Cutting Support

"Nobody ever defended anything successfully, there is only attack and attack and attack some more" -  Patton

Knowing how to cut support is just as vital as knowing how to give it.  Cutting support can disrupt attacks, help you to field agile defenses and save your territories from capture.

Turkey's army in Greece attacks Austria's fleet with a support order from the army in Serbia.  However, the Austrian attack from Rumania cuts Serbia's support order.

Turkey’s army in Greece attacks Austria’s fleet with a support order from the army in Serbia. However, the Austrian attack from Rumania cuts Serbia’s support order.

As a result, the attack from Greece is unsupported and bounces at (1:1).  The spoiling attack from Rumania that cut the support bounces at (1:1) also.  You don't have to dislodge to cut support.

As a result, the attack from Greece is unsupported and bounces at (1:1). The spoiling attack from Rumania that cut the support also bounces at (1:1). You don’t have to dislodge to cut support.

A move to cut support can be as effective as a normal defense, and doesn’t require the two units to be next to each other!

The unit being attacked can never disrupt the support of the unit that is attacking….

The first exception to the above rule: If a province is being attacked, the unit there can’t cut the support of a unit that is helping attack it:

Can the Austrian army in Rumania cut Bulgaria's support order and save itself?  No.  A unit cannot cut the support of an attack against itself.

Can the Austrian army in Rumania cut Bulgaria’s support order and save itself? No. A unit cannot cut the support of an attack against itself.

Unless the defender manages to dislodge the supporting unit

The exception to the exception.  You CAN disrupt the support of an attack against yourself if you dislodge that unit. 

The same case as above but with one exception.  Here the Austrian army is supported by a fleet, and manages to dislodge Bulgaria.

The same case as above but with one exception. Here the Austrian army is supported by a fleet, and manages to dislodge Bulgaria.

The Result: The Austrian army carries Bulgaria, the Turkish army there is forced to retreat, and the Serbian Turk army moves into Rumania.

The Result: The Austrian army carries Bulgaria, the Turkish army there is forced to retreat, and the Serbian Turk army moves into Rumania.

dislodged unit can still cut another unit’s support (going a different direction)

Because the turn is a simultaneous resolution of all actions, units that are dislodged can still cut support of other attacks:

Even though it's going to be dislodged by a Turkish attack from the south this turn, the army in Rumania is still able to cut the support order of the Russians in the Ukraine, saving it's buddy in Galacia.

Even though it’s going to be dislodged by a Turkish attack from the south this turn, the army in Rumania is still able to cut the support order of the Russians in the Ukraine, saving it’s buddy in Galacia.

reference rules in full page 11 diagram 18

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