Eastern front, let attack through and envelop? Was that ever considered?

So as the fight in the Soviet Union continues to just rage on- I’ve wondered a few times if it was ever considered to allow an attack to break through the line, get some really good penetration, and then close up the gap and cut them off.

Of course, this would mean allowing enough reserves in the back to deal with that- but there seemed to be a few times during this battle where either the Soviets or the Germans could have allowed an attack to do that, and take advantage of the aggression.

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I guess a situation that comes close to the scenario you describe is Mansteins counter attack at Kharkov, read here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_Battle_of_Kharkov