I'm still a noob myself, but have seen no difficulty in wading through the multiple echelons with my panzers like a hot knife through butter.
Bear in mind that you're seeing multiple echelons of combat value 1 units in level 0 forts.
Not to mention that many of the units in those echelons turn out to he HQs and air bases.
What it appears to me to be is a tactic designed to make me pay the maximum amount of movement points to wade through it.
Each echelon requires me to expend movement points to attack it and additional movement points for moving into and through ZOCs.
The key is to use your infantry as much as possible to bore the hole through the barrier leaving your tanks with the most possible movement points for exploitation.
<shrug> In the smolensk scenario, vast majority have at least a fort level of one, vast majority have decent combat values, and each turn spent wading through them, the others not involved have their fort level go up to two.
Well aware, and use the standard infantry tactic.
Heck, I took Vitebsk itself, had a bridgehead across the Dvina too, with the 3rd pzg on the *second* turn, facing only a few units in the area...............next turn, surrounded on three sides (not cut off) by several dozen two and three deep........and it's that way from the top of the map, to the bottom.
The world's most impressive logistical feat, in the time frame simulated.
It's like once you hit the Dnepr/Dvina rivers and/or the town on them, a trigger in the game kicks in.
< Message edited by JTP -- 2/18/2016 10:11:12 PM >