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