Sinister Forces #32
|(Defender) Germany||vs||Finland (Attacker)|
|Finland||5th Light Infantry Battalion|
|Germany||12th SS "Michael Gaißmair" Gebirgs Regiment|
|Germany||99th Gebirgs Pioneer Battalion|
|Overall Rating, 2 votes|
|Scenario Rank: --- of 607|
|Parent Game||Sinister Forces|
|Maps||2: 3, 9|
|Layout Dimensions||56 x 43 cm
22 x 17 in
|Scenario Requirements & Playability|
|Arctic Front Deluxe||counters|
|Battle of the Bulge||maps|
When put to the torch by SS troops, the Finnish town of Rovaniemi burned merrily for some hours. An ammunition train on a sideline at the town's railway station eventually caught fire and exploded with spectacular results-among them, knocking the carefully-placed demolition charges off the Kemijoki Bridge five kilometers outside town. Corps headquarters ordered SS Nord Division to send a security detail to cover an engineer detachment from 7th Mountain Division desparately trying to replace the explosives.
SS veterans have tried to claim for over 60 years that they did not burn Rovaniemi, clinging to the improbable tale that Finnish commandos from the 5th Battalion snuck into the town and lit the fires to discredit the SS. They did manage to hold off the approaching Finns long enough for the engineers to blow up the bridge, and the SS escaped with relatively few losses. Not until after the Finns discovered the destruction of Rovaniemi did the Lapland War begin in earnest.
The Germans have the advantage of position, with engineers already on the bridge. The Finns have the advantage of more maneuverable and powerful infantry. The Finns pushed up the center and around the woods, avoiding the infantry/hmg platoons in the woods. At the end of turn 5 however, the engineers blew the bridge. The Finns, not leave without some manner of revenge, fell upon the, by comparison, hapless SS troops. The Finns took a couple of step losses, but chewed the German to pieces in assault, gaining a draw. Mortars and OBA were of little effect.