(ABOVE) View of the table from the German end.
(ABOVE) 1st SS Recon Battalion ready to roll.
(ABOVE) Panzer grenadiers and panzer battalions. They are merely lined up for my own administrative counting. This is not their tactical deployment.
(ABOVE) A view of the Soviet defenses behind their front lines.
Normally, the units on the table are two stands each. When units dig in or deploy into a town, I represent them with only one stand to show that they are in a more defensive posture. It's much more effective than the stupid pipe cleaner fortifications I was using to show that 27 infantry companies began the game "dug-in". I also justify the smaller unit footprint by arguing that a mobile, more offensive unit would have its sub-elements more widely dispersed during the course of a turn than a unit committed to hunkering down in its trenches.
(ABOVE and BELOW) So, the table might look big, but tucked away in the cabinet are the many reinforcements that are destined to arrive and die on the battlefield.