JR4, HQ WD continued.
Diary Tulo 9104
16.7. (former part)
02.40hrs 5.Coy and 7.Coy set out. Delay caused by artillery F.O.O.being late.
Intense Russki mortar fire at the Main defence line on Tenho's right wing
02.30hrs Coy Salmi set out
04.00hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:
At 16.45_our patrol penetrated in the main road direction to the previously immobilized tank and torched it.
At 18.25 hrs 2.Coy set out from Niinilampi – Sammallampi isthmus, bearing SSE, target hill 98 that was reached AT 20.15HRS. Russki delayed in seven different places and suffered losses of 30 to 40 killed. War booty 1 MG, 1 LMG, 1 tel.sert, 40 pcs direct fire gun shells. Recce directed at N tip of Pyhäjärvi, E and S.
At 18.00 hrs Our patrol found Russki entrenchments on the Kiimajärvi – Himatsuo isthmus, at pt.5240 level.
At 02.30hrs 11.Coy set out, tasked to outflank via pts 114, 122 to the abovementioned isthmus
At 02.40hrs 5.Coy and 7.Coy set out from the isthmus Sammallampi - pond 91, tasked to outflank to E and man the Varpaoja line. Their start was delayed by F.O.O. Being late.
Heavy mortar fire at terrains Niinilampi – Sammallampi.
At 02.30hrs GHQ long distance patrol crossed our line at III Btn to our side. Patrol leader 2nd Lt. Norrgård.
At 20.20 hrs two ground attack planes raided at Siirantie road direction.
04.25hrs Report from II Btn : Marttinen/Olsson
7.Coy made contact in terrain at N5080, E8940, crossing open bog after artillery softened up the far side. One wounded prisoner taken.
Raustiala gained the patch of forest abt 1km SE of Sammallampi.
05.15hrs Report from II Btn : Tenho/Simelius
Taken 3 prisoners. Heinonen gained the Sausage hill at P5050, E8960. Tough resistance.
Raustiala gained Salmilampi E, continuing to E. Survo supporting.
One platoon of Honkala's trying at the direction of the road to go to help Heinonen.
Survo meeting tough resistance.
06.00hrs Report from II Btn : Tenho/Olsson
7.Coy cut off the road at the clear-cutting level.
One AT gun taken. One of Honkala's platoons coming to support.
The terrain between Heinonen and the Main defence line has been swept.
Rautiala (5.Coy) has cut off the road at the brook line, one AT gun taken, one prisoner caught.
Unknown quantity of Russkies between Heinonen and Raustiala.
06.15hrs Report from III Btn : Hannila/Olsson
Kiimajärvi – Himatsuo isthmus: Securing pushed to level 5230.
No reports from the Jaeger patrol nor from Salmi.
07.30hrs Jaeger patrol returned, the patrol route via pts 114, 112 E of Latvajärvi to the terrain of P4800, E9400 and then back. Russkies found NW of Latvajärvi.
07.35hrs Abovementioned reported to 8.D HQ.
07.45hrs Report from II Btn : Tenho/Simelius
The Motti between Heinonen and Raustiala has been cleaned, Russkies escaped E of the road via Pt 106.
09.30hrs 3 prisoners sent by III Btn, one of which wounded. They told that only 340TkkP is standing against us.
Prisoners were sent on to 8.D HQ for interrogation.
10.55hrs Report from II Btn : Hannila/Olsson
Capt. Salmi's rolling reached 2nd Lt Uusitalo's grouping at N side of Kiimajärvi – Saarijärvi isthmus. Russki withdrawing S along the isthmus.
13.00hrs Order to II Btn: Simelius/Tenho
Present II Btn positions shall be a battlr forepost manned by a reinforced Coy (2.Coy) . The rest shall withdraw to the Main defence line where F.F work shall be started immediately, including e.g. the wire.
13.30hrs Order to III Btn: Simelius/Hannila
Start disengaging 11.Coy and return them to their own position and restart F.F. Work.
Battle foreposts to remain on the Kiimajärvi – Saarijärvi and Varpajärvi isthmuses (S of merging point) and in the patch of forest on the NE shore of Saarijärvi lake and in the terrain of P.112. Else as previously. Btn to determine themselves on the strength.
At the same time III Btn reported war booty: 1 AT rifle, 2 SMG, 2 tel.sets and phone cable.
(List of) Prisoners taken in the battle of Varpajärvi on 15.-16-7.1944
Rank Unit Name
Lt. 2/340TkkP Pivovarof Pjotr
Pvt. “ Lvov Timofei
“ “ Penin Aleksander
“ “ Tsitovitsch Jegor
“ “ Kolivarov Pjotr
“ “ Borisoff Afanasij
“ “ Markoff Anatoli
“ “ Sirebrakov Maksim
Pfc. “ Krikov Nikolai
Pvt “ Schnikov Nikolai
“ “ Goloviachkin V.
Cpl. 1./” Ornatski Aleksander
Pvt 4./” Gardefii Nikolai
“ ” Kuhtin Pjotr
Cpl. “ Nosejev Tosan
Tota 16 prisoners. One wounded prisoner.
(To be continued)