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** Arctic Front: On Familiar Ground - The Matrix Games version of East Front II

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** Arctic Front: On Familiar Ground

By Battle Kat
Finland 1 - 1 - 0 USSR
Rating: 2.95 (2)
Games Played: 2
SM: 6
Turns: 30
Type: Custom
First Side: Finland
Second Side: USSR
Downloads: 263
18 August, 1941

[Vuoksi river, 40 km E of Viborg, Karelian Isthmus Finland] [H2H] [HIS] [CSL]

10 July 1941 marked the beginning of a Finnish push for the reconquest of Karelian Isthmus, ceded to Soviet Union after Winter War. River Vuoksi marked a formidable object to these plans, and on August 16, Col. Pajari's 18th Division was given orders to secure a bridgehead south of the river. Moving forward, they soon identified a weakly defended sector some 10 km west of Vuosalmi. As it happened, the location was by the narrow Hopeasalmi straits the 18.D was intimately familiar with from their peacetime wargames in the area.

During the night of August 17th, Pajari send his 27th IR to silently cross the river, with orders to secure a bridgehead south of the river. Then, as the regiment artillery would join in support, they would continue towards the vital ground of Kylä-Paakkola heights, a location fiercely contested during the last days of Winter War. At the same time, the 49th IR would advance towards Vuosalmi from North.

In the morning of August 18th Colonel Koptevski begun to realise the grim situation of his rag tag battle group, put together from various bits of surviving Red Army units in the area. Having finally received the permission to form a new defensive line south of the river, albeit with orders to still maintain a bridgehead on the northern shores, he had planned for a determined rearguard action against a Finnish attack from the North. Instead, he faced an imminent danger of encirclement before the reinforcements he knew were already on their way would reach the area.

(Player note: please make sure you are familiar with bridging engineers (building medium bridges), construction engineers (building trenches), and loading and unloading crewed boats and ferries.)


(Scenario picture: 'Men of III/IR 27 are crossing river Vuoksi with boats and assault boats. Hopeasalmi, Vuoksi 18 Aug 1941'. Source: SA-kuva.fi)

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

[ALL: N AF: N VV][2.0]


Related Scenarios:

** Arctic Front: Across River Vuoksi - RKKA attempt to cross the river during their Summer 1944 Viborg Offensive


Updated 15 Nov 2015: fixed a couple of shallow water hexes, also containing Rubble. (Rubble does not show in water. Sorry!).
Updated 15 Oct 2015: fixed a pontoon bridge hex at 39,38 containing Rubble.
Player Voting Stats
Member Balance Enjoyment
Otto von Blotto's ProfileOtto von Blotto Totally Pro Finland 6
cplkrotz's Profilecplkrotz Totally Pro Finland 7
Gaming Records
1st Side Player 2nd Side Player Result Score
Finland Otto von Blotto's Profile Otto von Blotto vs. cplkrotz cplkrotz's Profile USSR Finland Major Victory 72 12
Finland Otto von Blotto's Profile Otto von Blotto vs. cplkrotz cplkrotz's Profile USSR Draw 36 36
Otto von Blotto
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Otto von Blotto Thu Dec 10, 2015 9:16 am
Needs some balance work finns overpowering Reds too easily.
cplkrotz Thu Dec 10, 2015 3:21 pm
I may be biased as this was the second play through after discovering the bridge was impassable.

Finland had an advantage the second time around because they knew what to do in their opening moves. This was much different from the first time we played when they we stalling to a much greater extent.

I do feel that there is an advantage to the Finns from the beginning and that their troops are of superior quality. Their plethora of combat engineers made every position vulnerable.

I also had bad luck with my construction and mine engineers. On many critical occasions they failed to build or lay mines. Russian forces are spread very thin. I saw little hope in winning. There was no way to hold the Finns back without later reinforcements arriving. Russian units to bring them up to strength arrive from far away and thus the Russians fight a rearguard until they arrive. By this point it is too late and if new reinforcements do not arrive, (which they do not), there is no hope for the Russians to hold on to what are essentially three lines of defense because they are spread so far thin.