Here's a deeper question I've always wondered about, and never seen anything on -- how did the Germans' organize the echeloning of their HQ? Did they echelon them at all?
What I mean is this: in British/Commonwealth practice, there would actually be up to no less than FOUR DIFFERENT headquarters for a unit, as follows:
(1) Tactical HQ -- "Tac HQ" -- the commander himself, with as little as one or two armoured vehicles to drive around, hold a few radios and maps, and see things for the commander himself.
(2) Forward HQ -- larger than Tac, and set-up for continuous ops 24/7, with a duty staff to answer the radio/mail, keep track of things, provide accomodation, food etc, but still be further forward than....
(3) Main HQ -- where the bulk of the staff was located, coordinating everything, and finally...
(4) Rear HQ -- which would coordinate the rear area logistic type matters for the headquarters in question.
Echeloning in this fashion was not confined to very large high level HQ (eg, Eisenhower, Monty, or Bradley), but was often practiced right down to battalion level. Tac HQ for a bn could be as simple as the CO going forward in his own Bren carrier with a radioman and soldier or two, to observe for himself, while forward HQ would be a few trenches with a duty watch set-up, main would be the bulk of the 20ish pers in bn HQ, and rear would be set-up around the Admin company comd a few km back in the bn admin area. You get the idea.
Did the Germans practice anything like this?