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During the planning of the final Russian assault on Berlin in April 1945 – the “Berlin Strategic Offensive Operation” – Marshall Georgy Zhukov used a sandbox-like setup to instruct his commanders about their tasks and targets. In the documentary Hitler’s Last Army the sandbox is shown in several shots, no doubt taken from a Soviet newsreel. To my amazement it looks a bit like a 12′ square wargaming table.

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