The modification will be for BOTH Men of War Assault Squad games. (MOWAS1 & MOWAS2)



November 30th 1939.
Finland is dragged into World War 2, starting 105-days-long Winter War.
Fighting in Karelian Isthmus concentrated along Finnish main defensive line: Mannerheim line, which lacked heavier bunkers. Battles in Ladoga Karelia, Kainuu and Lapland were more mobile: The few Finnish troops employed hit-and-run tactics against mechanized Soviet forces.
In early 1940, Soviet troops managed to breach Mannerheim Line and started offensives along Vyborg Bay & Äyräpää to encircle the Finnish Army once for all. Finnish manpower had already depleted, seeing no other possibilities after the British-French task-force attempt had failed: Finnish Government started to negotiate peace with the Soviets.
Peace terms were harsh: Finland lost 15% of its total territory and town of Hanko, which was located near Helsinki was rented to the Soviets.

In June 1941, Operation Barbarossa started. The Finnish "attacking phase" started couple days after. By end of the year 1941 all lost territory was reclaimed. In-addition Finnish troops took large areas of Eastern Karelia including the town of Petrozavodsk. Attack phase came to its end and it was decided to fortify the new border.

The trench-warfare ended in June 9, 1944 during a massive Soviet offensive with only one goal: force Finland out of the war. After day of bombardment; The Finnish lines were broken and Finnish troops had to retreat to VT-line. Soviets attacked Siiranmäki sector, where Finnish troops managed to repulse all attempts to break through
Soviet forces breached VT-Line at village of Kuuterselkä. Jäger Brigade counterattacked and managed to reclaim the village, but the breach had grown too large: Soviet troops were deep inside Finnish lines. It was decided to retreat to poorly fortified VKT-line. Vyborg was soon lost to the Soviets in a day long skirmish.


The Soviet offensive was halted between the villages of Tali & Ihantala during the biggest battle ever in history of Scandinavia. Fighting continued in battles of Vyborg Bay, Äyräpää-Vuosalmi, Nietjärvi and Ilomantsi, where Soviet breakthrough-attacks were stopped.

After the defensive victories, the Finnish government started negotiating peace terms with the Allies. The peace was even harsher then the Winter War: over 20% of the Finnish territory lost, Porkkala rented to Soviets & Germans had to be driven out from Finland.

This started the Lapland war in September 1944, which led to the defeat of the German mountain-army and they had to retreat to Norway, this meant the end of war for Finland.


Project Goal:
Our plan is to include multiple campaigns about Finland in WW2, and to add Finnish faction in multiplayer and in addition, change the German and USSR factions to reflect the troops in the Finnish front. [No Tigers, IS3 etc.].


Credits:
World in War: Winter Strike: Bunkers, Trenches, Suomi M31 & Lahti Saloranta LMG
SKR: Weapons pack
Normand: Vehicles and artillery guns.
MOW:CH: Skins used as base
Suomi Taisteli Mod: Finnish Voices

Got modding skills? Got time? Do you want to help us?
Contact Caselius via PM for applying.

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Caselius
Caselius Jul 17 2014, 3:23am replied:

It will be included when I will be making the Lapland war campaign as it was one of the most interesting battles during that war.

The same island might be included in 1942 campaign if I don't find anything else to include.

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EITY10
EITY10 Jul 14 2014, 4:49pm says:

Please stay in mow as1!

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Caselius
Caselius Jul 14 2014, 5:02pm replied:

I will make the modification for both games (MOWAS1 & MOWAS2) so people can use the game they want.

MOWAS1 version will miss some vehicle variants (or have older versions of them, which are present in MOWAS1) though, as it's not allowed to port content backwards.

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The_real_jallu111
The_real_jallu111 Jul 14 2014, 12:28pm says:

milloin tää on valmis

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Caselius
Caselius Jul 14 2014, 4:34pm replied:

Vaikea sanoa, koska en tiedä itsekään. Aikaa modin työstämiseen ei ole ollut kovinkaan paljon viime kuukausina ja koko modifikaatio on yhden miehen projekti. Tekemättömiä asioita on paljon, mutta iso osa työstä on takana.

Viimeistään tämän vuoden lopulla julkaisen pienen testiversion, jos saan pari mappia tehtävineen työstettyä. Jos en niin julkaisen sitten alphan modin multiplayer versiosta, sillä ajoneuvot ja univormut ovat ainakin siihen mennessä valmiita.

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Caselius
Caselius Jun 22 2014, 10:56am says:

Sorry for lack of updates everyone,
I've been working on something you cannot see well in pictures. It's two things related to weapons :)
News of it coming shortly!

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Caselius
Caselius Jun 11 2014, 3:56am replied:

Situation in Summer 1944 was very critical, there was heavy casualties every day and the Soviet resources seemed endless. The Soviet high-command had learned of their mistakes in Winter-War and they managed to break through 2-defensive lines with moderate casualties (There were some exceptions like Battle of Siiranmäki), also the manpower was more crushing than in Winter War.

With new anti-tank weapons, very good artillery and elite troops like Major General Lagus's Armored Division the Soviet attack was stopped at Battle of Tali-Ihantala and the Soviet forces didn't have any more resources left to continue the assault. Soviet high-command send reinforcements and tried to flank Finnish lines in Vyborg Bay, Äyräpää-Vuosalmi, Nietjärvi and Ilomantsi, These attempts were stopped too, starting trench warfare.

There had been attempts to make peace earlier but Stalin had rejected them all. The offensive was aimed to make Finland surrender but it didn't meet it's goals. Soviets wanted to send more troops to German-front so they could march on Berlin with bigger forces so they agreed on the peace this time.

The peace was very harsh for the Finns, it included the previous peace terms from 1940 and there was an demand that Finnish troops would have to push the German 20. Gebirgsarmee out of Finland, which meant that Finland had to fight against Germans. There was attempts at negotiations between Finns and Germans, but those ended when Soviets weren't pleased with the progress.

Simo Häyhä was shot to his jaw during last days of Winter War and he was sent to hospital to recover. He survived, but he didn't take part to Continuation War.

I'm still thinking of including him in the mod, If I will do so, it will be in Battle of Kollaa mission I'll be doing. My plan is to include some famous commanders and soldiers, some as hidden secrets.

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Sturmabteilung
Sturmabteilung Jun 11 2014, 12:16pm replied:

Ok Thank you for this Informations. A antoger Question: What do you think about us Germans ? Like you Germany or hate you it because the Lapplandwar ? And what think the Finnish People generally about Germans ? Are Germans hated in Finlad today ? (Sorry for this Qustion but it interested me)

and another think: Can you include Ilmari Juutilainen ? He was the best non-German Flie Ace and maybe Walter Nowotny because he own the Vapaudenristin ritarikunta and the Badge of Honor from the Finnish Luftwaffe

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Caselius
Caselius Jun 12 2014, 3:48pm replied:

The how people think about Germany depends on the subject, for example the German aid in 1944 is seen as a good thing, but Lapland war is not.

I think that Germany has been important factor in Finnish history from start (27th Finnsih Jäger Battalion & von der Goltz's Ostsee-division.)
Before Finland gained it's independence, there were many Finns who went to "learn to fight" in Germany. They took part to WW1. Jäger-troops came back in late 1917, giving Whites an upper hand in the conflict.
During WW2 Most of the Finnish high-ranking Generals had served in Russian or German army during World War 1.

I'm not sure about including fighter-aces as they are quite hard to implement in the missions. In some missions player will have the possibility to call in support from Gefechtsverband Kuhlmey.

Ilmari Juutilainen's brother, Aarne Juutilainen (also known as "Terror of Morocco") will most likely appear in the campaign in the possible Kollaa-mission.

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