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Winter War in the Frontline 8 by tuomaskoivurinne Winter War in the Frontline 8 by tuomaskoivurinne
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Honkaniemi
In February 1940, as the Soviets had managed to break through in the Western Karelian Isthmus the Finnish had to use every opportunity to slow them down and prevent them from advancing into Southern Finland and Helsinki. In Näykkijärvi, south-east from Viipuri (Vyborg) a battle, only one of its kind during the Winter War and today often forgotten, was fought on February 26th. This was the first and only time the Finnish tanks were used in battle during the Winter War.
Counter-attack was carried out by strengthened 3rd Jäger Battalion supported by group of Vickers 6-ton tanks. Finnish tank armament in the Winter War was almost non-existing, as the French FT-17's (bought in 1919) had become obsolete and later the Vickers tanks had been bought without communications, optics or even guns in order to save money.
The battle didn't end well for the Finns. Out of original 13 tanks, 7 were lost due engine failures before the battle and one got stuck in a ditch and had to return damaged. The remaining 5 were knocked out in the desperate battle against Soviet T-26 and T-28 tanks and anti-tank guns. The Finnish unsuccesful attack was stopped. Soviet tanks losses remain uncertain, but 3 were recorded.
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Ulfsark Feb 13, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
interesting...

good job.
maybe you should add some mud in the road... the snow is so clean.

i like the fading of the trees at the background.. it's great.
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tuomaskoivurinne Feb 14, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mud?
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Ulfsark Feb 14, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I mean "Dirty Snow", sorry
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So the fighting at Honkaniemi was a unsuccessful spoiling attack/counter attack put in by 3rd Jaeger Bn reinforced with 13 Vickers 6-tons? How did the 3rd Jaeger do against the Soviets, despite their armour support encountering all sorts of problems?
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tuomaskoivurinne Jan 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The attack was halted and the troops had to withdraw. Very unsuccesful try, but remained in history for being the only tank vs. tank battle in the Winter War. There's a good study about the attack in the "Battles of the Winter War"-site I recommended you a minute ago.
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:iconpavelkirilovich:
I will check that out in detail later. Thanks again for the link.
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