Arctic Front Deluxe #36
|(Attacker) Finland||vs||Germany (Defender)|
|Finland||Panssaridivisoona "Marshal's Fist"|
|Germany||139th Gebirgs Regiment|
|Overall Rating, 1 vote|
|Scenario Rank: --- of 609|
|Parent Game||Arctic Front Deluxe|
|Maps||3: 10, 6, 9|
|Layout Dimensions||84 x 43 cm
33 x 17 in
|Scenario Requirements & Playability|
|Arctic Front Deluxe||counters|
|Battle of the Bulge||maps|
|Road to Berlin||counters|
The Finnish Armored Division at first moved slowly in the wake of the retreating Germans, but when Lt. Gen. Hjalmar Siilasvuo took command of the III Corps things changed. When the division encountered a German rear guard still at the village of Pudasjarvi, rather than allow them a leisurely retreat Sillasvuo told the tankers to attack immediately. The Lappland War was on.
Like most former German allies, the Finns approached the opportunity to fight them with great enthusiasm. Though less arrogant than with Italian, Romanian or Hungarian colleagues, the Germans had still earned enormous resentment from the Finns. Hermann Holter, chief of staff of the German 20th Mountain Army, expressed heartfelt outrage in his post-war memoirs over this action: the Finns, he raged, broke their purchase contract by using their German-made assault guns against the Nazis.
|AFV Rules Pertaining to this Scenario's Order of Battle|
|2 Errata Items|
The Finns should receive 3 tank leaders.
(PG-Tank Dude on 2010 Apr 30)
The movement allowance on the counters in Airborne is misprinted. It should be "3."
(rerathbun on 2012 Jan 30)
|A Methodical Advance|
Germans set up with an AT unit and five platoons in the woods on board 2, with a pair of infantry platoons at the crossroads on board 9, and the balance of troops in the town on board 10. The Finns advanced north up the road and quickly lost a platoon of BT-42s to the 75mm AT unit but some well placed HE fire from the Stu-40's knocked out the German AT gun immediately thereafter. After that the remaining German units on board 6 were eliminated or retreated quickly, allowing the Finns to advance to the center board. The few German units on the center board were quickly eliminated via assault and the Finns moved toward the town on board 10. The town was well defended, but the Finns used the trees as cover to move to better position. They then attacked and both sides lost a number of steps in assaults. In the end the Finns methodically eliminated the Germans and scored a substantial victory but this may have gone the other way with a better German defense and a bit better luck. Well worth trying again.