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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