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** Arctic Front: Delaying Action at Ylimaa - The Matrix Games version of East Front II

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** Arctic Front: Delaying Action at Ylimaa

By Battle Kat
Finland 2 - 1 - 2 Axis
Rating: 6.4 (2)
Games Played: 5
SM: 2
Turns: 16
Type: Custom
First Side: Finland
Second Side: Axis
Downloads: 279

7 October, 1944

[Ylimaa peninsula, 50 km SW from Rovaniemi, Finland.] [H2H] [HIS] [CSL]

For Germans, Lapland War was about execution of Operation Birke plan to the letter: evacuating the vast amounts of fuel and supplies the Reich could ill afford to lose, from Finland to Norway, with the scarce motor transportation and even scarcer fuel supplies available to 20th Mountain Army.

For Finns, Lapland War was about clearing the Northern Finland from their new enemy, in a manner of advancing carefully among the very scarce road network now devilishly mined with bridges blown. When in touch with the well prepared German rearguard, the only option available was to sent the infantry on foot to flank the well dug-in defenders, often for 10-15 miles in difficult wilderness. All this often only to witness the Germans blowing another set of bridges, hopping into their trucks, then retreating another 15 miles further to north.

Ylimaa isthmus was one of the well trenched areas where Germans prepared to hold the enemy for a longer period of time. Colonel Kühler of 218th Mountain Jaeger Rgt was fuming, however. Well aware the Finns would not try to force their way through his defences but would flank him with strong forces instead, he had repeatedly asked for but time again strictly refused to deviate from the written plans of defence. Worse still, Kühler was just informed his liaison officer had got lost and been captured by Finns with full details of the German defence plan in his person.


(Scenario picture: 'Searching for mines, 06 Nov 1944'. Source: SA-kuva.fi)

[Scandinavian Terrain sub mod recommended to be enabled when playing this scenario]

[ALL : N AF: N VV][2.0]
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Death~Dealer's ProfileDeath~Dealer Totally Pro Axis 7
Kool Kat's ProfileKool Kat Well Balanced 9
Thunder in the North Tournament game (mirror match). Rebalancing is needed- once this is done, this scene will be ready for PBEM.
Kool Kat
Interesting and less known battle that pits Finn ski troops against a German garrison & rear guard in the snowy forests of Finland. Finn OOB features mobile ski troops supported by captured Russian armor and Axis-supplied aircraft - when Finland was allied with Germany earlier in WW2. Enjoyable and fast-moving scenario with several attack avenues for the Finns. Highly recommended. (Requires East Front: Forgotten Battles Mod to be installed)
Regards, Mike / "A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week." - George S. Patton /