Indirect fire and battalion Foo’
Battalion level and Regimental HQ indirect weapons (mortars, infantry guns and regimental HQ gun/cannon companies may be called in by any fighting stand, recon or battalion HQ of the fighting battalion which the indirect weapons are attached to, These are called battalion FOO’s
On the artillery response chart you use the battalion support section.
The battalion FOO (fighting stand, recon or battalion HQ) may call in up to 3No indirect fire platoons.
The battalion FOO must follow target priority and call in on the nearest enemy platoons
The battalion FOO must use indirect fire in support of its parent battalion.
Indirect fire and Divisional Foo’s
Divisional artillery regiments are made up of a number of battalions. Each battalion has its own Foo these are called Divisional FOO.
On the artillery response chart you use the Divisional support section.
Divisional artillery battalions are assigned to a fighting battalion along with a Divisional FOO who controls them.
The Divisional FOO does not follow target priority and may pick and choose its targets, not necessarily the nearest. It must use indirect fire in support of its parent battalion.
The Divisional FOO must stay within the command radius of the fighting battalion
The Divisional FOO does not add to the attached battalion’s break point and neither does the assigned artillery battalion as long as it is off table or on table as a complete artillery regiment.
This artillery regiment on table will require a HQ to move the regiment.
When a fighting battalion breaks and is removed from play the Divisional FOO and its assigned artillery battalion move into general support.
This Divisional FOO can then move to a fighting battalion and offer its services to it along with any remaining fire missions, on the artillery response chart you use the Divisional support section with a -1 for general support.
In operational games the spotter aircraft can be used as a Divisional FOO for all divisional artillery using the Divisional support section with a -1 for general support.
If the artillery regiment is on table then its battalions may be broken up and attached directly to fighting battalions the fighting battalion’s break point increases. If the fighting battalion routs it will also take the attached artillery battalion, this attached artillery may only be used by the Divisional FOO which comes with it.
Divisional FOO is represented by a stand, it may not be targeted unless it is the nearest target (it counts as being in cover at all times i.e. 3”), it cannot fight, and if contacted will be destroyed. It will be last on any target priority for firing, close combat and overruns.
It has a more relaxed movement and may turn any No of times with a 12” range.
If a Divisional FOO is lost then the contact to the divisional artillery battalion is lost and only the spotter aircraft can use any remaining fire missions from the artillery battalion.