November 30th 1939.
Finland is dragged into World War 2, starting the 105 days long Winter War. Heavy fights were fought in Karelia and parts of the northern Finland. In early 1940, Soviet troops managed to breach Mannerheim Line and started offensives via Vyborg Bay & Äyräpää. Finnish manpower had already depleted, seeing no other possibilities after the British-French task-force attempt had failed: Goverment started to negotiate peace. Terms were harsh: Finland lost 15% of its total territory and town of Hanko, near Helsinki was rented to the Soviets.

In June 1941, Operation Barbarossa started. Couple days later Finnish "attacking phase" started. By end of the year 1941, all lost territory was reclaimed, and in-addition Finnish troops took large areas of Eastern Karelia including the town of Petrozavodsk. The war changed to trench warfare soon after.

The stalemate 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 the Finnish troops had to retreat to VT-line which broke soon after, even-though Armored Division attempted to regain lost positions at Kuuterselkä. It was decided to retreat to poorly fortified VKT-line, leaving Vyborg to the Soviets.

The Soviet offensive was halted between the villages of Tali & Ihantala during the biggest battle ever in history of Scandinavia. Similar victories were won in battles of Vyborg Bay, Äyräpää-Vuosalmi, Nietjärvi and Ilomantsi.

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, which led to the defeat of the German mountain-army and they had to retreat to Norway.


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

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SS-Hauptsturmführer
SS-Hauptsturmführer Apr 4 2014, 2:14am says:

Very nice mod you have here, I'll be tracking this.

Sturmfuhrer

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Caselius
Caselius Apr 5 2014, 5:30am replied:

Thanks for tracking!

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Caselius Apr 3 2014, 1:29pm replied:

German forces in Lapland were part of 20. Gebirgs-Armee (AOK Lappland) & 6. SS-Gebirgs-Division Nord. German troops were lightly armored, but consisted of elite formations, mostly Gerbirgsjägers. They had some light armor units like Panzer-Abteilung 211 (They used French H35, Somuas and Panzer III's).

Finnish forces consisted of Armored Division & III Corps which lacked air- and artillery support due demolished bridges and mined roads. Finnish Army had received Panzer IV's in 1944, but they were send to Oulu because of poor roads. T-34 tanks and T-26 tanks were used during the "pursuit".

Soviet forces didn't take active part to the Finnish operations (Lapland War), but they launched Petsamo-Kirkenes offensive which caused the collapse of German forces near Petsamo.
Notable exception is that during Operation Tanne Ost, Soviet IL-2's assisted the defense of the Suursaari island.

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Caselius
Caselius Mar 9 2014, 9:02am replied:

Thanks,

I have been planning to do a small Finnish Civil War "expansion" after fin(n)ishing the factions and releasing the campaigns which (still) are heavy Work in progress.

Main problem is the time though. My free-time been scarce recently and work on the modification has been slow.

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Reborn:X
Reborn:X Mar 26 2014, 2:25pm replied:

I read that during the struggle both sides actually wore similar equipments and clothing or just used mixed civilian clothing.

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Caselius
Caselius Mar 27 2014, 6:34am replied:

Yes that was the case during the war, armband was the only regulated part of "uniform" on both sides.

However during the later parts of the war the Whites started to get more organized, supported by Germans and Finnish Jägers returning from German army.

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AubeSangante
AubeSangante Feb 25 2014, 12:06pm says:

I'm curious if you will add the Kg m/40 lmg ?

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Caselius
Caselius Feb 27 2014, 12:39am replied:

I need to check if anybody has made that weapon, as I can't model. If I'll find it anywhere, I possibly give it to Swedish troops along with BAR LMG.

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