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Re: Fighting at Tihveri 29/6 -44

Postby Henric Edwards » 20 Mar 2017 20:54

Great work yet again! :)

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Re: Fighting at Tihveri 29/6 -44

Postby Lotvonen » 21 Mar 2017 06:09

JR4, HQ WD continued.
Diary Tulo 9104

20.8.1944_

05.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:
Enemy fire activities :
At “Lampi”: 7 pcs 3” shells
At “Suo”: 17 pcs 3” shells
At “7”and “6”: 3 pcs 18 pcs light mortar rds.
At “Kannas”: 10 pcs light mortar rds
At “Tukki”: 3 pcs 5” shells .

F.F work
In front of Ahvenjärvi section normal f.f.work. Horse carts, too.

Traffic
At 17.25hrs automobile buzzing on Siira road
Also at 19.50 hrs.
At 21.45 hrs automobile buzzing on S of Seesjärvi.

Patrolling
At 22.00-23.30hrs our recon patrol 0+1+9 took a boat and checked the little islands in E Varpajärvi which were found to be unmanned.
At 03.00hrs Lt. Heikkilä's long range patrol returned to “4”.
Also the recon patrol (1+3) that had set out on the 18.8.at 21.00 hrs returned to “4”
At 20.00 recon patrol 1+1+4 set out from “Tukki”. Did not return yet.

Our light mortar fired 28 rds at enemy worksites at Ahvenjärvi.
Olsson/Kurkela

17.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:

F.F. Work:
At “Lampi”: 14.30hrs bearing 24-00 enemy work team. Our light mortar fired 12 rds.
At “Suo” 05.40 hrs bearing 23-00 continuous working.
At 11.00 bearing 24-00 explosion, distance 400m.
At “Tie” 08.30hrs bearing 33-00 distance 200m f.f.work.
At “Niemi”: 10.05hrs bearing 27-40 f.f.work.

Patrolling
At “Etu”: 12.40 hrs Enemy recce patrol arriving from bearing 15.00 to Etu. Turned back at 100m. They did not shoot.
At “Suo”: 08.40hrs bearing 30-00 2 Russkies on the left.

Traffic
At “Suo”: 08.40hrs bearing 25-00 cart clanking.

Propaganda
At “Puro” 04.20-04.35hrs enemy propaganda transmission. Demands to surrender and news from the Eastern front. Good audio.
At 05.00hrs Yelling, bearing 23-00, distance 300m.
Siro/Koskinen

According to the artillery int.officer the artillery grouping has changed as listed here:
The F.O.O.teams of III/KTR11 on Varpajärvi sector (I Btn and II Btn sections) shall move on 22.8.to the JR45 sector. Kev.Psto 18 has manned the arty observation posts on the section of I Btn. The observation posts on the II Btn section shall be manned by II/KTR11 and the light mortar platoon of the secton by 23.8.
Ras.Psto21 moved fron S of Uuksunjärvi on 20.8. to the terrain between Valkiajärvi – Siira road.
This Artillery Battalion shall take care of the counter-battery acrtion at the sectors Syskyjärvi and Varpajärvi.
III/KTR11 shall be the supporting arty Btn of Syskyjärvi sector. At the moment the Varpajärvi support group comprises II/KTR11 and Kev.Psto18.
18.Krh.K shall stay at the Varpajärvi section.

To be continued.

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Re: Fighting at Tihveri 29/6 -44

Postby Lotvonen » 22 Mar 2017 06:18

JR4, HQ WD continued.
Diary Tulo 9104

21.8.1944_

05.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:
Enemy fire activities :
At “Tie”: 8 pcs light mortar rds 2 pcs AT gun shells
At “Kannas”: 2 pcs 3” shells
At Ahvenjärvi sector very active inf.arms fire during darkness .

F.F work
At Ahvenjärvi section continuous enemy f.f.work, at times also with horse carts.

Traffic
At 20.15hrs automobile buzzing on Siira road.
At 18.40 hrs automobile buzzing in the direction of Mustajärvi.

Patrolling
Patrol on no-man's land out from “3” 0+1+4 .
At 02.00hrs recon patrol out from “5”. Their objective SE of Latvajärvi.

Our light mortar fired 44 rds in Ahvenjärvi section at enemy f.f.work sites and harassing auto weapons.
Olsson/Koskinen

Annexed to the diary the report of Lt. Heikkilä's Long range patrol mission on 18.8.-20.8. Appx. no.42

17.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:

Enemy fire activities :
At “Tie”: 2 pcs 3” shells and 7 pcs light mortar rds.
Infantry fire at Ahvenjärvi section has much decreased from what it was in the night.

F.F. Work:
At Ahvenjärvi section normal f.f.working.
“Knife rests” spotted on the stretch from “Sukka” to “Suunnikas”.
Several explosions non the Saarijärvi-Varpajärvi isthmus.

Traffic
At 06.50hrs automobile buzzing on the Siira road.
At 05.00-07.00 cart clanking N of Salmilampi.

Patrolling
At 10.00 hrs Our recon patrol that had set out yesterday at 22.00hrs returned to “5”
They had spotted abatis in the patch of forest NE of Latvajärvi.
Our light mortar fired 10 rds at Rajaselkä terrain at enemy f.f.work sites + 4 rds accuracy fire.
Olsson/Koskinen

To be continued.

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Re: Fighting at Tihveri 29/6 -44

Postby Henric Edwards » 22 Mar 2017 08:25

Thank you kindly!

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Re: Fighting at Tihveri 29/6 -44

Postby Lotvonen » 23 Mar 2017 06:35

JR4, HQ WD continued.
Diary Tulo 9104

22.8.1944_

05.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:
Enemy fire activities :
At “Saapas”: 11 pcs light mortar rds
At “Lampi”: 5 pcs 3” shells
At “1”: 13 pcs 3” shells
At “Etu”: 21 pcs heavy mortar rds
At “Kala”: 11 pcs heavy mortar rds

F.F work
All over Ahvenjärvi section continuous enemy f.f.work, e.g. several explosions in Suunnikas and in front of Tie. 4 explosions in the S shore of Saarijärvi.

Traffic
SW of Sammallampi at 21.45 – 22.45 hrs cart clanking.
At 03.05 hrs automobile buzzing on Siira road.

Patrolling
Enemy ten man recce patrol detected at 03.25 hrs in front of “3”. They went in our minefield. ¤ mines exploded – moaning heard.
Our prisoner catching patrol 1+1-4 out from “3” managed to wound one prisoner who died during transport. Documents were secured.

Our light mortar fired 5 HE rds at an enemy nest in Ahvenjärvi section .
Our counterbattery fire 24 shells.
Olsson/Ränkipohja

09.00hrs Last night our patrol caught the documents of a killed enemy which proved that his unit was 340.TKKP and his name was Popov, Alexander, Pvt., his task: paramedic. The prisoner was taken about 600m N. of Latvajärvi.

10.00hrs Propaganda company men Capt. Turunen and military official Vuorela interviewed Lt. Heikkilä. The same propaganda men also visited the Battalions, collecting material for the press and photographing.

12.00hrs Sgt. Lindelöff of the Recon section was ordered to set up a distracting smokescreen in the rear of 9.Coy which took place at 15.00hrs.

12.30-16.30hrs Commander and Rgt.Officer inspected the K-line at I Btn section.
15.00hrs 14.Coy command post moved from its present location (Rgt. Command post) to the terrain N of Luotojärvi.

17.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:

Enemy fire activities :
At “1”: 15 pcs 3” shells
At “Niemi”: 16 pcs light mortar rds
At “5”: 16 pcs light mortar rds

F.F. Work:
In front of “Suo” and “Tie” still lively f.f.working.
Several explosions S of Saarijärvi .
Wire being set up at the W perimeter of Rajaselkä, in front of “Hotti” and “Metsä”.

Patrolling
At 09.00 hrs enemy 2-man recon patrol in front of “3”. They did not approach our securing.
hat had set out yesterday at 22.00hrs returned to “5”
They had spotted abatis in the patch of forest NE of Latvajärvi.

Our light mortar fired 8 rds at Karutjärvi terrain at an enemy f.f.work site in front of “Tukki”.
Olsson/Koskinen

18.15hrs Lr. Olsson seft for a two (day?) command to the AC HQ. 2nd Lt. Siro took over the duties of the Intelligence Officer.

To be continued.

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Re: Fighting at Tihveri 29/6 -44

Postby Henric Edwards » 23 Mar 2017 19:45

Thanks! Would be interesting to find the material that the propaganda coy men produced.

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Re: Fighting at Tihveri 29/6 -44

Postby Lotvonen » 24 Mar 2017 06:10

As to the propaganda men one could google for the names but this username has enough projects going on. Vuorela might have been the poet Einari Vuorela ? Also the armistice was so close that maybe the text and pics they produced did not pass through the censoring and publishing process in time .

JR4, HQ WD continued.
Diary Tulo 9104

23.8.1944_

05.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:
Enemy fire activities :
At “Saapas”: 20.40hrs 10 pcs 50mm mortar rds
At “Lampi”: 8 pcs light mortar rds
At “Suo”: 6 pcs light mortar rds
At “1”: 5 pcs light mortar rds to the left
-”- Inf.fire at “2”
At “3”: 6 pcs 3” shells
At “Saari”: 8 pcs light mortar rds
At “Kala”: 16 pcs heavy mortar rds
At “Metsä”: 21 pcs light mortar rds

F.F work
At “Saapas”: bearing 14-40 3 explosions
- “ - bearing 31-20 f.f.work
At “Lampi”: bearing 19-50 4 explosions, distance 300m
“ - bearing 21-20 5 explosions, distance 500m
- bearing 16-50 3 explosions, distance 400m
At “Suo”: bearing 22-00 3 explosions, distance 400m
- “ - bearing 25-50 3 explosions, distance 300m

Patrolling
Heikkilä's men crossed the line at midnight at “5”

Propaganda
“Metsä” at 21.30-21-45 enemy propaganda transmission. They listed names of prisoners. They boasted that the prisoners have it well. It was exhorted to surrender or go home. Also information on the Eastern front was provided.
Our mortar fired 20 rds . The transmission was interrupted for a moment.

Our mortar fired 21 rds at an enemy f.f.work site .
Siro/Koskinen

The weather has been beautiful and sunny for a week even though not very warm.

17.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:

Enemy fire activities :

At “Lampi”: 5 pcs 3” shells
At “Suo”: 7 pcs 3” shells
At “1”: 5 pcs light mortar rds to the left
- ” - 5 pcs ”3” shells
- ” - 5 pcs ”3” shells between Valkamajärvi and Kaukojärvi
- ” - 5 pcs ”3” shells
At “3”: Intense MG fire
- “- 8 pcs 3” shells
F.F. Work:
At “Lampi”: bearing 21-60 explosion, distance 300m

Traffic
At “Puro”: bearing 29-50 cart clanking distance 400m.
At “Saapas”: bearing 21-00 cart clanking distance 400m.

Patrolling
Our patrol 1+1+1 (Capt. Vihtonen) out at 09.00-12.00 from outpost “8” bearing 24-25
Checked the “Kämppä” terrain that was found to be unoccupied

Our mortar fired 21 rds at IIBtn section at an enemy f.f.work site .
Our artillery fired 28 shells at an enemy f.f.work site at I Btn section.
Siro/Koskinen

18.15hrs Sgt.Pietilä (int.det.) was ordered to reconnoitre the traffic in Rajaselkä terrain. He shall cross the lines at “4”. Patrol strength 0+1+3.

20.00hrs Patrol on I Btn section set out to destroy the corduroy road in Rajaselkä terrain.
22.00hrs Sgt.Pietilä's patrol set out from “4”.

To be continued.

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Re: Fighting at Tihveri 29/6 -44

Postby Lotvonen » 25 Mar 2017 06:30

JR4, HQ WD continued.
Diary Tulo 9104

24.8.1944_
The following (officers) have been promoted by the C-in-C, order of the day 124/27.7.44:
To Major
Capt. Haunila, Matti Sakari III/JR4
To Captain
Lt. Hynninen, Otto II/JR4
Lt. Kannas, Kauko I/JR4
Lt. Lindholm, Gösta -”-
To Lieutenant
2nd Lt. Boström, Sven I/JR4
-”- Kaarne, Matti III/JR4
-”- Leppänen, Pentti -”-
-”- Mäkinen, Tenho I/JR4
-”- Niinineva, Aarre -”-
-”- Oksala, Arvo II/JR4
-”- Rinnevaara, Risto -”-
-”- Suominen, Kaino I/JR4
-”- Sjöberg, Kaj III/JR4
-”- Tanskanen, Reino 2
The following (officers) have been nominated in the lower pay class of Lieutenant by the C-in-C, order of the day 124/27.7.44:

Lt. Korkeevuori, Jorma III/JR4
-”- Liuksiala, Pentti I/JR4
-”- Lopmeri, Arvo I/JR4

05.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:
Enemy fire activities :
At “Saapas”:10 pcs light mortar rds
-”- : 10 - “-
At “Tie”: 3 pcs light mortar rds in the positions
At “3”: 3 pcs 3” shells in the positions
At “Metsä”: 11 pcs heavy mortar rds

Patrolling
“3”: 00.30hrs Heikkilä's patrol out
at 01.30 some of Heikkilä's men returned from the enemy side
“Saapas”: a 4 man Russki patrol detected 50m from our positions, they were repelled. At 01.08 the same patrol showed up again and was again driven awayway.
“Metsä”: Patrol 1+1+4 out at 01.30hrs. Did not return yet.
At 00.20 100m of the corduroy road built by the enemy was blown up. Enemy fired hard at the spot.

F.F work
At “Puro”: Chopping, bearing 27-50 distance 400m.
At “Saapas”: bearing 20-00 explosion, distance 500m
-“ - bearing 22-10 4 explosions, distance 800m
-“ - bearing 27-50 - “ -
At “1”: bearing 28-00 explosion, distance 200m
At “Niemi”: bearing 01-00 explosion, distance 200m
At “Varsi”: bearing 55-00 Chopping and bantering

At “Suo” at 22.35hrs one man was wounded seriously to the shoulder by a LMG burst.
Our mortars spent 33 rounds.
Siro/Kurkela

17.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:
Enemy fire activities :
At “Puro”: 1 pcs 3” shells
At “Niemi”: 8 pcs 3” shells
-”- 7 pcs 3” shells
F.F. Work:
At “Saapas”: bearing 19-20 f.f.work distance 300m.
At “Suo”:bearing 19-00 f.f.work distance 400m.
At “Kannas”: bearing 32-00 f.f.work distance 400m.
At “Metsä”: bearing 10-05 ? strong explosion, distance 4 km.
Traffic:
At “Puro”: 06.11hrs bearing 21-50 cart clanking
Patrolling
At “Puro”: Our recon patrol 1+3 out at 14.30-15.30 reconnoitring for prisoner catching
At “Suo”: at 14.45hrs bearing 20-00 Movement back and forth detected at the N end of Suunnikas
At “Tie” at 09.45hrs two manned boats for Palosaari.
At “Kannas”: at 12.00hrs bearing 28-00 campfire smoke distance 500m.
Siro/Koskinen

To be continued.

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Re: Fighting at Tihveri 29/6 -44

Postby Henric Edwards » 25 Mar 2017 19:47

Thank you Lotvonen!

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Re: Fighting at Tihveri 29/6 -44

Postby Lotvonen » 26 Mar 2017 06:14

JR4, HQ WD continued.
Diary Tulo 9104

25.8.1944_

05.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:
Enemy fire activities :
At “Puro”: 4 pcs 3” shells and 8 pcs light mortar rds
At “Tie”: 3 pcs 3” shells
At “Rosvo”: 3 pcs 3” shells
At “Metsä”: 4 pcs heavy mortar rds.
Lively f.f.working in front of Ahvenlampi section. Several explosions in “Suunnikas”. Wire being installed in front of “4”.

Patrolling
Movement in front of “Varsi” 20.00-23.15hrs, some about 5 man groups. Our mortar fired 35 rds.
Our patrol 1+4 in front of “Puro “ involved in firefighting and withdrew (20.00-22.00hrs)
At 03.00hrs our recce patrol 1+0+3 out from “5”. Reconnoitring the terrains E and S of Latvajärvi. Not yet back.
Our patrol checked the corduroy road blown up last night, of which a 100m stretch had been blown up.
Olsson/Koskinen

10.00hrs Rgt. HQ moved to a new command post situated in the terrain S of Laihalampi pt 5980, 8390.
10.30hrs Maj. Hannila reported that he had moved to the new command post.
13.30hrs Tel. Message from Este 4:
On the Varpajärvi-Uuksunjoki sector they must be prepared during the next few days to receive 2 to 3 our reconnaisance men wearing enemy tunics. Password “kanttiini”. The men shall swing their caps.
Norovuori/Olsson

17.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:

Enemy fire activities :
At “Saapas”: 4 pcs light mortar rds.

F.F. Work:
At “Niemi”: bearing 17-10 Timber cutting and loud noise
At “Puro”: bearing 24-00 Chopping, distance 300m
At “Saapas”: bearing 31-50 f.f.work distance 600m.
At “Lampi”: bearing 22-00 Chopping, distance 600m
At “Suo”: bearing 23-00 Timber cutting in Suunnikas
At “Tie”: bearing 28-00 Sawing and chopping distance 400m
At “Kannas”: bearing 24-00 3 enemies at f.f.work .
At “Metsä”: bearing 180-00 30 enemies at f.f.work, distance 1 km.
Artillery fired 15 shells at this work site.

Traffic:
At “Puro”: bearing 28-00 cart clanking
At “Tie”: bearing 28-00 Horse transport along the line

Patrolling
Our recon patrol set out from “5” at 03.00, returning at 08.00hrs. The patrol found a 500m (2-row) wire hindrance about 1 km NE of Latvajärvi, and a one-row pipe mine field in front of it, stretching 300m from the end of the wire to NE.
reconnoitring for prisoner catching
Siro/Kurkela
13.00-17.00hrs Gen. Kääriäinen inspected with our Commander the logistics of the Rgt, of II Btn and 7.Coy. He paid special attention to the sugar and tobacco stores which proved to be in order.

20.45hrs The tel.message at 13.30hrs by Este4 has been forwarded to the Battalions.
Olsson /Siurua I Btn, Marttinen II Btn, Tanskanen III Btn.

The dugout that the Rgt.HQ received today for their use is quite a handsome structure comprising seven stylish, well ventilated, well lit and damp rooms. The dugout is also housing some extra officers waiting for the completion of their dugouts.
Final comment: the HQ dugout is a piece of brilliant architecture in the glum wilderness.

To be continued.
(Tr.rem. The general's interest in the sugar stores was due to the fact that sugar could be used to brew moonshine and the tobacco was just plain desirable for pilferers)

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Re: Fighting at Tihveri 29/6 -44

Postby Henric Edwards » 26 Mar 2017 09:13

8O

On the Varpajärvi-Uuksunjoki sector they must be prepared during the next few days to receive 2 to 3 our reconnaisance men wearing enemy tunics. Password “kanttiini”. The men shall swing their caps.

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Re: Fighting at Tihveri 29/6 -44

Postby Lotvonen » 27 Mar 2017 06:01

JR4, HQ WD continued.
Diary Tulo 9104

26.8.1944_
According to the report of the Rgt. Sapper Officer the following results have been achieved during 20.8.-26.8. in f.f.work:

MG nests 92 (pcs)
F.O.O.nests 28
AT gun positions 14
Close range AT nests 15
Dugouts 122
Saunas 5
Wire hindrance 16700m
Corcuroy road 1300m
Trench 20400m (not covered)
Clearing 94 hectars
Thinning 40 hectars
Working strenght:
I Btn 15+55+485
II Btn 17+63+480
III Btn 18+76+501

K-line:
Suuri Koukkulampi – Latvajärvi:
3.Pion.P.22 2+8+35
Jaeger Platoon/JR4 in the area Luotojärvi- Särkijärvi 1+3+17

Officer postings
1.8.44
2nd Lt Ravantti, K. from HTK3 to III/JR4
-”- Laurikainen, J. - “ -
2.8.44
2nd Lt. Koivisto, P from HTK3 to III/JR4
6.8.44
Lt. Lahti, J. from HTK3 to 14./JR4
14.8.44
Capt. Laakso, J from HTK3 to III/JR4
Lt. Mäkelä, O.E. from III/JR4 ro 20.SotaS
23.8.44
Capt Silvennoinen, P from III/JR4 to Savonlinna Military District

05.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:
Enemy fire activities :
At “Tie”: 10 pcs 3” shells + 23 pcs light mortar rds.

F.f.work
Ff.f.working in front of “Suo” and “Tie”.
Several explosions from Lampi bearing 22-00 distance about 3 km.

Traffic
In the terrain S of Joutsenjärvi automobile buzzint at 23.00hrs

Patrolling
At 22.30 hrs an enemy patrol of about 20 men tried to approach Saapas, were repelled by inf. And mortar fire (23 rds).
At 23.00hrs our recce patrol out from “Hattu”. Not yet returned.
Our fire activities:
Our light mortar fired 49 rds in front of “Tie” at an enemy nest that was disturbing our f.f.work.
Olsson/Koskinen

13.00hrs Commander and Adjudant observed the training of replacement men in the Boy scout camp.

17.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:

Enemy fire activities :
At “Saapas”: 2pcs 3” shells
At “Tie”: 4 pcs 3” shells
At “Niemi”: 9 pcs 3” shells

F.F. Work:
In front of Ahvenjärvi sector all day f.f.work. Very much in front of “Saapas” at 05-07hrs
In the Varpajärvi-Saarijärvi isthmus several explosions 11-13 hrs.
At the W perimeter of Rajaselkä all day f.f. and timber work.
At “Hotti”: Two enemies have been shot with rifle in the no-man's land.
Olsson/Kurkela

22.00hrs Seven deserters were returned to the Rgt by the MPs.
23.15hrs Maj Holopainen reported that in the terrain of battle forepost “Varsi” the enemy is being engaged.

To be continued.

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Re: Fighting at Tihveri 29/6 -44

Postby Henric Edwards » 27 Mar 2017 16:21

Kiitos!

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Re: Fighting at Tihveri 29/6 -44

Postby Lotvonen » 29 Mar 2017 05:33

JR4, HQ WD continued.
Diary Tulo 9104

27.8.1944_
00.15hrs Report from I Btn:
Enemy is grouping with the force of one Coy. Very intense fire contact. Enemy is trying to spread specially to S. Action going on also on the far side of the river, we have heard command words and bantering. I Brtn reserve has been transferred to the action terrain to be available.
Holopainen/Olsson

05.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:
Enemy fire activities :
At “Tie”: 6 pcs 3” schrapnels
At “Niemi”: 16 pcs light mortar rds.
At “Metsä”: 16 pcs 3” shells in the rear
At “Hotti”: 31 pcs heavy mortar rds.

F.f.work
In front of “Saapas” piles being driven in the ground .
At “Lampi” bearing 25-50 a coverd weapons nest being built.

At 01.30hrs 5 enemies tried to plant mines in front of Saapas. Our light mortar fired 20 rds at them.
Timber working in front of every stronghold at Ahvenjärvi section.

Patrolling
Lt. Heikkilä's patrol returned to “5” at 04.45hrs having completed the installation of a wiretapping cable.
At 21-02.00 hrs Our recce patrol in the no-man's land in front of “Etu”.
Found that the enemy is in the old positions.

At 23.00hrs An enemy detachment of about one Coy tried to approach our battle forepost “Varsi”.
Having received fire the enemy tried to outflank but without result.
Our artillery fired 22 shells, our heavy mortar 7rds and our light mortar 75 rds.
Action ended at 01.00 as the Russki withdrew.
Enemy artillery fired 10pcs 5” shells and 25pcs 3” shells.
No casualties for us.
Olsson/Koskinen

13.00-15.45hrs Commander and Adjudant visiting II Btn checking the plan to catch prisoners next night.
14.15hrs Report froom II Btn Marttinen/Olsson:
At 13.50hrs at stronghold “Tie” two Privates slightly wounded by shell splinters.
( In the margin:Annexed to the diary a report of the prisoner taking attempt last night. Appx. No 43.)
At the same time one Private KIA in “Suo” by a shell splinter.

17.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:

Enemy fire activities :
At “Lampi”: 3 pcs 3” shells
At “Tie”: 3 pcs 3” shells +10 pcs light mortar rds.
2 men lightly wounded
At “Kannas”: 5 pcs 3” shells
-”- 5 pcs light mortar rds.
-”- 2 pcs AT gun shells

F.F. Work:
At “Lampi” :
Bearing 25-20 2 enemies digging a weapons nest
Bearing 25-40 a 10 man work team digging a trench for 2 hrs, distance 400m
Bearing 28-20 Explosion, distance abt 500m.
At “Tie”: Chopping, distance abt 150m, bearing 26-00 .
Olsson/Ränkipohja

To be continued.

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Re: Fighting at Tihveri 29/6 -44

Postby Lotvonen » 30 Mar 2017 05:34

JR4, HQ WD continued.
Diary Tulo 9104

28.8.1944_

05.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:
Enemy fire activities :
At “Tie”: 21 pcs 3” shells
10 pcs light mortar rds
At “Kala”: 8 pcs 3” shells

Patrolling:
At “Tukki”: Patrol Syrjänen 1+1+2 out. Did not return.
At “Saapas” 20 Russkies in front of “Saapas” at 21.30hrs. Driven away by mortar fire.

Traffic:
At “Rie”: automobilebuzzing on the Siira road.
Propaganda:
Propaganda transmission in front of “Tie”. Subject as before.
Siro/Koskinen

07.30hrs Report to 8.D: HQ:
At 05.00 hrs the enemy started an recce attempt supported by strong arty and mortar fire on a wide front. Intense barrages started at the S part of Karutjärvi section. In front of “Saapas” the enemy employed a smokescreen where also an enemy detachment one Coy in strenght attacked at our positions. In front of “Suo” a platoon attacked. The attacks were repelled by artillery, mortar and inf. weapons.
AT 05-05.40hrs movement was detected in front of “Tie”, “1”, “2”, “3”, ”4”, and “Etu”.
At 05.00hrs an enemy detachment, about one platoon, tried to approach “5”. It was driven away by inf.fire. The same detachment tried again to approach “4” with similar results.
The enemy barrage went on for about 20min and it was participated by aboutr 10 batteries + mortars and the shelling was most intense at Ahvenjärvi section and battle foreposts “1”, “2”, “3”, “4”, “5”, “6”.
The enemy was found to have used smoke hand grenades in front of “Saapas”.
Our casualties were minimal.
Olsson/Koskinen

09.30hrs Maj. Holopainen arrived at the Rgt HQ and took over the duties of the Rgt CO as Col. Simelius left for a furlough. Capt. Laakso took over the command of I Btn as a deputy.
11.45hrs Col. Simelius left for a furlough.
12.00hrs Report to 8.D. HQ:
During the enemy forced recce attack the enemy suffered about 30 men casualties: In fornt of “Saapas” 15 by arty, in front of “Suo” 10 by inf.fire, in front of “Tie” 5 by inf. Fire.
Our casualties:
2 privates wounded at “Tie” by shell splinters, 4 horses were KIA and 3 WIA at II Btn.

12.10hes A map transparent drawing on the grouping at Karutjärvi section was sento to I/15.Pr. Who in turn shall send us their own grouping drawing.
12.20hrs Report from 8.D.HQ:
A new battle forepost has been set up on 25.8. on the section of IIIBtn, its name is 5A (5380, 9290). The names of the other battle foreposts are not affected.
Ränkipohja/Olsson
13.00hrs Maj. Holopainen set out to meet the D.CO. at the Uuksujärvi crossroads.

17.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:
Enemy spent shells during the incident in the morning:
At I Btn: 2000 pcs 3” shells+600 pcs light mortar rds.
At II Btn: 1000 pcs 3” shells at the front line
500 pcs 3” shells in the rear
At III Btn: 800 pcs 3” shells at battle foreposts “1”, “2”, “3”, “4”, “5”, “6” and “7”.

F.F. Work:
At “Lampi” : Bearing 21-00 Explosion, distance abt. 600m.
At “Suo”: Bearing 22-00 f.f.work
At “Niemi”: Bearing 10-00 3 men at f.f.work, distance 400m
At “Hotti”: A team of enemies at f.f.work, distance 400m

Traffic:
At “Tie”: bearing 27-00 automobile buzzing, distance abt 500m, at 06.10hrs.

Our mortar fired at the enemy team working in front of “Hotti”
Siro/Koskinen

17.00hrs Div. CO. inspected the new Rgt. Command dugout.

Order to I Btn (via Kettu)
Reconnoitre the terrain S of “Etu”: Any enemies? Also S of “Varsi”: are there any chances of crossing, manning, MGs, LMGs. The area up to the road must be reconnoitred.
Olsson/Siurua.

To be continued.


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