A discussion on the Crossfire Yahoo Forum got me thinking about the protective cover offered by wall features in Crossfire. I think I had it wrong. The difference of interpretation relates to whether or not a wall provides protective cover in direct fire between two squads, neither of which is touching the wall.
What Crossfire says
Crossfire does not say very much about walls:
CF4.4 p. 5 “Bocage/Hedges/Walls (Protective Cover)”, “Bocage and Hedges Block LOS. Walls do not.”
My original interpretation
Originally I thought protective cover to any fire (direct or indirect) required target stand to physically adjacent to the wall.
My current interpretation
Following the discussion on the Yahoo group I think a wall provides protective cover if the shooting squad is not touching the wall and the LOS / line of fire crosses the wall (direct fire only).
Some things remain unchanged from my original interpretation:
- walls provide no protective cover to direct fire if the shooter is touching the wall
- walls provide protective cover to indirect fire if the target is physically touching the wall