JR4, HQ WD continued.
Diary Tulo 9104
05.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:
Enemy fire activities :
At Puro: 4pcs 3” shells
At Tie: 50pcs 3” shells
At Ahvenjärvi section inf. Arms fire more lively than usually
At “Puro”, explosion bearing 26-00.
In front of Saapas intermittent f.f. Work
At “Suo”, bearing 29-00 several explosions.
at 23-24hrs in front of “Tie” constant clanking of carts and buzzing of automobiles several times
at 21.00hrs at “Kannas” bearing 33-00 buzzing of automobile back and forth.
At 02.30hrs Russki loudspeaker transmission. Bad audio quality.
Our recce patrol 1+0+4 out from “Tukki” at 22.00-01.?hrs.
Spotted from “Hyrrä” a Russki patrol on the move at 03.30hrs on the far side of Uuksunjoki river on no-man's-land..
At 20.15hrs 8 – 9 aircraft landed at Uomaa airfield.
06.20hrs Report from 8.D. HQ:
Our aircraft has fallen in front of “Korpi” section at 04.40hrs. Four parachutes were seen emerging. One of the men already managed to reach our side. The rest is expected.
17.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:
Enemy fire activities :
Minor inf.arms fire at Suo, Kannas, Etu and “3” .
Enemy F.F: work
At pt.100 terrain working 05- 06hrs , 23-00, 28-00 at 15.00-15.20hrs distances 400m-700m.
1km E pf Pt.109 working.
(In the margin: Annexed to the diary report by Long Distance patrol Heikkilä on 21-28.7.1944, Appx.no.28)
Table:, (stamp: secret. On a separate sheet)
JR4 strength on 31.7.1944
(Sub-units)* KK/JR4* 13./JR4* 14./JR4* I/JR4* II/JR4* III/JR4* .
Nominal* 20, 60 ,203.* 5, 37, 112. * 8, 23, 128. *33, 142, 793.* 31, 149, 813.*29, 149, 785.*
Actual* 20, 54, 187.* 5, 35, 107. * 5, 21, 117. *33, 134, 732.* 29, 132, 726.**26, 135, 714.*
Battle str.* 12, 32, 113.* 5, 30, 97.* 5, 16, 87. *33, 109, 627.*29, 99 , 611.*26, 98, 604.*
118, 511, 2583.
110, 384, 2139.
At 05.30hrs at Kannas bearing 29-00 engine buzzing from E to W and back
At 10.00hrs in the middle of “Suunnikas”about 100m from the edge of the forest a column of smoke.
18.00hrs 2nd Lts Laurikainen and Ravantaa (?) reported as transferred to III Btn as mortar officers in JR4.
18.35hrs Russki ground attack plane fell down at 200m N of Ahvenjärvi N shore. The plane survived quite whole. The airmen were killed. Maps were secured.
19.30hrs Phone wiretapping revealed that Russki has detected our long range patrol (GHQ) E of Himatsuo (S) and taking action to destroy them.
20.15hrs 2nd Lt. Tanskanen (+17 men) received orders to guide the said long range patrol over to our side from the enemy rear.
21.45hrs Wiretapping revealed that Russki has placed 6 men in front of the long range patrol while 60 men are encircling them. The enemies have a phone connection with each other.
21.55hrs Commander reported this information to Col.Lt. Pietarinen in 8.D.HQ.
22.30hrs Order from 8.D:HQ: Kääriäinen/Simelius :
Prepare to send 2 platoons to support the platoon of 2nd Lt Tanskanen.
22.55hrs Order to III Btn Simelius/Hannula :
2 platoons must be set in readiness in the terrain of “5” to set out to help 2nd Lt Tanskanen if necessary.
Due to darkness patrols can no more be sent out to avoid confusion.
22.40hrs 2nd Lt. Raudin (?) reported having returned from hospital. He was wounded in Pultsoila.
To be continued.