All Brigades have a morale rating. The 3 grades of morale are;
Elite, Veteran, and Green. All this means is that the better the
quality of your troops, the more casualties they can take before
they become "shaken" or "broken".
These are shown by the by the use of the "S" and
the "B" icons.
If a unit does not have either of the above icons, then it is fresh.
If it has an “S” icon, then it is shaken, and if it
has the “B” icon, then it is “broken” (and you might
want to remove it from range of the enemy).
This is important because when a brigade becomes shaken they will
not follow your orders as well, and will have a harder time rallying
When they become broken, to move or rally becomes even harder.
There is even the chance they will run away completely.
This is based on how many casualties they have taken and what the
quality of the troops is. You can tell the morale of your brigades
by clicking on them and looking at the menu.
When you give an order to a brigade, the game first checks if the
brigade wants to follow your orders.
- When a unit is fresh they usually follow your orders.
- As they take casualties, and they become shaken they
may not want to follow your orders quickly, sometimes not moving
as far as they might have, sometimes not moving at all.
- If they unit becomes broken when you give them an order
they may even run away.
Other things make the brigade likely or not likely to follow your
orders. If a brigade is/has:
- disordered from enemy fire, this will make them want
to follow your orders less.
- a commander lead them (see orders for commanders) they will
follow your orders more.
- an Exceptional Brigade, Divisional or Corps
Commander they will follow your orders more
- in column they will follow your orders more.
What can also slow your troops is if they are Fatigued. Every
time a brigade does something, it becomes a bit more fatigued. Eventually
as the brigade move, shoots, fights, etc., it will become Fatigued,
and have a (F) placed on it.
A Green unit becomes fatigued more quickly than a Veteran or Elite
When a unit stands still and does nothing, including NOT being
shot at by the enemy, its fatigue reduces. If it has an (F)
on it, this will be removed after a certain time of not moving,
shooting, fighting, etc.
Fatigue also has a negative effect on a unit when shooting or in
||This brigade is fatigued