A Soviet offensive expected
A Finnish MG crew with an LMG gunner, Jandeba sector, Svir front, Olonets Isthmus, April the 15th 1942.
After beating the Germans at the steppes of the Moscow in December 1941, STAVKA started to plan a massive attack against the Finns. In December the Finns assumed that the enemy had some 40000 soldiers on the Olonets Isthmus. In the late March 1942 the amount was estimated to be about 72000. Meanwhile, the Finns had demobilized appr. 20 % of their troops, meaning that they were heavily outnumbered...
The Svir front was defended by four Finnish divisions and the German 163rd. The Soviets had five brigades and six divisions available for the offensive, which was launched on the 10th of April in the Pertjärvi area. The attack was expanded on the 11th in the area between Osta and Lotinapelto. Strike was repelled elsewhere, but on the western side of the Bardovskaja village the enemy managed to break the line and cross the Jandebajoki River.
The enemy was trying to reach the main road between the Syvärinkaupunki and Osta, and after loosing that connection the Finns would have to retreat across the Svir River.
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