Haha glad that you took my advice and actually thanked me for it means a lot man, I'm just glad that my tactics actually work and people agree with that :P now for all of africa.....
I have finally developed Hue to the point where I can declare a colony. In four months, the endless Indochina war should be over. But my conquest of Tonkin has enraged the Chinese, who claim the area as their own. My relations with China are horrible, and getting worse every turn. Fortunately, they are still fighting the Taiping Rebels, though the Taipings are close to being wiped out. Most of my Indochina forces are now on the Chinese border, waiting. China's actions have given me a temporary casus belli against China, which I now know enough to ignore.
France desperately wants peace, but the conquest of Tonkin has planted the seeds of war.
The benefit of defensive posture in that situation is that it allows your troops to recover some cohesion.
Basically in a siege:
1. Passive posture: Just sit there, no siege, run away if attacked, but do recover cohesion much faster. Only for desperate.
2. Defensive posture: Siege the city, defend against sorties or outside attacks.
3. Offensive posture: Siege the city, attack against any forces not besieged.
4. Aggressive posture: Storm the city. Worth a try if your cohesion is good and you greatly outnumber the defenders but will result in massive casualties if not.
Example: When I attacked S-P in my France game, all their armies had been destroyed by the Austrians so only garrisons left.
One Army (About 500 force points) and one good commander each city, stormed the cities, almost no loss to me, total loss to them.
The New Glory of France, a PON Beta AAR:
And in rl or history two french officers traveled down the stream, decided that the whole area was french now and so it was.
Thanks for that Account Vaalen - you have piqued my interest in PON no end. I am off to find a demo