When an artillery shell hits the ground it causes fear in an area but if the shell hits a unit or wreckage then it doesn’t cause any fear. It’s pretty noticeable with the fear bar in the new healthbars widget. I’m sure this happens with the deployable howitzers, I seem to remember it happening with mortars as well. I’m not sure at all if it also happens with the heavily armed support tanks (105 sherman and 95 cromwell) or self propelled howitzers.
I have mostly noticed this when an arty shell hits a factory. I also remember this happening when an arty shell hit a soldier (direct hit, not a near hit that fell on the ground); the rest of the soldiers around him didn’t flinch. I’ll test more thoroughly and report back.
So I was testing this, because I wasn’t sure it still worked…turns out several tanks don’t have the tag applied (like the tiger). however, when units that actually have the tag are around, it does indeed function properly.