding, you are part of the TRN, and your further movement passes to the TRN. Then, on your nation’s NEXT turn, you can offload.
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Being carried on a transport counts as the land units entire move; it cannot move before loading or after offloading.
Boarding is movement. Offloading is movement. Therefore, you cannot board, and them make another mvoement to offload in the same turn.
The real kicker for clarification is in LHTR.
LHTR uses the same wording in the description of transports… with one MAJOR clarification…
Land units belonging to friendly powers must load in their controllers turn, be carried on your turn, and offload on a later turn of their controller.