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On the 12th of November 1941 the Soviets captured the Nauvaara Ridge field base on the eastern side of the Ylä-Mustajärvi Lake. Base was re-captured by the SS-Division Nord on the 13th, but was lost again on the 14th. Finnish Maj. Gen. Siilasvuo demanded that the Ridge has to be taken before the Louhi offensive continues, so the SS-Infantry Regiment 7 attacked the 72nd Border Guard Detachment on the 17th.
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Since the Ridge was not captured, Siilasvuo decided not to continue the strike towards the Louhi railway station. Generaloberst von Falkenhorst agreed and the III Corps was ordered to take defensive positions on the line Lohilahti - Hangasvaara - Ylä-Mustajärvi. AOK Norwegen also ordered that SS-Infantry Regiment 9, Peatland Battalion, Artillery Battalion 496 and 10th Rocket Launcher Battery had to be issued back to the AOK.
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Here we see some Finnish artillery pieces and men unloading the shells on the 18th in the Kiestinki area. Seems that they're weighing some, but have no clue about the caliber. Note that the truck is using gasoline, not wood gas.
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Finnish soldiers enjoy the heat of the sun in 31.3.1942 in Kiestinki.
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Some Finnish AA crew standing by in the Kiestinki area on the 28th of May 1942. Seems that they're having a 40 mm Bofors. Note the Hungarian helmets, but what's the different?
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This Panzerbefehlswagen III Ausf. H was issued to the Panzer-Abteilung z.b.V. 40 in May 1942. Turret was bolted in place and the dummy gun was mounted only to cover the purpose of the tank. The frame antenna behind the turret reveals this being a commander tank. Only armament was one 7,92 mm MG-34 in the turret.
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At the time the unit was supporting a counter attack against the Soviet 168th Division in the Kiestinki area.
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The Finnish-German troops pressured the enemy, but practically their advancing was stopped. Fortunately the reinforcements started to reach the battlefield. The 99th Panzergrenadier Abteilung was issued to the SS-Division Nord and the 99th Bicycle Abteilung to the Finnish Division J.
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On the 12th of November 1941 the Soviets captured the Nauvaara Ridge field base on the eastern side of the Ylä-Mustajärvi Lake. Base was re-captured by the SS-Division Nord on the 13th, but was lost again on the 14th. Finnish Maj. Gen. Siilasvuo demanded that the Ridge has to be taken before the Louhi offensive continues, so the SS-Infantry Regiment 7 attacked the 72nd Border Guard Detachment on the 17th.
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Since the Ridge was not captured, Siilasvuo decided not to continue the strike towards the Louhi railway station. Generaloberst von Falkenhorst agreed and the III Corps was ordered to take defensive positions on the line Lohilahti - Hangasvaara - Ylä-Mustajärvi. AOK Norwegen also ordered that SS-Infantry Regiment 9, Peatland Battalion, Artillery Battalion 496 and 10th Rocket Launcher Battery had to be issued back to the AOK.
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Here we see some Finnish artillery pieces and men unloading the shells on the 18th in the Kiestinki area. Seems that they're weighing some, but have no clue about the caliber. Note that the truck is using gasoline, not wood gas.
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Finnish patrol from the 3rd Division is having a break in the Uhtua area on the 14th of November 1941.
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Since advancing was already stopped there and the Germans were having huge troubles in the Petsamo-Litsajoki area, the German-Finnish HQs had focused in capturing the Louhi railway station.
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Finnish Maj. Gen. Siilasvuo had requested detailed offensive plans from the SS-Division Nord and Division J 'til the 15th. The offensive launched on the 1st was temporarily paused because cleaning of the pockets formed on the 7th demanded the use of all available troops.
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Yesterday 76 years ago, on the 11th of November 1941, the Finnish III Corps decided to concentrate the Finnish Division J to attack along the Kestenga-Louhi railroad and ordered the SS-Division Nord to advance along the road. Both units had to, however, before continuing the offensive, make defense lines in the captured areas.
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Here we see some unnamed Germans from the Uhtua area on the 12th. At the time the Finnish-German offensive was stopped and the 3rd Division was in defensive positions. According to my present knowledge the 3rd Company of the Panzer-Abteilung z.b.V. 40 was the only German unit there.
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Interesting detail: In November-December in the Uhtua area there were appr. 500 men fighting the Soviet partisans
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On November the 1st 1941 the Finnish III Corps launched an attack towards the Louhi railway station on the Kirov Railway. The German Task Force Schreiber (strenghtened SS-Infantry Regiment 6 from the SS-Division Nord) was ordered to secure the southern side of the Ylä-Mustajärvi lake. Finnish Division J attacked along the Louhi-Kestenga railroad and then turned towards the Kestenga-Jelettijärvi Road.
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The Soviet Infantry Regiments 421 and 611 were surrounded 'til the 7th. It took several days to clean the fiercely resisting pockets so here we see some Finnish AT squad softening the enemy on the 11th. The gun is a French-made 25 mm Hotchkiss Mle 34. The gun was liked among the gunners because of the accuracy and light weight.
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The Finns wanted to buy 300 "Mariannes" from France during the Winter War, but managed to get only 50. In February 1940 40 guns were delivered via Norway, some of them issued to the front immediately. Remaining 10 guns were captured by Germans during the Operation Weserübung, but during the Interim Peace they were handed to Finns - and 200 other guns were bought from the German war booty.
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The command post of the Finnish Infantry Regiment 12 on the 4th of November 1941.
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On the day the Regiment was securing the back sectors of Task Forces Hannelius and Reunanen. While doing that it was prepared to continue attacking towards the Jelovoje Lake at the Kestenga front.
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Col. Albert Puroma, Commander of the Regiment, earned nickname "Reikärauta-Puroma" when the unit was ordered to attack the Salla village in the summer of 1941. Before the strike he gave a speech to his men using the word 'reikärauta' (shooting iron) instead of 'kivääri' (rifle).
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In the evening of the 1st of November 1941 the SS-Infantry Regiment 9 was still struggling at the first Soviet defense line in the Veturipuro area.
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After breaking through the Soviet lines along the railroad the Finns turned northwest, towards the Kiestinki - Louhi main road trying to reach it, but were eventuaĺly stopped some 500 meters from there at midnight.
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Col. Väinö Palojärvi, commander of the Division J, then ordered that on the next day the Infantry Regiment 12 should cut the road and continue rushing eastwards along it. The area between the road and railway should be cleaned by the Infantry Regiment 14. The Germans should hold the ground they've captured, left-flank the enemy and continue rushing towards their original target area.
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This pic depicts an unnamed Finnish flamethrower operator neutralizing an enemy bunker in the area.
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Finnish medics in action during an attack towards the Louhi railway station in the Kestenga area, Nov 1 1941. Note the tent in the back, indicating that they're not in the front line.
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The Finnish Task Force Malm was ordered to flank the Soviets in the Pieni lohijärvi - Lohijärvi - Lohivaara area on the 31st of October, but the enemy counterstrike forced them to retreat to their starting point in the Lohilahti village.
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They tried again on the next day, starting at 12.30 PM. Having almost reached their new target, the Lohivaara - Pinkolahti road, a rumour saying that they've been surrounded started to spread among the troops. Units broke up and gathering the men took over three hours. The HQ of the III Corps paused their offensive.
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Today 76 years and 49 minutes ago, at 5.50 AM on the 1st of November 1941, the Finnish-German field artillery started bombarding the Soviet positions in the Kestenga area. At 6.30 the infantry started rushing along the railroad towards the Louhi railway station.
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At 7 the Finnish Infantry Regiment 12 broke through the first defense line in the "Veturipuro" stream area. Second line was broken at noon. While the Finns advanced as planned, IR 12 breaking through and Infantry Regiment 14 following and cleaning the stormed areas, the German SS-Infantry Division 9 from the SS-Division Nord was tied into the whole-day-lasting battle along the first defense line.
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Here we see some mortar squad from the Finnish Infantry Regiment 14 operating an 81 mm gun in the area. IR 14 was formed in the Turku city. Some unnamed small stream was nicknamed "Veturipuro" after capturing the area. The German Stukas had managed to destroy two locomotives there in August.
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Note the pipe.
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In the morning of 31st of October 1941 the Finnish Task Force Malm launched an attack, reaching the outskirts if the Lohivaara village at 11.30 AM. During the fight Maj. Breitholtz was informed that the German Peatland Battalion had misoriented, leaving the backside of the Infantry Regiment 53 open to Soviet counterstrike.
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35th Border Jaeger Company was ordered to secure the Lohivaara Road eastwards. The enemy managed, however, to flank the Company and attack the Regiment from behind, forcing the Finns to retreat.
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Here we see some Finns advancing in the area.
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During the October 1941 the Finnish III Corps ordered the units to plan and prepare an offensive towards the Verhneejärvi - Jelovojejärvi isthmus and when reached, continue advancing towards the Kirov Railway from the Kestenga
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What was not expected was the cold weather. E.g. one third of the men from the German Peatland Battalion of the Task Force Malm were already disabled by frostbites on the eve of the D-Day October the 31st.
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What we see here is a dog team pulling a wounded in a rough terrain. Date, photographer or location were not mentioned.
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While Finnish messengers had horses, the Germans used motorbikes. Pic taken in the Kestenga area on the 30th of October 1941.
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At the time the Task Force Malm was struggling through a rough terrain in a freezing cold weather. The main elements of the unit were the 1st Battalion from the Finnish Infantry Regiment 53 and the German Peatland Battalion (Suopataljoona). They were strenghtened with Fortification Battalion 15, Company Muurasmaa, 35th Border Jaeger Company, 1st Company of the Engineer Battalion 15, 151st AA MG Company and 2nd Artillery Battalion from the Field Artillery Regiment 16 (all Finnish units).
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Here is an inside view from a Finnish military tent (puolijoukkueteltta, tent for a half of a platoon), pictured on the 30th of October 1941 in the Kestenga area.
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Soldiers are making pancakes. Based on the collar badges they belonged to some Propaganda Company. Man in the middle seems to be a Lieutenant and the baking guy a chauffeur.
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Because of the furniture I'd say this being the command post of the unit.
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On the 26th of October 1941 the Finnish Task Force Malm was moving towards the starting point of an offensive. The D-Day was set to be the 31st, main target being flanking the enemy in the Lohilahti - Lohivaara area.
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At the time the Finnish Division J and the German SS-Division Nord were attempting to beat the Soviet 88th Division and capture the Louhi railway station.
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Here we see some Finns heading to a night-time patrol on the 30th of October in the east of Kestenga.
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Here we see, surprisingly, Finnish soldiers building a sauna in the Kiestinki area.
SA-kuva, Oct 15 1941
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In the beginning of October 1941 the Finnish-German offensive towards the Louhi railway station along the Kirov Railroad was paused.
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The Finnish III Corps was, however, planning to continue attacking in the beginning of November. Their main target was to beat the Soviet 88th Division and reach the isthmus between the lakes Verhneejärvi and Jelovojejärvi.
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Here we see some PzKpfw IIIs from the 2nd Company of the Panzer-Abteilung z.b.V. 40 fighting the enemy to the east of Kiestinki on the 12th of October.
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Interesting detail: Later in November, due the rough terrain and thick forest, the own infantry was ordered to wave a spruce branch in daylight and show a green light using a torch in night time, in order to identify themselves.
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A Finnish 120 mm, French-made cannon 120 K 78 from the Fortification Artillery Battalion 6 is firing the enemy somewhere along the Kiestinki - Louhi road on the 4th of October 1941.
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At the time the offensive towards the Louhi railway station was paused and Kiestinki captured. German SS-Division Nord and Finnish Division J were in defensive positions, waiting for possible reinforcements and new commands. The Soviets was already reinforced the defense by re-positioning the 88th Division from Arkhangelsk into the area.
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The German-Finnish offensive will be re-launched in the beginning of November.
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Landscape photo from Kiestinki, 10.8.1941

Kiestinki, maisemakuva, 10.8.1941

Sa-kuva | colorized by jhlcolorizing

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