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Supply Wagons in combat Edit
When used in formations, Supply Wagons line up behind infantry, along with Generals and Artillery Weapons. Supply Wagons are unarmed and cannot withstand many attacks before being destroyed. They do benefit from a General's defense aura, but even with increased armor they still remain extremely vulnerable to most enemy attacks. An army should be especially aware of Light Cavalry units and armored fighting vehicles, as these unit types get damage bonuses when attacking Supply Wagons. Additionally, adding in a small rearguard of heavy infantry and light infantry can help in defending the 'support' section of the army without detracting too much from the overall assault. However, Supply Wagons can be effective, albeit expensive, decoys. Send in a small force of light infantry to escort the Supply Wagon while attacking somewhere else. However, this tactic is expensive and should only be used when resources are abundant.
Vice versa, when being invaded by an enemy army, their Supply Wagons should be a priority target (along with Generals). A way to respond to an invading army is to set aside a small group of four to six Light and/or Ranged Cavalry units (early ages) or armored fighting vehicles (late ages) in their own hotkey group. Use this group to flank the enemy's army and directly attack Supply Wagons and Generals (such flanking attacks may receive a +50% to +100% damage bonus). This greatly decreases the effectiveness of the army and may even force them to retreat. Such a counter strategy becomes even more effective, when the defending nation has large attrition modifiers on its side, such as from being Russian or owning the Colosseum.