Standard Crossfire doesn’t restrict the stands on the side initiating the close combat. So more than one platoon can be involved. Somehow this always upsets me. I squirm every time new players ask “can I add in stands from other platoons to this close combat?”
I’ve got two problems with the rules as they are:
In the example I’m going to use three Soviet platoons surround a German occupied house.
The way I look at it, if only a platoon can coordinate fire in Crossfire (e.g. a “crossfire” or “fire group”) then only a platoon should have sufficient ability to coordinate a close assault.
In the example, only one of the Soviet platoons can shoot at the German stand. The 1st Platoon is the best choice as it has two stands within line of sight and capable of doing a group fire. 2nd and 3rd Platoons can only bring one squad to bear so would be less potent in shooting.
It doesn’t happen often but you do occasionally see a couple of platoons clustered around a building, conducting a close assault. Definitely a winning tactic, but I’m always suspicious of “winning tactics” as they aren’t necessarily historical.
In the example, all three Soviet platoons can contribute squads. Only one commander counts but all of the squads can go in. In the photo only four squads have reached the walls of the building but geometry suggests you could get up to 12 squads on the walls.
Potential House Rule
If I went for a house rule then I’d restrict close combat to phasing squads of the same platoon plus a commander who is in line of command for the platoon.
In the example, only one of the three platoons would be allowed to close combat the German squad in the building. Once again 1st Platoon is the logical candidate as it has more squads.