i wouldnt say close combat ever was that realistic, sure for its time it was the most realistic game but looking back at bridge to far etc.
We need a new CC i think.
its tanks werent really realistic, but its infantry combat, especially its morale was pretty spot on imho
as for ToW, i played it, got turned off by the useless infantry, lack of proper LoS system (bushes ect dont give cover), halfassed armor system wich makes Panthers and other vehicles wich rely on sloped armor practially useless
unrealistic artillery and aircraft
i could go on and on
btw: id say CM 2 and 3 have around 2-3 times more vehicles than ToW