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Today 76 years ago, on May the 20th 1942, the Finnish Division J continued attacking eastwards in the Pahajoki River-Lukanlampi Lake area.
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The fierce resistance, however, prevented all attempts, but in the evening the German Bicycle Detachment 99 managed to break through the enemy lines. Meanwhile the Finnish 1st Battalion from the 11th Brigade had flanked the Soviets in the north.
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This Panzerbefehlswagen Ausf H from the Panzer-Abteilung z.b.V. 40 has jus arrived the area. Unlike the other tanks the gun is fake and the turret fixed. There seems to be the date 12th of May 1942 on the front armor and some text.
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On May the 17th 1942 the Finnish-German troops in the Kestenga-Ahvenlahti area were strenghtened with the German Bicycle Detachment 99 and the Panzer Jaeger Detachment 99.
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The thickened Soviet resistance and their counterstrikes delayed the advancing of the Task Force Puroma, so Maj. Gen. Palojärvi paused the offensive in the evening.
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Some Junkers Ju-87 "Stuka" dive bombers were then requested to soften the enemy, starting in the morning of the 18th.
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Here we see a Soviet 76 mm cannon 76 K 36 being maintenanced in the area.
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Yesterday 76 years ago, on May the 15th 1942 at 2.45 AM, the Finnish Task Force Puroma started advancing, first targeting to the Pahajoki-Suurijoki area. The enemy was beated and target reached 'til the evening.
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On the next day the German Detachment Kräutler was ordered to keep the ground they've captured and clean the western side of the Ahvenlahti-Kestenga road southwards from the Pahajoki-Suurijoki area. Task Force Puroma was ordered to attack northwards, targeting the southern bank of the Agafenonjoki River.
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Pic shows a German Pz.Kpfw I from the 3rd Company of the Panzer-Abteilung z.b.V. 40 carrying some Finnish wounded. Note the milk churn on the front deck. The ratsiputsa was on, so most of the wounded, food supplies and ammo were transported by tanks or at least supported by them.
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On the 15th of May 1942 the Finnish-German troops counterattacked in the Ahvenlahti Kestenga area.
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Task Force Kräutler, the Infantry Regiment 139 from the SS-Division Nord strenghtened with the Company Tromsdorff, two combat engineer companies and few tanks that is, advanced along the main road, managing to reach the Pahajoki River line.
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Later the day the Soviets forced them to retreat a bit. Maj. Gen. Palojärvi then re-positioned his reserve, the 1st Battalion from the Infantry Regiment 53 into the area.
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Based on the register plate WH 67740 and the missing SS collar plates this gun crew might be from the German 2nd Battalion of the Infantry Regiment 310 from the 163rd Division. At the time the Division was about to be withdrawn from the Svir Front.
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German panzer kampf wagen III tanks thunders forward in the forests of Kiestinki. May 1942. #jatkosota #continuationwar #panzerkampfwagen #panzerkampfwageniii #wehrmacht #kiestinki #vienankarjala #vienakarelia

German panzer kampf wagen III in Ahvenlahti, Kiestinki.May 1942. #panzerkampfwagen #panzerkampfwageniii #wehrmacht #kiestinki #vienankarjala #vienakarelia

Finnish soldiers destroying Soviets dugout.
At the morning of 18th of May 1942, Finns and Germans started their attacks again. II/JR 12 refused to attack because they had losses. Finns I/JR 53 and Germans attacked with tanks and Stuka dive bombers and the Soviets retreated.
At the next day, the attackking was slow. Finns and Germans strived to close the encirclement, but most of the Soviets were escaped. Finally, the Soviets service road was closed. Finns and Germans chases the Soviets to Ylä-Mustajärvi, where was the Soviets positions.
At the 24th of May, Finnish troops of Kiestinki, was assigned to defencce. During those battles, Soviets lost about 15 000 men, trains, heavy tanks, and artillery guns. Finns lost 170 men and Germans 248 men. The battles ended to the Finns and Germans defence victory. #jatkosota #continuationwar #kiestinki #vienankarjala #vienakarelia

On May the 12th 1942 Maj. Gen. Palojärvi, Commander of the Division J, introduced his offensive plan to Maj. Gen. Siilasvuo. Three regiment-sized Task Forces were formed, Puroma, Ravila and Kräutler. Puroma should attack on the western side of the Ahvenlahti-Kestenga road and Kräutler along it while Ravila was ordered to hold the ground and join the Kräutler's strike later. Task Force Kräutler was formed by the SS-Division Nord.
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German Junkers Ju-87 Stukas were issued to support the offensive. Here's one of them getting loaded.
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German soldiers attacks with their panzer kampf wagen III in Ahvenlahti, Kiestinki.
15th of May 1942, Finns and Germans attacks in Kiestinki. The attack started when the Stuka divebombers started to destroy Soviet positions. Finns and Germans still encountered strong Soviets resistance. However the attack proceeded with tanks.
At the 17th of May 1942, Finns and Germans attack failed. #jatkosota #continuationwar #kiestinki #vienankarjala #vienakarelia #panzerkampfwagenii #panzerkampfwageni #wehrmacht

The Soviet major offensive in the Kestenga area, launched on the 24th of April 1942, eventually started to fade on May the 8th, although the enemy tried to boost it by informing the troops that their actions are carefully inspected by Stalin himself.
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In addition to Stalin's attention the moral was increased by the commander of the Karelian Front Lt. Gen. Frolov who visited the area. Not only moral, but also the troops were strenghtened with some battalions issued to the 263rd Division. The 85th Marine Brigade was positioned there, too, but as a reserve.
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'Today', on the 9th, the enemy troops were still trying to keep the German-Finnish troops busy along the Ahvenlahti-Kestenga road, while the 23rd Guard Division desperately banged itself against the German Pionierstellung line.
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The pic depicts some German from the Louhi area beside a KV-1 using his binoculars.
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While the Finnish Division J and the German SS-Division Nord slowly but surely were beating the enemy in the Kestenga area, these soldiers from the Infantry Regiment 30 were playing football at the Svir Front.
.SA-kuva, May 8 1942
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On May the 3rd 1942 the Soviet 238th Infantry Regiment and the 8th Ski Brigade launched an attack on the western side of the Ahvenlahti-Kestenga road, heading southwards.
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On the 6th they engaged the Finnish Infantry Regiment 14, which repelled all attempts. During the day the Division J, strenghtened with the German Company Tronsdorff, counterattacked at the Regiment's sector. In the evening the Division informed that the enemy had lost at least 890 fallen and 42 captured, while some 2000 were surrounded.
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The Finns immediately started to clean the pocket, and on the 7th that was done. Around 551 Soviet fell, including the commander of the Regiment Azarov and the Brigade commander Col. Duboljin. 24 were captured. Rest of the enemy soldiers abandoned their gear and managed to reach own lines.
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Here we see some Finns resting around the campfires.
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Finnish soldiers are inspecting some captured weaponry during the Rasputitsa offensive at the Kestenga front on the 6th of May 1942.
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In the morning of the 5th of May 1942 the Finnish Task Force Puroma and one German battalion from the Mountain Jaeger Regiment 139 commanded by Col. Kräutler launched an attack from the northern side of the Dankjärvi Lake, heading northwest.
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These pics show the men from the Detachment Leino, consisted of two platoons of Finnish infantry and six tanks from the German Panzer-Abteilung z.v.B. 40 being briefed before a recon attack northwards along the Kestenga-Ahvenlahti road.
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In the afternoon the Finns boosted the operation by ordering the 4th Battalion from the 11th Brigade to strike westwards from the Dankjärvi Lake.
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Meanwhile, at the Pionierstellung Line, the Soviet 23rd Guard Division desperately tried to break through, but the German SS-Division Nord repelled all attempts.
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On the 30th of april 1942 Maj. Gen. Palojärvi ordered Col. Hannelius to beat the enemy along the Ahvenlahti-Kestenga road.
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Offensive was launched on the 2nd of May. Participating main units were Infantry Regiment 14, German 2nd Battalion from the Mountain Jaeger Regiment 139 and a tank platoon from the Panzer-Abteilung z.b.V. 40. The strike failed.
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This Pz.Kpfw III belonged to that platoon. As you can see, it's from the 3rd Company of the Abteilung. The AT gun is 37 K/37, officer being said a Finnish war correspondant, not a member of the gun crew The other soldiers seem to be some Finnish signallers.
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The advancing of the spearhead, the Soviet 23rd Guard Division, being slower than expected the commander of the Karelian Front Lt. Gen. Frolov strenghtened it with the 80th Marine Brigade on the 27th of April 1942.
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On the right flank the Finnish Infantry Regiment 14 retreated to the Sernitsanlampi area taken defensive positions there on the 28th. Attacking unit was the 8th Ski Brigade, fiercely rushing towards the Ahvenlahti-Kiestinki road and reaching that on the 29th.
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Pic depicts some Finnish field gun firing in the area, date not provided.
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