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Nice stuff. On the map front, a couple of options occur to me:

  1. The Command Decision Barbarossa/25 campaign is a bathtubbed version of the campaign and includes maps, so all you need to do is to add counters.
  2. Any of the commercial board games on the topic that comes with a map could form the basis of your campaign.

Barbarossa/25 scales the orders of battle down by a factor of 25 which would mean that a platoon on the table would represent a regiment in real life. This would mean that Kampfgruppe Klink would represent a much larger formation, and thus would not disappear into the morass of larger formations on your campaign map. Bathtubbing an order of battle like that requires some compromises, but it could work for your needs.

Using a commercial game has the advantage that you can use the board game system to adjudicate battles that Kampfgruppe Klink is not involved in, and it comes with the counters already. You would just need to allocate Kampfgruppe Klink to one of the counters in the game and follow the action from there. There are a lot of board games that cover this operation, so it comes down to cost and aesthetic preferences. I like The Dark Valley and War without Mercy, but there are a lot more. You could even find an old copy of Fire in the East which the maps in Barbarossa/25 came from and use that, assuming you have a very large table to set the maps up on.

If you don’t want to buy a board game for this purpose, you can also access many of the maps from them using VASSAL. It is possible to print out the maps from VASSAL modules, but you could also just use VASSAL as your campaign map. It has the added advantage that your map cannot have drinks spilt on it or get knocked by passing dogs, cats, children or spouses.

Reading your description, it sounds like you have a fairly linear idea of the campaign, so perhaps you could just mark up a map like this one or these with the battle areas and not worry too much about counters and moving on the map in between games. Your campaign diary would then just show on the map where Kampfgruppe Klink had fought each time.

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