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At seaJanne wrote:Are we on land or at sea?
Hmmm...lend one.Are we talking about purchased, donated or captured AA guns?
Juha Tompuri wrote:Hi Janne,
Very revealing questionsAt seaJanne wrote:Are we on land or at sea?Hmmm...lend one.Are we talking about purchased, donated or captured AA guns?
Sorry, but not on a icebreaker.Janne wrote:Now I have a strong hunch that we are aboard an icebreaker! Tarmo?
Bofors is correct.JTV wrote:Hmm.... Loaned 25-mm anti-aircraft gun on double mount - sounds like it is not necessarily the Soviet one, but perhaps Swedish Bofors. But where - I have never heard or read any in Finnish use.
True.Janne wrote:I'm fairly certain that the funnel markings are those of Finska Ångfartygs Aktiebolaget...
TrueJanne wrote:When one knows what one is looking for, everything becomes so much easier to find:
http://users.tkk.fi/~jaromaa/Navygaller ... iaries.htmThe main task of auxiliary ships in Winter War was trade protection. All sea lanes in Gulf of Finland were quite soon closed except the east-west one that ran close to shore and between islands. Thereafter the operation areas were Gulf of Bothnia and Ahvenanmaa-Sweden route. Protection was given only in open sea as it was very unlikely that enemy submarines could operate inside the archipelago. Finnbo north from Ahvenanmaa was a collection point. Ships gathered here, they got their orders and sailed north by Märket to Sweden. They returned also to Finnbo and sailed then independently to east. Usually it was possible to cross the open sea in daylight. Convoys were small, 1-4 merchant ships and two escorts. The Finnish merchant ships had no armament except s/s Oihonna that had a twin 25 mm gun delivered and manned by Swedes.
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