Arctic Front Deluxe #24
|(Attacker) Finland||vs||Soviet Union (Defender)|
|Finland||21st Separate Battalion|
|Finland||4th Infantry Division|
|Soviet Union||367th Rifle Division|
|Overall Rating, 1 vote|
|Scenario Rank: --- of 598|
|Parent Game||Arctic Front Deluxe|
|Maps||2: 12, 18|
|Layout Dimensions||56 x 43 cm
22 x 17 in
|Scenario Requirements & Playability|
|Arctic Front Deluxe||counters|
|Battle of the Bulge||maps|
|Road to Berlin||maps|
The Soviet Maaselka offensive in January 1942 made substantial gains only in the sector of the 367th Rifle Division. When other Red Army formations failed to keep up with its advance, the exposed unit became a tempting target for the Finns. Despite Marshal Mannerheim's resolve to end offensive operations (over 100,000 Finnish soldiers were slated for furlough), the high command approved an attack. To hedge the risk of casualties, the corps command gave the lead role to the 21st Independent Battalion, a unit of Finnish prisoners formed by Maj. N. Parmi. After several desertions by Finnish Communists, Parmi sent his political prisoners back and replaced them in the ranks with hardcore criminals he called "qualified killers."
Soviet ski troops had improved their skills greatly in the two years since their disastrous performance in the Winter War, but their small contingents were scattered among the vulnerable rifle divisions. The Red Army troops inflicted serious casualties on the Finnish attackers, particularly the expendable felons. But the division suffered terrible losses of its own, only narrowly escaping adding its number t those Soviet formations that disappeared in the dark forests of Finland and Karelia.
|AFV Rules Pertaining to this Scenario's Order of Battle|
|2 Errata Items|
The reduced direct fire value in Kursk: Burning Tigers is 4-4.
(plloyd1010 on 2015 Jul 31)
Propeller-driven APC on skis (aerosan). Treated as Foot units for movement purposes.
(rerathbun on 2011 Feb 26)
Soviets set up in towns on board 18 and in curved area of board 12. Finns entered from center of board and moved toward center. Soviets held them off for half the game but with heavy losses. Finns then began advancing toward board 18 already having enough points to win a major victory. The Finns cleared out the few remaining Soviet units on their way to the large town. Once at the town they surrounded it, but as the game ended they had yet to penetrate the Soviet defenses. In the end the Finns scored an overwhelmng 44-7 victory by eliminating 40 Soviet steps with the loss of only a single step. The Soviets could possibly make a better game of it by concentrating their forces more, especially near the towns on board 18, but it will still be a struggle. That being said, still a fun scenario to play solo.