If as the result of your (or your enemies') maneuvers there is a contact there will be a tactical combat which is automatically resolved by the computer (tactical combat not involving your own tanks) or is fought by you in the 3D-tank-sim mode.
In the following screen shots, an Angolan Civil War scenario that I started playing last night.
|Scenario selection interface in Steel Armor. In each theater of operations you will fight more than one tactical battle, off course.|
|This is the turn based interface. Own forces can be moved by the player in this square-based map. Urgent memo: Alegre is going to get it ...|
|This is a map view of an ongoing, 3D-battle. Note the interface in the right of the screen shot: you can command any of the forces and give them orders (move, defend, assault, modify formation).|
|Outside view of my T-62 rushing to support the troops in the far background. Note the red icons, exactly like in Achtung Panzer.|