From: Bristol, UK
1. How far wide can I spread my units? Are they vulnerable, if there are 2-3 hexes between them? Or am I overreacting by placing them so close to one another?
2. What are the effects on soviets after they have been succesfully cut out? Do the effects show up during the next turn, or must I wait longer?
1. Very dependent on circumstances.If the enemy is very weak, i.e virtually nonexistent, then you can spread out as much as you like although you still need to stay solid at the base of the penetration.If he's strong, even SS divisions stacked two high may not be enough to prevent a pocket being broken.
Pay particular attention to cutting rail lines, both to prevent hasty retreats and to stop reinforcements being brought up quickly.On the turn the offensive begins, use air recon extensively to find enemy rear units.Don't just fly one or two missions, one or two hundred is nearer the mark especially in closed terrain.Even then you can still miss the odd one or two.
2. Effects are drastic and show up in the next turn.Stored ammo and supplies don't seem to make much difference, once you're isolated you're a dead duck.
General tip for creating pockets.
Learn how to herd.That is force defending units to retreat where you want them to.
< Message edited by timmyab -- 11/14/2012 2:00:10 PM >