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.
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
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