Some design comments from memory.
The issue with Allied air units supporting Soviet attacks was a problem. Now, they should have their range clipped (if not done already); IIRC, not only did they not support Soviet attacks, there were instances of friendly fire against Soviet units.
Another problem was the German airborne (von der Heydte) unit. It was able to drop into the Allied rear and blow bridges etc. -- without the presence of hundreds of French and Belgian light infantry battalions that were performing a security role behind Allied lines. My knowledge of the French metropolitan OOB was very sketchy back then.
This was designed in the days before multiple objective tracks, and starting with the Ardennes Offensive made things messy because the Germans had both advancing and retreating phases in the scenario.
The weather was challenging to model because on 16 December 1944, it was still relatively mild in terms of temperature, but got very frosty afterward. I recall Thomas Kolley pointing out to me the photographs of the initial German advance in the Ardennes -- some or little snow. By comparison, the photos of the Allied counterattack often depict heavy snow. Not to mention the Ardennes/Eifel area seems to have its own weather at times.
If the old map looked a bit stitched together, that's because it was. The Eastern Front was the map from Thomas Kolley's "House of Cards" scenario, and I expanded it to the west so we could create a "Germany 1945" scenario at division level.
I should mention Thomas was a talented Dutch wargamer and very good person to work with. He has a lot of knowledge of the World War Two military forces. We also had some interesting "philosophical" discussions about things like place names. My hearty thanks go to Silvanski for keeping this scenario going.
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