|A battalion in a column by divisions formation (right) will take 25 seconds of game time to transition into a line formation (left).|
As you know the line formation brings the most firepower of the battalion onto the enemy. A battalion will automatically deploy into a line formation when it is in range of an enemy formation, that's why I'm interested in these transitions (they will happen without my supervision most of the time).
|A battalion in a column formation (foreground) will take 42 seconds of game time to transition into a line formation (background).|
Now, the interesting stuff happens at the brigade level, where the player can deploy his forces in a combination of formations, as shown below.
|A brigade viewed from the left flank. The foreground battalion (left flank) is deployed in a columns by division formation, the center battalions are in line formation (one battalion has deployed skirmishers).|