I was just curious if anyone knew the rationale for German command being so horribly overloaded? I'm in my first game as German and its quite noticeable. Also, I have read extensively about Barbarossa without finding that command overload was a real issue.
I have a few hypothesis:
1. The weren't enough officers to form additional HQs. Seems unlikely given the experience level of the army on the eve of the campaign.
2. The Germans were idiots who did not mind commanders being reduced to the role of cheerleaders. After all, they were just fighting the Soviets so why bother?
3. The game model is incorrect, and von Rundstedt actually could effectively command his armies. German Army Group, and perhaps Army and Corps, capacity is really too low.
4. Its just me missing the obvious
Looking forward to thoughts on the subject.
The Germans did have command problems too. David Stahel's books are very good at showing how the german generals function together and with hitler.
For instance, Heinz Guderian drove on Yel'nya for an leap point for an offensive towards moscow instead of sealing the smolensk pocket. Panzer group 3 (hoth) had to try and extend further to seal the pocket. 10th Panzer and Das Reich got chew right down just trying to defend Yel'nya. While Hoth had to extend more to try and close the pocket, which wasnt the plan. They never used Yel'nya as a lauch point as Guderian was sent south afterwards.
The reason was Halder wanted to force hitler hand to go for Moscow, where as, hitler plan was never for Moscow first. Halder kept his Army center general's (hoth, gunderian, bock) in the dark in what the plan was after the initial encirclements.
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