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Re: Fighting at Tihveri 29/6 -44

Post by John Hilly » 22 Feb 2017 13:04

Lotvonen wrote:02.30hrs Report from 8.D HQ:
Russki attack that was expected at 2000hrs shall take place according to received information toaday at 06.00hrs at Loimola.
"According to received information" meaning Finnish radio intelligence results. They really did great job.

With best, J-P :milwink:
"Die Blechtrommel trommelt noch!"

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Re: Fighting at Tihveri 29/6 -44

Post by Henric Edwards » 22 Feb 2017 19:02

John Hilly wrote:
Lotvonen wrote:02.30hrs Report from 8.D HQ:
Russki attack that was expected at 2000hrs shall take place according to received information toaday at 06.00hrs at Loimola.
"According to received information" meaning Finnish radio intelligence results. They really did great job.

With best, J-P :milwink:
Indeed. And always busy patrolling, digging and trying to nab prisoners.

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Re: Fighting at Tihveri 29/6 -44

Post by Lotvonen » 23 Feb 2017 06:31

JR4, HQ WD continued.
Diary Tulo 9104

25.7.1944_

05.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:

Enemy fire activities :
At Suo: 13pcs light mortar bombs
At Kannas: 4pcs - “ -
At Rosvo: 5pcs -”- and 12 pcs 3” direct fire shells in front of trench
At 17.00-20.00 slow shelling at Siili fields in the rear of I Btn.
(?): 5pcs 3” direct fire shells- “ -
F.F. Work:
At 19.40 -20.30hrs Explosions in “Suunnikas” among other things
Traffic:
At 19.45hrs at Siira road automobile buzzing to S
At 21 and 22hrs both times from N to S
Patrolling:
1.00-01.00 Prisoner catching patrol out from IIIBtn in 5200,9300 terrain, did not catch one.
I Btn sent out 3 recce patrols and a prisoner catching paatrol. The last mentioned has not returned yet. Recce patrol findings to be reported later.
Olsson/Vermala
The rain that started yestereday morning is still continuous today.
12.45hrs Tel.msg. from 8.D HQ via “Kettu”:
At some time the task for the (enemy) tanks has been cancelled. Assembly at Korpijärvi
Norovuori/Olsson
14.50hrs Report from 8.D HQ:
Three Russkies in camo suits have been seen on the move SE of Ihovaara
Pietarinen/Luoto
Due to this I Btn was ordered to sweep the terrain W of the main road from Maisula. II Btn supply ws ordered to secure the terrain at “Metsänvartija” from SW to NE. Jaeger ptn/JR4 was ordered to sweep both sides of the main road starting from “Metsänvartija”.
13.Coy and 14.Coy supply secure at their locations frown W to E.
II/KTR11 secure NW of “Metsänvartija” terrain.
15.00hrs Radio message from Lt Heikkilä:
“Due to thunderstorm only the following findings:
Map 1:100 000; Hovilampi 108 camp. Road Korpijärvi – W one battery ?”
Retransmission requested.
16.00hrs Maj. Gahnström reported to Col. Simelius that he had taken over II/JR4 from Capt Tenho with some remarks.
17.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:
Enemy moving about in 5550, 9320 terrain. Heikkilä: radio message at 17.00hrs ”Hovilampi 108 camp. Road Korpijärvi – to NW lots of automobiles.”
Olsson/Kemmo
18.30hrs Jaeger patrol led by Lt Vainionmäki returned from the chase of Russki patrol. Nothing found. Road securing pulled back, also sweeping units. Instead the isthmuses E of Siira crossroads shall remain secured .
21.50hrs Tel.msg. From 8.D :
II/JR4 CO Maj. Gahnström shall be transferred on 25.7.1944. He shall hand over his duties to Capt. Tenho. (Sic! a command less than 6 hours in duration , tr.rem.)
Patrolling next night:
I Btn: Each rifle Coy shall send a recce patrol to the terrain in front of them.
II Btn: Prisoner catching patrol 1+6 to”Isthmus”
IIIBtn: Prisoner catching patrol 1+1+6 to the patch of forest NE of Latvajärvi

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Re: Fighting at Tihveri 29/6 -44

Post by Henric Edwards » 23 Feb 2017 08:38

Thanks!
II/JR4 CO Maj. Gahnström shall be transferred on 25.7.1944. He shall hand over his duties to Capt. Tenho. (Sic! a command less than 6 hours in duration , tr.rem.)
What on earth happened there? Captain Tenho barely had time to pack his bags and say goodbye. :)

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Re: Fighting at Tihveri 29/6 -44

Post by Lotvonen » 24 Feb 2017 06:51

JR4, HQ WD continued.
Diary Tulo 9104

26.7.1944_

Situation report to 8.D HQ:
Enemy fire activities :
At Tie: 11pcs light mortar bombs
At 112: 14pcs - “ -
At Kannas (k.j.-s.j-??): 13pcs -”- and 3 pcs 3” shells
Someof them in the lake
At Hyrrä: 5pcs light mortar bombs
At 17.00-20.00 slow shelling at Siili fields in the rear of I Btn.
Traffic:
At 22.00hrs at main road outgoing cart clanking
At 23.00 In front of Puro cart clanking heading right
At midnght a few times automobile buzzing E of Hyrrä, about 2 km
Patrolling:
21.00-02.00 Our patrol in “Kämppä” terrain. 5800, 9200 still empty. The patrol (1+45) that set out from 112 terrain returned at 04.30hrs. No prisoners taken. Other observations missing.
Prisoner catching patrol to “Kannas” (1+6) bumped at a new Russki sentry post. No prisoners caught. The patrol took mortar fire when retreating ( 10 bombs)
At 04.20hrs Russki patrol of 10 men approached Pt.112 from SE. Having seen our men they retreated. They did not open fire.
Olsson/Ränkipohja
09.00hrs Radio message to the Sissi detachment:
“Send more detailed info on findings. Where is H.? When will you be back?
Turva 4 “
12.10-18.30hrs The Commander inspecrted the right flank of 9.Coy and I Batn.
Tel.msg. from 8.D HQ via “Kettu”:
17.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:
At 07.45hrs 10 Russkies on the move from the SW tip of “Kannas”, bearing 37-30 150m from the shoreline
At 10.45hrs in the same spot 3 Russkies who fired at our positions.
We have observed F.F. Work in 5550, 9320. 4 Russkies working, one guarding.
At 05.30hrs in the direction of the main road automobile buzzing in distance.
17.00hrs I Btn had caught a Russki prisoner who had escaped from a Finnish prisoner camp. He was brought to the Rgt HQ and immediately passed on to 8.D HQ.

27.7.1944_
05.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:
Enemy fire activities :
At Saapas: 24.00-03.00 intense infantry fire
At Kannas: From the SW tip bearing 37-30 MG and LMG fire (0.20-01,00). At the same spot two Russkies fixing up their positions.
At Kettu: 10pcs light mortar bombs and 2 heavy ones ahead of the trench.
F.F. work
Patrolling:
At 23 hrs Recce patrols set out from “Lampi” and “Suo” for the terrain in front of their positions. Preparing fot prisoner catching mission next night.
Russki is extremely vigilant.
Our ambush patrol SE of Pt.112 terrain abt 1 km out 20-00-03.00hrs. No results.
Prisoner catching patrol that set out from “Kala” (1+0+6) has not returned yet.
Olsson/Ränkipohja
08.30hrs Radio message formn Lt. Heikkilä:
”I am returning next night at Salmi and Sara.”
Radio message to Heikkilä:
“Message understood. Provide information. Bring a prisoner.
Turva 4”
10.25hrs Observation balloon went up from Pt 117.6, bearing 33-00
10.30hrs Reported to 8.D HQ
Olsson/Kemmo
12.15hrs The Commander inspected the support line of the Rgt.
Annexed to the war diary Regimental order dd. 24.7.1944
17.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:
Enemy fire activities :
At 05.30hrs MG salvoes from the direction of the main road
F.F. Work
In front of Puro at 11.40-14-45 several explosions S and SE. Distances 200 - 1000m
Traffic:
At 05.30 hrs Cart clanking from the direction of the main road.
At 10.25-11.10hrs Observation balloon at Pt 117.6, bearing 33-00
Aerial activities:
Several flights overhead. Most likely using the airfield at Sääksjärvi.
Olsson/Vermala

To be continued.

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Re: Fighting at Tihveri 29/6 -44

Post by Henric Edwards » 24 Feb 2017 09:19

Thank you Lotvonen!

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Re: Fighting at Tihveri 29/6 -44

Post by Lotvonen » 25 Feb 2017 11:27

JR4, HQ WD continued.
Diary Tulo 9104

28.7.1944_
00.30hrs Report from II Btn:
The prisoner catching patrol 1+3 that set out at 21.00hrs succeeded in taking a prisoner in “Sukka” terrain at 00.00hrs . At the same time the Russki was found to be grouping in front of Puro and Saapas. Our artillery fired barrages at the both locations. The abovementioned patrol Onali killed 7 Russkies.
01.45hrs Report from III Btn:
The patrol 1+4+34 advanced from Pt. 112 to S for one km. Their task was to catch a prisoner in the patch of forest at NE shore of Saarijärvi. The patrol was involved in a lively firefight and no prisoner was taken. Our casualties 9 wounded.
05.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:
At 23.50hrs it was found that the enemy had concentrated one and a half Coys in front of both Puro and Saapas. Our artillery , mortar and infantry arms fire repelled the Russki. In front of Saapas the Russki employed a flamethrower. Russki covered their withdrawal with mortar barrages.

Fire activities :
At Lampi: 22.00-01.00hrs a total of 18 shells
At Suo: 23.00-23.40hrs 50 shells
At Tie: 21.30-23.50hrs 110 shells
At Kannas 22.10-01.00hrs 80 shells
At Halme: 16 pcs 3” shells
At Rosvo and Niemi: 15 rds light mortar and 20pcs 3” shells
At 17.00-20.00 slow shelling at Siili fields in the rear of I Btn.
Our artillery fire 181 shells
Our 120 mortar fired 56 rds
Our 81 mortar fired 70 rds

Patrolling:
21.00-00.30hrs Our patrol 1+3 set out from “suo” and reached “Suunnikas”, in its W edge where 7 Russkies were at f.f.work and one guarding. The seven were taken out but the guard escaped but he was caught. This comrade did not surrender until he was cut up a little. The Russki is from 4/340/Tyk.KKP.
21.00-02.00hrs Our patrol patrol 1+4+34 on prisoner catching mission tried to reach the patch of forest at NE shore of Saarijärvi. The patrol arrived at the SE side where they attempted to enter but was received y very intense infantry arms fire. The attempt failed. Our casualties 9 wounded.
03.00hrs Long distance patrol Heikkilä arrived and passed the 11.Coy section. The patrol was reconnoitring for six days at the Loimola-Käsnäselkä road in the terrain between the road and the front line. Patrol strength was 1+1+4.
The I Btn patrol that set out on 26.7. at 21 hrs did not return yet
Olsson/Kemmo

09.30hrs Lt. Heikkilä debriefing at the Commander about the results of the mission.
10.40hrs Report from I Btn:
Lt. Liuksiala's prisoner catching patrol that set out on 26.7.at 21hrs returned today at 06.00hrs. The patrol did not get a prisoner.
12.15hrs 2nd Lt Mutanen reported to the Commander as being transferred to JR4. He was posted to 14./JR4

The Rgt received new gear:
100 pcs summer tunics
500 -"- overcoats
800 -"-shirts
200 pairs boots
1000 pcs footwraps
4 -"- carbide lanterns

17.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:
Enemy fire activities :
09.00hrs
At Suo Infantry fire
At Tie: Light mortar 5 rds
At Hotti - “- 12 rds

F.F. Work
Several explosions in front of Puro and Suo at 05.30-08.45hrs, distane 400 to 500 m
At 13.45hrs from the SW tip of Kannas bearing 35-00 two Russkies going in the forest carrying spades.
Patrolling:
At 06.00 returned the I Btn prisoner catching patrol that had set out on 256.7.at 21.00hrs. No prisoner caught. At terrain 5950, 9250 encountered a Russki phone cable. It was tapped and found to be old. The phone cables found last night by Heikkilä's patrol at the terrain 5300, 9400 shall be wiretapped next night.
Olsson/Mattila

21.00hrs A GHQ Long distance patrol leader visited our Rgt enquiring about the Russki securing in front of III Batn. They shall set out next night before midnight (1+8) from the section of III Btn.
21.40hrs Report forn I Btn Salonen/Olsson :
Yesterday at 113-14hrs a Russki messenger dog ran through our line to the Russki lines on the section of 8.Coy. The dog was shot at but missed.
21.45hrs Reported to 8.D HQ. Olsson /Ränkipohja

To be continued.

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Re: Fighting at Tihveri 29/6 -44

Post by Henric Edwards » 25 Feb 2017 15:17

Striling work! "Cutting up a bit", eh? :)

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Re: Fighting at Tihveri 29/6 -44

Post by Lotvonen » 26 Feb 2017 07:50

JR4, HQ WD continued.
Diary Tulo 9104

29.7.1944_
05.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:
Enemy fire activities :
09.00hrs
At Puro: 12 pcs 3” shells, 6 rds of light mortar
At Lampi: 50mm mortar 13 rds
At Suo: 2pcs 3” shells, 12 rds of light mortar
At Tie:1pcs 3” shells, Light mortar 5 rds
At Kannas: inf. Fire all night
At Piste: in front of it 15pcs 3” shells, Light mortar 35 rds
Strong explosion in the direction of the main road
at 21.55hrs abt. 1,5 km from our positions
at 23.08hrs in the direction of the main road strong buzzing of a big engine, approaching.
At 22.59hrs several flares bearing 24-00 from Saapas

Patrolling:
I Btn sent out 2 recce patrols, one of them brought along about 200m old Russki field phone cable.
III Btn sent out an escort patrol, aiding the GHQ patrol out through our line
Olsson/Ränkipohja
09.45-12-45hrs The Cdr and Adjutant were out reconnoitring for a new commmand post site. The forested terrain S of Laihalampi (N6010, E8400) was selected.
117.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:
Enemy fire activities :
At Puro: low intensity inf.fire
At Tie: at 08.50 LMG fire
At Etu: several light mortar rds
At Suo: at 08.00 bearing20-30 3 Russkies heading E
at 12.07hrs bearing 19-00 an explosion
Russki F.F: work in Kämppä terrain
At 06.00 from Hotti bearing 5-50 tractor heading S
At 09.00 from Hotti bearing 5-50 tractor heading N
At 15.00 from Hotti bearing 5-50 tractor heading N
28.7.at 22.00 Russki patrol of 6 men in front of “Etu” abt 40 m from our positions. Repelled by inf. Fire.
At 09.our light mortar fired 16 rds at a building site 400m N from Rajaselkä “R”
Olsson/Kemmo

(Another table on a loose leaf:)
Tel.msg.to Este4 on 29.7.44 at 13.00hrs
On losses inflicted on the enem on the periond 15.7.-28.7.1944
Date *Place *Enemy unit *KIA *POW *Tanks destroyed *Other destroyed material
15.-16.7. *Varpajärvi *340.TKKP *120 *15 * 0* *-
16.7._*Kiimajärvi-
Saarijärvi isthmus. *340.TKKP *20 *1 * 0* * One previously immobilized assault gun torched.
17.7._Saarijärvi-
Varpajärvi isthmus. *340.TKKP *5 *0 * 0* *
19.7._ Varpajärvi . *340.TKKP *2 *0 * 0* *
21.7._Saarijärvi-
Varpajärvi isthmus. * ? *5 *0 * 0* *
22.7._ Varpajärvi . *340.TKKP *5 *0 * 0* *
25.7._Latvajärvi, E shore *? * 3 * 0 * *
27.7._ Varpajärvi . *340.TKKP *8 * 1 * 0* *
* 337.? * 10* 0 * *
25.7._Saarijärvi, E shore *? * 10 * 0 * *
Total 10 KIA, 17 POW
Lt. Olsson /Capt. Norovuori

18.05hrs Tel.msg. From 8,D HQ using “Klaara”
A part of the Recce Det., patrol strength 5 men, to prepare for a march on 30.7. Heikkilä himself, Strenght 10 men, to march on 2.8.
By order Este 4.

18.50hrs Report from III Btn. Hannila/Olsson.
In addition to the present battle foreposts the following new battle foreposts must be set up:
N. 5295 E 9250 – 1 squad
N. 5350 E 9300 – 1 squad
N. 5460 E 9270 – 1 squad
N. 5520 E 9250 – 3 men

21.30hrs The abovementioned increases reported to 8.D HQ
Olsson /Mattila

21.15hrs Grouping changes being carried out. Observe the situation on our secrtor.
By order Norovuori

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Post by Henric Edwards » 26 Feb 2017 16:02

Brilliant Lotvonen!

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Re: Fighting at Tihveri 29/6 -44

Post by Lotvonen » 28 Feb 2017 07:28

JR4, HQ WD continued.
Diary Tulo 9104

30.7.1944_
05.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:
Enemy fire activities :
At Lampi: light mortar 13 rds
At Tie: light mortar 5 rds
At Saari: light mortar 10 rds
-“ - : in front of it 18pcs 3” shells, Light mortar 10 rds
F.F. Work
At 22.00-03.00 in the terrain of SE of Saarijärvi
At 22.45-03.20 in front of “Puro” f.f.work, tree cutting and explosions
At 19.35hrs Explosion bearing 22.40 from “Lampi”
At 23.40hrs another S of “Suo”
Traffic
at 21.55hrs at Puro bearing 18-00 cart clanking
at 01.15 hrs at Lampi bearing 22-40 -”-
at 22.00hrs at Saapas bearing 18.00 engine buzzing
at 22.10hrs at Lampi bearing 22-00 - “ -
at 04.00hrs - ” - -”- 23.50 - “-
at 01.25hrs - “ - -”- 25.00 -”-
at 02.00 hrs At the direction of the main road buzzing of an automobile , close, approaching.
at 02.45hrs At the direction of the main road buzzing of an automobile , far, approaching.

Patrolling:
At 22-30-02.30hrs a listening patrol E of 4.Coy . Heard nothing special.
At 22.00-00-15hrs battle patrol of 1.Coy 2+2+18 attempted to catch a prisoner in the terrain 1,5km NE of Himatlampi, without result. The patrol was caught in an intense firefight. 10-15 Russkies were killed + more by artillery fire.
2.Coy sent out a prisoner catching patrols 1+3 at midnight. No prisoners.
Aslo a recce patrol was out, findings later.
At 00.05hrs Russki 6 man patrol in front of “Saapas”. Repelled by inf.fire. When retreating the patrol hit a minefield judging by explosions and shouting.

Propaganda
At 22.40hrs in front of “Tie” Russki loudspeaker transmission. Included in the programme was “greetings” from Maj. Korhonen of Rj.P7.
Olsson/Ränkipohja

16.30hrs Commander visiting JR45.

17.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:
Enemy fire activities :
At Ahvenjärvi sector low intensity inf.arms fire
Enemy F.F: work
At 08.05hrs Explosion at Puro, bearing 190-50, distance abt. 300m
At 10-12.45hrs some explosions at Lampi, bearing 32-20 and 23-50
Traffic
At “1” bearing 26-50 at 05.30 and 06.10hrs strained engine buzzing heading E and W. Pylon 129 found to be manned.
Air activities
At 10.00-10-30hrs Three aircraft flew several times over Ahvenjärvi sector. Likely a photo flight.
Olsson/Ränkipohja
Lt. Olsson /Capt. Norovuori

09.30-14.00hrs Lt. Olsson visiting 8.D HQ, agenda recce and patrolling.
15.00hrs Rgt received one war dog for their disposal, for now stationed in battle forepost no.3.

22.00hrs 2nd Lt. Tuukkanen reported as transferred to III Btn.

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Thanks!

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Post by Lotvonen » 01 Mar 2017 06:49

JR4, HQ WD continued.
Diary Tulo 9104

31.7.1944_
05.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:
Enemy fire activities :
At Puro: light mortar 39 rds + 23pcs 3” shells
Our artillery fired 30 shells at the mortar position
At Saapas: light mortar 9 rds + 14pcs 3” shells
At Suo: 35pcs 3” shells
At Tie: light mortar 17 rds
At “1” 4 pcs 5” shells far behind the trench, Light mortar 16 rds
At Varsi: 1 shell direct fire gun

F.F. Work
In front of Saapas explosions, bearings 24-00,22-00, and timber chopping 20.10-21.20
in front of “Puro” f.f.work, tree cutting and explosionsAt 22.45-03.20
At Niemio bearing 16-30 at 20.25hrs chopping and bantering.

Traffic
at 01.40hrs at Saapas bearing 22.50 engine buzzing
at 02.00hrs at “1” Track clanking bearing 24-50

Patrolling:
Our patrols:
Patrol 1+0+6 out from Metsä , at 22.30-00.00hrs. In the no-man's land a stronger enemy patrol tried to encircle them. Our patrol managed to withdraw.
Our recce patrol 0+1+3 out from Hyrrä at 22.15-00.45hrs. Their observations shall be forwarded as a transparent drawing.
At 02.30hrs on the sector of III Btn a wiretapping cable was successfully connected from a Russki cable to “5” where the listening shall take place.

Propaganda
At 23.50hrs at Siira road Russki loudspeaker transmissions. Nothing new in the programme.
Olsson/Mattila

06.00hrs 2 Russki fighters strafed the N part of Siira road
12.30hrs repeat of the previous
13.45hrs Commander and Rgt. Officer inspecting III Btn sector.
15.10hrs Artillry reported: Observation balloon airborne from pylon (?) at 117,6 bearing 32-00
15.12hrs reported to “Este 4”
Balloon descended at 15.32

17.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:
Enemy fire activities :
At “Puro” 15 pcs 3” shells, 20 rds light mortar
At “Tie” 33 pds 3” shells, some of them in the rear
At “Kannas” inf.arms fire more intense than usually
Enemy F.F: work
At “Puro”, several explosion bearings 19-00, 23-00, 28-00 at 15.00-15.20hrs distances 400m-700m.
At “Kannas” at 15-16hrs several explosions bearing 22-00 distance abt 1 km.
At “Kannas” several explosions at 15-16hrs distance abt 1 km. At 13.25hrs 2 groups of Russkies were moving about in terrain “Sukka”. Our light mortar fired here 31 rds.
At 15.00-15.32 Russki observation balloon airborne from pt 117,6 bearing 32-00
Air activities
At 06.00 and 12.20 2 Russki AC:s (P-39 ? Tr.rem.) strafed the crossroads of Siira-Loimola. At 5-8hrs several overflights from S to N.
Olsson/Ränkipohja

To be continued.

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Re: Fighting at Tihveri 29/6 -44

Post by Henric Edwards » 01 Mar 2017 21:56

Excellent, thanks for another interesting instalment! Speaking of patrols. Is there ever any mention of which soldiers went out? Only the patrol leader seems to be mentioned in the diaries I've seen.

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Re: Fighting at Tihveri 29/6 -44

Post by Lotvonen » 02 Mar 2017 07:24

JR4, HQ WD continued.
Diary Tulo 9104

1.8.1944_
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

F.F. Work
At “Puro”, explosion bearing 26-00.
In front of Saapas intermittent f.f. Work
At “Suo”, bearing 29-00 several explosions.

Traffic
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.

Propaganda
At 02.30hrs Russki loudspeaker transmission. Bad audio quality.

Patrolling:
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.
Olsson/Nihtilä

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.
Ränkipohja/Olsson

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.*
Total JR4:
126, 560,2834.
118, 511, 2583.
110, 384, 2139.
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Traffic:
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.
Olsson/Kurkela
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.

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To be continued.

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