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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.
.SA-kuva
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One of the German's targets during the WWII was to cut the Murman (Kirov) Railroad in order to harm the Lend & Lease transportations from the Murman harbor. Some say that the railroad was never cutted, but it was, e.g. at the Svir railway station some 288 kilometers from St. Petersburg city.
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Loosing the Svir station (and others between Lotinapelto - Krivi) only delayed the supplies since the enemy was able to re-route the shipments via Arkhangelsk city and in the autumn of 1941 a new railroad connection from Sorokka to Obozerskaja was established.
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First pic depicts some crashed train at the Svir station. It was heading towards the Petrozavodsk city, hauling e.g. three carriages full of rye. 2nd pic shows some of the Austrian POWs who were building the railroad during the WWI since June 1915. Total amount of POWs is estimated to be some 25000, from Germany, Austria and Hungary. The 3rd shows the line of the railroad, where the black spot indicates the appr. location of the Svir station - sorry for the poor quality.
.SA-kuva/Wikipedia
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On the 19th of October 1941 the Finnish Infantry Regiment 45 was positioned into Svatnajavolok (Pyhäniemi) village in the Pälläjärvi area. A day later the Regiment Commander Lt. Col. Bertel Ikonen received an order to capture the Kjappaselga (Käppäselkä) village and cut the Kirov Railroad (Muurmannin rata).
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In order to protect the flanks and get fire power the Regiment was strenghtened wirh the 42nd Border Jaeger Company, one artillery battalion from the Field Artillery Regiment 11 and one company from the Combat Engineer Battalion 25. The recon informed that no enemy should be engaged on the route
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As the pic shows that 40-kilometers long advancing was neither a picnic nor a parade march. In the morning of the 21st the spearhead, formed from the 1st Battalion, captured the Palajalampi village in the Elgamka area, facing no resistance whatsoever.
.SA-kuva
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Finnish soldiers gathered some war trophies in the Kiestinki area on the 7th of May 1942.
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At the time they were there kicking some Soviet asses with the SS-Division Nord. The enemy didn't want them to advance any closer towards the Kirov railroad. Well, the Soviets managed to prevent that.
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The Finnish troops advancing through the Äänislinna city on the 4th of October 1941.
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It's quite possible that they belonged to the 1st Division, since during the time it was positioned there and ordered to continue attacking towards the Kirov (Murman) Railroad.
.SA-kuva
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A Finnish 152 mm Canet 152/45 C railway gun on the Kirov/Murman railroad some eight kilometers north from the Lumbusi village.
.SA-kuva, Jan 15 1942
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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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Some Finnish soldier with a captured AA MG in the Kiestinki area on the 19th of September 1941. During the time the German-Finnish troops had paused their attack towards the Louhi railway station along the Kirov railroad.
.SA-kuva
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On the 27th of October the Finnish 3rd Battalion from the Infantry Regiment 45 ordered a company to flank the defending enemy in the Käppäselkä village. The main task was to cut the Murman (Kirov) railroad, pic showing some combat engineers observing the terrain before mining. Operation was succesful.
.SA-kuva
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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.
.SA-kuva
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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.
.SA-kuva
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On the 27th of October 1941 the Finnish Infantry Regiment 45 attacked the Kjappaselga (Käppäselkä) village. Here we see a strenghtened Company crossing the Kirov Railroad appr. at 12.30 PM. Railroad was exploded on the southern side of the local railway station.
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Seems that they have captured an enemy soldier, too.
.SA-kuva
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On the 19th of October 1941 the Finnish Infantry Regiment 45 was positioned into Svatnajavolok (Pyhäniemi) village in the Pälläjärvi area. A day later the Regiment Commander Lt. Col. Bertel Ikonen received an order to capture the Kjappaselga (Käppäselkä) village and cut the Kirov Railroad (Muurmannin rata).
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In order to protect the flanks and get fire power the Regiment was strenghtened wirh the 42nd Border Jaeger Company, one artillery battalion from the Field Artillery Regiment 11 and one company from the Combat Engineer Battalion 25. The recon informed that no enemy should be engaged on the route
.
As the pic shows that 40-kilometers long advancing was neither a picnic nor a parade march. In the morning of the 21st the spearhead, formed from the 1st Battalion, captured the Palajalampi village in the Elgamka area, facing no resistance whatsoever.
.SA-kuva
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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.
.SA-kuva
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One of the German's targets during the WWII was to cut the Murman (Kirov) Railroad in order to harm the Lend & Lease transportations from the Murman harbor. Some say that the railroad was never cutted, but it was, e.g. at the Svir railway station some 288 kilometers from St. Petersburg city.
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Loosing the Svir station (and others between Lotinapelto - Krivi) only delayed the supplies since the enemy was able to re-route the shipments via Arkhangelsk city and in the autumn of 1941 a new railroad connection from Sorokka to Obozerskaja was established.
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First pic depicts some crashed train at the Svir station. It was heading towards the Petrozavodsk city, hauling e.g. three carriages full of rye. 2nd pic shows some of the Austrian POWs who were building the railroad during the WWI since June 1915. Total amount of POWs is estimated to be some 25000, from Germany, Austria and Hungary. The 3rd shows the line of the railroad, where the black spot indicates the appr. location of the Svir station - sorry for the poor quality.
.SA-kuva/Wikipedia
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A Finnish SMG gunner guarding the line in the Kiestinki area on the 19th of January 1942.
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The German-Finnish offensive towards the Louhi railway station was aborted 'til the end of November 1941. In order to reach the Kirov (Murman) railroad they would have needed reinforcements, but never got any.
.SA-kuva
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On the 27th of October the Finnish 3rd Battalion from the Infantry Regiment 45 ordered a company to flank the defending enemy in the Käppäselkä village. The main task was to cut the Murman (Kirov) railroad, pic showing some combat engineers observing the terrain before mining. Operation was succesful.
.SA-kuva
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German tanks attacking the enemy on the eastern side of the Kiestinki municipality on the 12th of October 1941.
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The German - Finnish troops were desperately rushing towards the Kirov (Murman) Railroad...
.SA-kuva
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The Finnish troops advancing through the Äänislinna city on the 4th of October 1941.
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It's quite possible that they belonged to the 1st Division, since during the time it was positioned there and ordered to continue attacking towards the Kirov (Murman) Railroad.
.SA-kuva
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Some Finnish soldier with a captured AA MG in the Kiestinki area on the 19th of September 1941. During the time the German-Finnish troops had paused their attack towards the Louhi railway station along the Kirov railroad.
.SA-kuva
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While the Finns advanced towards the Svir River and the Lake Onega, the Finnish-German troops struggled in the Sohjana-Kiestinki area. The Soviets defended the Kirov (Murman) Railroad so fiercely, that the HQ of the Finnish III Corps paused the attack 'til the end of September.
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Top: German convoy on the road in the Sohjana area.
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Bottom: PzKpfw I Ausf B(?) in the same area.
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Interesting detail: According to my knowledge the SS-Division Nord was the only one, which fought under the foreign control.
.SA-kuva, September 16 1941
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Mannerheim Cross Knight # 44 Warrant Officer Viljo Suokas on the right.
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During a recon mission on the 5th to 8th of September 1941 his patrol captured top secret maps and documents from two Soviet officers. This fortunate incident helped the Finns to plan their future operations in the Säämäjärvi area.
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In this pic he's just returned from a mission on the 18th - 25th October 1941). They were supposed to recon the planned attack route of the 4th Division towards the Karhumäki city and, if possible, capture some enemy soldier. Capturing failed.
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On the 4th of October 1943 2nd Lt. Suokas commanded a 21-men patrol somewhere along the Kirov Railroad, when he was hit, the bullet piercing the lungs. Operation was aborted and while returning Suokas suddenly said "guys, I can't make it, please pray the Lord's Prayer".
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Viljo Suokas was 23 years old. His grave has not been found, although being searched twice.
.SA-kuva
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Finnish long-range patrol #13, men from left:
Cornet, leader Jorma Hämäläinen, Corp. Olavi Tervonen, Staff Sgt. Antti Tervonen, Staff Sgt. Pekka Mämmi, Lance Corp. Pauli Savinainen, Sgt., medic Reino Perttunen, Warrant Off. Väinö Nyyssönen, Sgt., radio operator, translator Heikki Melentjeff.
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The German-origin Junkers K 43 fa seaplane (JU-127) was piloted by Capt. Osmo Malinen. This patrol was the first Finnish one, which was flown to the target area during the WWII.
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Patrol's main mission was to mine the Murman/Kirov Railroad, so every man carried two kilograms of TNT. A total of 13 mines were made, and according to my sources, they worked as planned.
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The Finnish Detachment Marttina (a.k.a. the 3rd Company from the Separate Battalion 4) had, btw, sent patrols behind the enemy lines since the 15th of June 1941.
.SA-kuva
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Finnish soldiers mining the Kirov railroad (a.k.a. Murman railroad) in the Karhumäki area.
.SA-kuva June 20 1944
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