This is a request to all those WW2 nerds out there, especially for the finnish players who are interested. I am in need of photos/maps for some very known battles of The Continuation War. So anyone who is interested enough to see another finnish custom map in Forgotten Hope, please start suggesting some of the battles that could be recreated. Please, no Tali-Ihantala, as Taichi and I have already created it and it will be in the mappack #2. Anything else is welcome. But remember these simple rules before posting. 1) Always include lots of useful information. 2) Try to include maps/photos. 3) Keep this thread clean from off-topics. Hope to see some information about some of the battles and hopefully I can create some of them for FH. Thank you in advance. - Flip
The 14th Division Crosses the Border
On the 3 July 1941 Finnish 14th Division which was operating independently in the Rukajärvi sector crossed to the Russian side and was engaged in heavy fighting. It destroyed some Russian detachments in "motti" battle of Omelia and advanced further.
First Finnish Major Offensive On 10th July the Finnish Karelian Army began her offensive. It advanced rapidly and took most of the northern part of the lost territory by the end of the July. Advance was stopped few dozen kilometres from the old border of 1939. Karelian Army was made of VII Corps and VI Corps and Group O, which had five divisions, two Jaeger Brigades and a Cavalry Brigade. (Brigades made up Group O and divisions were divided in the corps). Also the German 136th Division was a part of this army.
The siege of Hango
Hango, a rental area for 50 years, which Soviets had gained in the Moscow Peace 1940, was completely isolated from the rest of the Soviet Union. It was heavily fortified and Finnish Army decided not to attack it. Battles were small skirmishes on the islands nearby. Sieging troops were mostly swedish-speaking Finns, there was also a Swedish Volunteer Battalion from Sweden as the Hango region is populated by swedish-speakers. Russians evacuated Hango in December 1941, as it was becoming impossible to supply them from Leningrad, which was also under siege.
Russian attacks in 1942
Russians tried to launch some serious counterattacks in January, April and May of 1942. These were in the Medvezhegorsk sector, River Svir sector and in Kestenga. All attacks failed and caused heavy losses to Russians.
Battle of Vuosalmi
After Russians saw that they had failed in Ihantala, they tried to break Finnish positions in Vuosalmi and encircle the left part of Finnish forces in the Isthmus. Finnish positions were in a very unfavourable place in the ridge of Äyräpää, the wide river Vuoksi behind. Russian 115th Corps soon forced Finns across the river, but despite the fields on the other side, which were advantageous to Russian armor, they made no further advances. The depleted Armoured Division was sent to help the 2nd Division, as the situation in Ihantala had become more stabile. Russians had lost massive losses, there are more than 15000 Russians buried in the ridge of Äyräpää alone. Finnish counterattacks had no success and the both sides were on defensive in mid-July.
Info from here: http://www.wargamer.com/rtm/contwar.htm
Lots of good stuff here: http://www.sodatkuvina.cjb.net/JatkosotaMain.htm