And thus we have social contact! Talking about the game and how we see it played.
My club is not
, a bunch of stuffy old farts that demand absolute historical lists backed up by several heavy tomes of power and knowledge. (If I came across that way, sorry.
We have been known to actually laugh at the gaming table, even if we roll so horribly bad normal people, (normal in the non- geeky gaming people way), would sob uncontrollably.
We also have been known to play quick pick up games and use GW fantasy scenery. We use silly plastic animals to stand in for WWI aircraft when we play our annual April 1st Wings of Glory tournament.
But, for the most part, we are history buffs, many of us still have direct family ties to WWII (parents), and want to re-enact, on the game board, history. (Keeping in mind it is not real and it is a game)
Do we get it 100% right, 100% of the time? Nope. But does a history book get it right 100% of the time either?
I am sure there are instances of medics taking up arms, just as there are instances of them being targeted. . .by both sides.
One of our club members is working on a Russian late 44-45 Army, they have the House Rule; Destroy the enemy. No one is safe, man, woman, child, medic. . .animal. Based on history.
We game, we have no illusion what we do is earth shattering, but it is based on as close to history as we can get without the use of points.
We are doing the 95th US Infantry Division versus the 416th Infantrie Division. (Called the Whipped Cream division by the Germans, for the amount of old men in it with ulcers.) for Operation Madison, November 1944. The 416th is hopelessly out numbered. But they are dug in and have the benefit of a very short supply line, while the US has a very long and sparse supply line that, historically, was not fully replenished in the October lull in fighting while the 416th was.
(Of course Hitler had pulled some units back to Germany for resupply for the Ardennes campaign due to start in December)
The Germans were relying on the old dictum of a need of 3-1 superiority to beat dug in troops, thus, the 416th has to hold, while the US must break through.
(Historically every two platoons of a German company was equipped with Sturmgewehr 43 assault rifles and crates of Panzerfausts. While US heavy weapons were woefully short of ammunition. And. . .it was the wettest November on record. The US had to employ a "one tank front" and the thin tracked Sherman had a difficult time in the mud.)