We had a Napoleonic Game last night and there was a bit of discussion about the giving of Orders.
I had a Brigade of French Infantry and I have previously given the order. "The Brigade will Form Column of Attack and assault the enemy to it's front" I passed the the test comfortably so my units formed up and advanced.
In the opposition players turn he raked my attack columns with cannon and musketry which caused two the Battalions to become disordred.
Now because they were disordered I was unable give them an order. However an attack order had already been succesffully communicated to that Brigade. They were unable to move on initiative so effectively ground to a standstill.
We played it this way as assumed this reflected the fact that the weight of fire from the enemy line was enough to cause the attack column to stall. The need for further orders to relected the fact that this was the Officers re-organising the unit and "jimmying" them forward.
My question is. Do fresh orders have to be given to a Brigade every turn even if that order is exactly the same as the previous turn?