Thanks for the photos. It was 37.Rask.Ptri, which was evacuated from Mantsi on 9th July 1944. Both 152C guns were moved to Huunukka at Impilahti. The first gun positions were temporary and construction did not take long. First gun was ready 12th July and second 14th July. Later on 23rd July there was construction work going on at Hiitolanmäki. 70 men were building 2 Canet positions, 2 dugouts for gun crews, 2 for ammo, 1 for "keskiö" and fire control position. Transfer to new positions at Hiitolanmäki started 12th August and first gun was ready 28th August. Second gun was also moved to Hiitolanmäki, but probably never completely assembled, as evacutation of battery started soon after.Our next point will be Hiitolanmäki battery south of Impilahti. https://www.sotahistoriallisetkohteet.f ... 9/area/27/ says that Härkämäki battery was moved from Matsinsaari to Hiitolanmäki in summer 1944. So there should be 2 gun emplacements on Hiitolanmäki, but we found only one. On the other hand, there is quite similar gun emplacement near Kurkijoki at http://wikimapia.org/#lang=ru&lat=61.27 ... 2030.02121 I did not visit the latter place yet, but based on pictures at Wikimapia, it is really similar to that in Hiitolanmäki, so 2 guns from Mantsinsaari could be relocated to different places - one to Hiitolanmäki, another to Kurkijoki.
This position would fit to 39.Rask.Ptri (3/152C), which was first moved from Haapaniemi/Habanova to Kaarnajoki (20. - 25. June 1944) and then two guns from Kaarnajoki to "Kurkiniemi" at Kurkijoki 8. July. Battery diary mentions that casting of concrete at 1st gun position was completed 18. August and 2nd position 22. August. Trench to 1st position was also ready. Fortification builders left the battery 23rd August. After that 2nd gun was moved to new position, but work was stopped after cease fire 5. September. All battery equipment was transferred 22. September to Alho railway station and then to Liperi.It looks position at Kurkijoki belonged to any other battery; strange it's not mentioned at all at Sotahistoriallisetkohteet. I still do not know whether 1 or 2 gun emplacements are there, only one is mentioned on Wikimapia.
This battery is 31.Rask.Ptri, moved from Ylläppää 10. July 1944 via Käkisalmi and Huuhanmäki to Mikli. Battery diary does not tell much about construction work of gun positions. Most likely they were only temporary field fortifications. In that case there's probably nothing left nowadays.As about position at Mikli, the only possible solution is to go there and to ask local residents - maybe they saw something in the forest. Otherwise it's nearly impossible to find something on terrain having no more or less precise location binding, like lake, hill etc. You may walk those forests for days with no any result. Especially providing that those forests are not so suitable for walking.)))
Just guessing, but the word may be "Rauha" = Peace. Date would be then 4th or 5th September 1944. It looks like a piece of rock at left (with exact day?) may have fallen off later.There was an inscription on the wall carved in rock:
9 [then unclear symbol, could be "v" or "r"]
44. [then "Rauta"?.. "Raaja"?..]
Could numbers relate to September 1944? Could "Rauta" be someone's name?
One of the 152C guns of 39.Rask.Ptri was relocated from Kaarnajoki to Riihipelto east of Kaarlahti on 2. July 1944. Together with one gun transferred from Ylläppää (31.Rask.Ptri) it formed new 40.Rask.Ptri. Some days later remaining two guns from Kaarnajoki went to Kurkijoki and two guns from Ylläppää to Mikli.- aha, so there should be 2 gun positions at Kurkijoki. Is there any info concerning what happened with the third gun of that battery?
- do I understand it right that most likely battery locations in Riihipelto are one of those hills with 30 - 35 m elevation as I marked on this map?40.Rask.Ptri at Kaarlahti/Riihipelto is also shown on Map of RTR 3's batteries on 7 July 1944 provided by Mangrove.
- yes, those fortifications are shown on Wikimapia with some pictures attached: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=ru&lat=61.49 ... 2029.94718 It is mentioned that there is one concrete basement for 152 mm Canet gun, plus 2 not finished positions for smaller guns, plus trenches and other defensive positions partly carved in rocks and partly stacked of stones.Finns were also building Canet positions in Puutsaari in August 1944.
Map from the diary of 40. Raskas patteri and link to the same location at www.karjalankartat.fi. The coordinates below are approximates.
The coordinates at Mursula/Laitila include an altitude (K = 50). Unfortunately, the alternative position you suggested is located between the 30 and 35 metres elevation contours. The only location near Laitila farmstead with elevation of 50 metres is around the coordinates I suggested earlier. This also corresponds fairly well to the map I linked earlier.
I also initially thought that the elevation is too low, as the height contour digit above name Leppälä looks like "30". But the contour direction lines tell this contour is uphill from contour "45" around name Laitila so it is actually "50". Also the elevation of Haukkalampi is 27 m and contour "30/50" near Leppälä is the fifth 5 m contour uphill from the pond.The coordinates at Mursula/Laitila include an altitude (K = 50). Unfortunately, the alternative position you suggested is located between the 30 and 35 metres elevation contours. The only location near Laitila farmstead with elevation of 50 metres is around the coordinates I suggested earlier. This also corresponds fairly well to the map I linked earlier.