From: Bristol, UK
If I understand you correctly then I think you're right, it's best not to concentrate too obviously for an impending offensive.In fact do the opposite, concentrate phantom armies behind vulnerable looking points in the Soviet defense.If it's done properly it's impossible to distinguish between a real buildup and a phony one.In fact the phony one should be more convincing.Broken down divisions are very good for this, especially spare armor, also broken down infantry, security divisions and spare HQ units.Keep the broken down divisions at least three hexes from the nearest Soviet unit and keep it all hidden if the terrain allows it just as you would for a real buildup.In the Eastern Ukraine where there's not much covered terrain, the armor can be displayed to air recon and these phantom armies look even more convincing.
In the real assault zone it's absolutely vital that the enemy gets no hint of what's coming so keep most of the armor away.In open terrain areas this may have to be a fair distance for some of it.Better that than to have an alerted opponent.This armor can also act as a decoy if placed behind the front line, say 10 to 15 hexes away from the target hexes, drawing defenders towards it and weakening the assault zone.The nearest, (at least three hexes from nearest enemy), non-open terrain should be reserved for armor, but don't overdo it in open terrain areas or the three stacks will draw attention.Sometimes the assault infantry can't be hidden, this is a problem, but still keep them three hexes from the front line.Good Soviet players will recognize the best German infantry and it's a dead giveaway.The rest of the infantry can be drawn from the nearby front lines and others railed in later.
All this seems like a lot of bother and a waste of MPs, but it more than pays off when your assault goes through the Soviet defense like a knife through butter and the armor slices through thin air behind it.
< Message edited by timmyab -- 6/22/2012 12:02:42 PM >