Armored Clash at Honkaniemi - Winter War
Armored Clash at HonkaniemiBy F.Lee Harmon jr
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|Second Side:||Red Army|
26 FEBRUARY, 1940 HONKANIEMI, FINLAND, CENTRAL FRONT Best played as Finland against the AI By the 25th of February the Russian salient at Honkaniemi proved to be a thorn in the side of Finnish efforts to control the region. Realizing this pocket needed destroyed, Lt. Gen. Öhquist detached a light tank company of Finland's sole armored battalion to the 23rd Infantry Division to assist Jäger Battalion 3 in the coming assault. After a short artillery barrage by the 15th and 21st Artillery Battalions, the men of Jäger Battalion 3 launched the assault supported by 6 Vickers Light tanks. Immediately, one of the vehicles became stuck in a ditch and missed the entire action. As the remaining 5 tanks worked their way into the 382nd Rifle Regiment, they soon found themselves before a wall of 45mm fire from M37 anti-tank weapons and T-26 light tanks of the 112. Tank Battalion. Although the Finnish armor crews succeeded in knocking out 3 enemy tanks, all 5 remaining Vickers were soon destroyed. Still facing enemy troops in strong points who stood reinforced by armor, Capt. I. Kunnas was forced to abort the attack by 1000 hours. Finland's first armored encounter (and the only one of the Winter War) had met with disaster. This scenario is not a representation of the entire attack, only the sector assaulted by the 3rd Jäger.