COMMAND NAME Edit
assault - Attack coastal sector from ship
[##:##] Command : assault <SECT> <SHIP> [<forts?> <ships?> <arty?> <planes?>]
The assault command allows your marines to "hit the beaches". It is also the only way to get ashore other than by unloading at a harbor, thus it is the first step to gaining land on a new continent.
Any ship with military can assault a sector containing 0 mil, however only a landing ship can assault a sector with military in it with its full complement of troops. The other ships will only be able to land a fraction of their troops in any given assault (usually 1/10th). This represents the use of the Admiral's gig, the Captain's barge, etc.
Note that some ships will have the semi-lander flag, which allows them to land 25% of their troops.
If you have land units with the 'assault' ability aboard the ship assaulting, you will be asked if you wish them to join in the assault as well. Assaulting units pay one update's worth of mobility, except for marine units, which pay only half of that. Unless assaulting from a ship with landing capability, mobility is further decreased to one update's worth of mobility negated (so that the unit will have zero mobility after the update), except for marine units, whose mobility is decreased to zero instead.
NOTE This mobility loss for units happens whether or not you own the sector being assaulted. If you wish to land troops without suffering this penalty, make/capture a harbor!
If you have ship #28 bearing 10 military at 31,53 it can assault land at any of the adjacent sectors, (32,52; 33,53; 32,54; 30,54; 29,53; or 30,52).
[##:##] Command : assault 32,54 28
This command asks to assault sector 32,54 from ship #28. If you assault with 9 troops and assuming the sector has no military, and since there were 10 troops on the ship to begin with, 90% of the food will be taken along by the assaulting troops, (and each one that makes it will contribute his or her 10% to the conquered sector). A minimum of 1 food will be left on the ship. Land units will not take any food from the ship, and will only have the food they are carrying.
You will be asked for any information which was not included on the command line, (sector to be assaulted, which ship is doing the assaulting, number of brave troops to disembark, land units to use).
The offensive value of assaulting units is cut in half to represent the difficulty of getting to shore, except for "marine" units which assault at full strength.
Units may not retreat from an assault, and will take extra casualties instead if they fail a morale check.
Other than these factors, assault is the same as normal land combat, with forts/units/ships/planes firing on both sides to support, etc. Support arguments are also as in attacking.
See Info: Attacking for the exact procedure. The sector being assaulted will have exactly the same reaction to being conquered as if it were attacked by land.
You may assault your own sectors. In this case, the assaulting mil are added to the mil in the sector, and assaulting land units simply come ashore.
You may also use assault to sneak spies on land. To do this, you must assault with spies only, and they will try and sneak on land. See Info: Spies for more information.