From: Chichester UK
I keep seeing comments about how the maps need to be bigger.
But the average frontage for a WW2 battalion on the attack was from 500-1000 meters, so it would seem to me the maps are pretty close. Remember that these actions did not take place in a strategic vacuum, there would be other units operating on either flank the vast majority of the time, and units weren't supposed to cross over into other units area of operations. Prevents blue on blue and all that.
Since the manuever element is apparently supposed to be platoons in PC (with some ordering of squads), I am assuming the game is aimed at company to battalion level actions, in which case the maps are about the right size.
If you wanted to play regimental level actions they would need to be about twice the size they are now, but that is stepping a level of command higher than the game is really suited for methinks. I know gamers have a tendency towards playing games at larger than intended levels...we used to play Panzerblitz with all the maps and all the counters
Allowing for set-up zones, the actual distance between opposing forces can be less than 500m at the start of a battle. This can lead to a situation where there is very little room for maneouver and, consequently, few tactical options available.
This might apply in some historical situations i.e. where both sides were entrenched and one side launches an offensive. However, in most maneouver battles the start line for an attack was, generally, further than 500m away from the enemy.
Larger maps would allow more scenario types and tactical options and enable, for instance, the defender to be able to fall back, progressively over a decent distance.
Also, generally, German optics were superior to Soviet optics and their tanks could succesfully engage at much longer ranges. This gave their smaller forces a balance against the numerically superior Soviet tanks. This cannot be replicated on smaller maps.
I would agree, that for infantry based battles and certainly for urban battles, the current maps are sufficient.