Exactly what I am thinking Gino. This seems to be a loophole bound to be used to try and cheese people. If you charge, and throw impact dice, then you should be tied into the combat until it ends, or you break off. There should be no option to use the above diagram to finesse your BGs so you can slide OUT of contact.
Even if Red was a BG of Shock Troop, since "Declare all charges" is before of "CMT for shock troops wishing avoid charging" he doesn't need a CMT of Red BG because target has been "covered" by Pink BG.
This is another question I posted in another thread. This has to be against Author's intent. If there is a legal charge target in front of shock troops, you would roll before any movement was made. Therefore, wouldnt you be obligated to move if you failed it? What if the target evaded? Then you cant know if your other BG can "cover" it up to keep the Knights or other shock from having a legal target.
Which is on page 75 for Clay's benefit
Yeah, I was trying to make a point, although poorly it seems. Having re-read the section yet again, what I was trying to say, is that unless it is impossible to slide, then nothing excludes the Red BG from having to conform to the left. Which would not be the minimum.
pg. 70 - At the start of the manoeuvre phase, the active player's battle groups already in close combat with the enemy MUST (unless otherwise stated below or physically impossible) pivot and or slide bases by the minimum necessary to conform to the enemy bases in contact.
The minimum necessary for the Red bg to slide to conform is to the left. The place it mentions conforming to an overlap, are under the bullet about contacting the flank, but not having a legal flank charge, there is no other mention of conforming into an overlap, so I cant see how that would be legal at all.
So, since Red cannot conform to an overlap, (see above), either, the active player chooses to conform Pink first, and they cannot conform, so Red is stuck as well, and the formation stays as is, but fights as if it had conformed. Or, the active player chooses Red to conform first, and since it cannot push Pink as pink is already in contact, then they still sit there like the diagram has them at impact.
I might be wrong here, but reading page 70 leads me to this conclusion. Of course super secret option 3, would be that all the conforms happen simultaneously, in which case, the minimum sliding to keep everyone legal would be for both BGs to shift left so that they split the enemy BG.
I know a bit mess of a post, but I cant find anything that excludes Red from having to conform frontally, nor can I find an allowance in this case to allow him to conform to an overlap.