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Re: Fighting at Tihveri 29/6 -44

Post by Henric Edwards » 02 Mar 2017 20:45

Thanks! The SigInt was indeed important, as evidenced in today's entry.

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Re: Fighting at Tihveri 29/6 -44

Post by Lotvonen » 03 Mar 2017 12:47

JR4, HQ WD continued.
Diary Tulo 9104

2.8.1944_
05.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:
Enemy fire activities :
At “Lampi”: 2pcs 3” shells+5pcs light mortar rds
At “Suo”: 12pcs 3” shells +56pcs light mortar rds
Through the entire sector inf. arms fire more lively than usually

F.F. Work
At “Puro”, 02.40hrs timber chopping
At “Suo”, 22.13hrs,bearing 25-70, distance 800m, explosions.
Again at 23.15hrs bearing 24-50

Traffic
At “Puro”, bearing 24-00, 19.10hrs, engine buzzing
At “Suo”, bearing 31-00, 01.30hrs, distant engine buzzing. Outgoing, bearing 28-60
At “Tie”, at 22.00hrs distant engine buzzing. Bearing 23-00
At “Kannas” at.19.30hrs buzzing of automobile to the right, bearing 29-00
At “1” at 20.15 and 21.15 engine buzzing bearing 28-00
At 18.35 hrs one IL-2 crashed at the terrain N of Ahvenjärvi. Likely due to engine problem. Airmen who died were of Maat.Le.R.694. Aircraft no.48

Patrolling:
At 20.15 our patrol 1+3+14 guided a GHQ patrol from the Russki rear to our side at the sector of III Btn. The patrol returned at 02.30hrs
At 02.45 returned Staff Sgt. Malinen's long range patrol that had set out on the night of 30.7. (1+4) from the terrain of Saarijärvi.
From “Tukki” an ambush patrol 1+1+2 at 20.00-02.00 in the no-man's land. No results.
A 03.00hrs a recce patrol (1+0+3) set out from “3”
Our mortar fired 9 rds at a Russki f.f. Working point in the terrain of “Sukka”.
Olsson/Vermola

Last night the 75mm AT gun that had been placed NW of Luotojärvi was moved S pf Ahvenjärvi near the other 75mm gun.
The wiretapping cable connected to a Russki “Light permanent” cable has been extended from the battle forepost “5” to the command post of 10.Coy where the listening takes place. Listeners are men from the listening platoon of the Div.
Last night the first written report of wiretapping was sent to 8.D. HQ.

The Commander last night ordered the Rgt.Officer to act as the controller of the planning of rear F.F. Work (K-line).

The Regiment has received ten horses with drivers as replacement.

18.00hrs Lt. Saaristo reported as transferred to JR4. He was posted in I/JR4.

17.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:
Enemy fire activities :
At “Etu”: 10 pcs 3” shells
At “Tukki”: 6 pcs light mortar rds
At “Varsi”: 5pcs light mortar rds + 8rds 50mm

Enemy F.F: work
At “Puro”: bearing 27-80 at 05.20hrs wood chopping
At 14.30 a 10 man work group arrived from the direction of “Sukka” to the terrain in front of “Saapas”. Our securing outfit took out two of these Russkies .
At “Kämppä” terrain situated E of “Etu” f.f.work going on all day.
At “Tie” bearing 27-00 at the edge of the swamp Russki has been building a cover fence. AM: field fire smoke rising from the bog bearing 22-00
At 10.00hrs movement spotted at “Suunnikas”. Our sniper got 2 Russkies.

Air activities:
At 17.30hrs two IL-2 strafing the Siira and Loimola roads.
Olsson/Ränkipohja

17.30hrs Lt. Poutiainen reported that Russki ground attack planes had fired at 4 horses of the HQ Coy, two died, two wounded.


To be continued.

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Re: Fighting at Tihveri 29/6 -44

Post by Henric Edwards » 03 Mar 2017 18:09

Thanks again! :)

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Re: Fighting at Tihveri 29/6 -44

Post by Lotvonen » 04 Mar 2017 08:52

JR4, HQ WD continued.
Diary Tulo 9104

3.8.1944_
05.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:

Enemy fire activities :
At “Puro”: 3pcs light mortar rds
At “Suo”: 16pcs light mortar rds
At”Tie”: 7pcs 3”shells
At “Piste”: 25pcs light mortar rds in front of trench
At “Metsä”: 8pcs 3” shells
Through the entire sector usual inf. arms fire.

F.F. Work
At “Puro”, between 18.00-19.35hrs 2 explosions bearing 16-00 and 30-50 distance300m
At “Suo”,at 03.32hrs explosion bearing 19-00,
At “Kannas” at.18.33hrs explosion 35-00
At “Varsi” after17.00 piles being driven in the ground bearing 10-00

(New diary)

Continuing from previous diary
05.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:

Patrolling:
The patrol that set out from “3 ”on 2.8.at 03.00 has not returned yet.
From “Hyrrä” a prisoner catching patrol 1+2+8 out 20.00-03.00hrs. No result.
From “Metsä” a recce patrol 1+2+5 at 22.15-02.00 in the no-man's land. Nothing to report.

13.30hrs Commander set out to inspect the K-line S of Luotojärvi. Div.CO also present.
15.30hrs wiretapping post reported:
Enemy patrol of 7 men shall go out to catch a prisoner
Ssgt Krueger/Lt Olsson

15.35hrs the abovementioned was relayed to the Btns and to Artillery

17.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:
Enemy fire activities :
At “Puro”: 5 pcs light mortar rds
At “Saapas”: 7 pcs 50mm mortar rds
At “Suo”: 3 pcs 3” shells
At “Tie”: 6 pcs 3” shells
At “Karhu I”: 1 pcs 3” shells
At “Saari”: 6 pcs 3” shells
At “Kala”: 3 pcs 3” shells

Enemy F.F: work
At “Sukka”: 8 men at F.F work. Our mortars fired 9 rds.
Occasional working in enemy “Kämppä” terrain.

Traffic
At “Kannas” bearing 32-00 at 12.30 hrs distant automobile buzzing.

Patrolling
The patrol 1+0+3 that set out yesterday returned at 10.00hrs. They had detected enemy battle forepost at point 5510, 9300. From there about 500m to SE at the edge of the forest a minefield. 50 m S from pt.100 one NG and pt 100, 300 m NNW another MG. 2Pcs horse vehicles at pt.100, 500 m S at the path there.
Enemy shall attempt prisoner catching with 7 men.
Olsson/Ränkipohja

20.00hrs Report from III Btn: Tanskanen/Olsson
Recce patrol 1+1+4 shall go out for a couple of nights to check the terrain E of Mustalampi.

2200hrs Report from II Btn:
Prisoner catching patrol shall try to catch a prisoner in front of “Kannas”. They set out at 22.00hrs.

(In the margin:
Annexed to the diary a series of 1:100000 maps glued together from the Finnish border to Pyhäjärvi and from Pitkäranta to Ägläjärvi, a total of 11 sheets Appx. no.37)

To be continued.

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Re: Fighting at Tihveri 29/6 -44

Post by Henric Edwards » 04 Mar 2017 10:26

Thanks!

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Re: Fighting at Tihveri 29/6 -44

Post by Lotvonen » 06 Mar 2017 06:46

The translator was lazy and did not bother to do research for the word "nostomies"

JR4, HQ WD continued.
Diary Tulo 9104

5.8.1944_
05.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:

Enemy fire activities :
At “Puro”: 9pcs 3”shells, 5pcs light mortar rds
Ar “Saapas”: 9 pcs light mortar rds
At “Lampi”: Lively inf.arms fire .
At”Tie”: 33pcs 3”shells, 52pcs light mortar rds
At “1”: 1pcs 3”shells,10pcs light mortar rds .
At “3”: 2pcs direct fire shells
Ar “Hattu”:5pcs - “ -

F.F. Work
At 04.00hrs in front of “Saapas”
At 21.00 hrs in front of “Lampi”, explosion bearing 27-00
At 21.20hrs in front of “3” explosion bearing 19-00
At 20.00hrs in front of”6” - “ - bearing 20-00
In front of “Hotti” at times
At 17.15hrs at “Sukka”

Traffic
At “Lampi” at 01.50hrs distant engine buzzing bearing 22-50
At “Varsi” at 21.20 and 22.30hrs cart clanking bearing 08-00
at 19.25 automobile buzzing to N bearing 11-00

Patrolling:
At 02.00 enemy patrol abt. 12 men appeared in front of “Saapas “ and fired at the stronghold intensely then witdraw .
At 22.50hrs Movement was heard in front of “6”
Our patrol that had set out on 3.8.23.00hrs returned at 04.30hrs.

Our light mortar fired on IIBtn sector at enemy worksites after 20.00 hrs 28 rds.
Our artillery at the enemy mortar positions 40 shells
Our heavy mortars - “ - 8 rds
-suppressing them.
Olsson/Kurkela

12.15hrs Tel. Message from 8.D: HQ:(Kettu and Klaara)
Enemy field fortified positions at Saarijärvi and N of Suuri Käppäjärvi.
Norovuori/Paarma

21.00hrs Lt. Kannas and Lt. Lahti reported back to the Rgt returning from hospital.

17.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:
Enemy fire activities :

At “Lampi”: 9 pcs 3” shells
At “Tie”: 2 pcs 3” shells
At “2”: 3 pcs 3” shells
At “Etu”: 5 pcs light mortar rds
At “Kämppä”: 7 pcs light mortar rds
At”Hotti”: 12 pcs light mortar rds
Sniper activities detected at Siira road. Lively inf.arms fire at Suokka, “4”, and Niemi

Enemy f.f.work
At “Suunnikas” 15-16hrs f.f.work
At “3” bearing 24-00 chopping at 10.30hrs
At “4” bearing 18-50 working and sound of dog barking at 09.30hrs.

Traffic:
At “Etu”: Engine buzzing at 05.12hrs and 06.58hrs at pt 109 heading bearing 15.00

Our light mortar has fired at Karutjärvi section 13 rds at enemy mortar positions, a fire broke out E of Tukki distance abt.1km. The fire was put out abt 20 min later.
Olsson/Mattila

The regiment received 22 replacements (“Nostomies”), [in German = Landwehr -Leute, tr.rem.] with a seven week training. Most of them are lame: stiff legs, one with osteomyelitis in arm, partly deaf etc. Scary ! (Sic!)

In general the recently received replacements have been posted in logistics duties. Younger men have been transferred from logistics to the front line.

(4)
To be continued.

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Re: Fighting at Tihveri 29/6 -44

Post by Henric Edwards » 06 Mar 2017 20:58

The translator is not lazy at all! :) I'm assuming the logistics men weren't too happy...

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Re: Fighting at Tihveri 29/6 -44

Post by Lotvonen » 07 Mar 2017 07:17

JR4, HQ WD continued.
Diary Tulo 9104

6.8.1944_
05.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:

Enemy fire activities :
At “Puro”: 25 pcs 3”shells
At”Tie”: 6 pcs 3”shells, 4pcs light mortar rds
Ar “Saari”: 4 pcs 3”shells, 6 pcs light mortar rds
At “Etu”: 12 pcs 3”shells,
At “Kämppä”: 8 pcs light mortar rds .
Inf.arms fire more lively than usually at Lampi, Suo and Kannas. .

F.F. Work
At 17.10hrs in front of “Lampi”, bearing 25-00
At 23.15 hrs in front of “Kannas”, bearing 37-00
At 02.50hrs in front of “5” bearing 18-00

Traffic
At 20-24 hrs at Siira road some noise of automobile and tractor, outgoing and incoming
At 22.00hrs at “3” distant engine buzzing bearing 14-00
At 01.30hrs at “Niemi” distant engine buzzing bearing 21-50
At 00.25 at “1” distant engine buzzing bearing 14-00

Patrolling:
Patrol 1+0+2 out from Suo at 22-30-00.05 hrs in the no-man's-land. Detected 2 new sentry posts and auto weapons.
Patrol 1+4+16 out from Etu tried to penetrate the Russki terrain at Kämppä, divided in three sub-patrols. Without result. The terrain was strongly manned. After a firefight the patrol withdrew.
Patrol 1+1+4 from Metsä out at 20.00-03.00 in the no-man's-land. Nothing special.

Our light mortar (I Btn) fired at enemy f.f. worksites in front of Metsä 6 rds.
Olsson/Mattila

Weather has been chilly for the last few days, but it has not rained.

The Sapper Officer reported that the following f.f.works have been carried out on the sector of the Rgt incl. Support line:
MG nests 73 pcs
F.O.O. Places 62pcs
AT gun positions 11 pcs
Dugouts 17 pcs
Saunas 2 pcs
Wire hindrance 9000m
AT hindrance 1300m (existing old)
Corduroy road 780m
Trench 14000m (dug only)
Cleared totally 50 hectars
Thinned 5 hectars

Rgt. Working strength on 6.8.1944:
Front line
I Btn : 23+84+498
II Btn: 18+72+467
III Btn: 17+67+496
K-line:
3/PionP.:2+8+42
Jaeger Platoon /JR4: 1+3+23
14./JR4: 1+2+16

Starting 7.8. all war material shall be collected in front of K line to the objectives by the Sappers of the Sapper Coy and Sapper Btn behind the line.

F.F:work
The quantity of f.f.work tools of the Rgt are still under the defined number except saws. The ground being the rockiest the results are not as excellent as they were at Syväri.
Due to lack of tools the work is carried out in two shifts.

16.10hrs Tel. Message from 8.D. HQ:(by Klaara)
N of Uuksujärvi grouping changes (enemy) .
18.D has been moved from the N side of Suojärvi road to the direction of Korpijärvi and 310.D. from Loimola to Määtänoja, 15 km E. Have you spotted anything that implied this change?
By order Norovuori

17.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:

Enemy fire activities :
At “Tie”: 12 pcs 3” shells
At “1”: 16 pcs 3” shells
At “Etu”: 12 pcs 3” shells
At 08.30hrs at Suo: movement detected, bearing 20-00 Our sniper wounded one enemy.
At 13.30hrs At Saapas: 4 enemies detected, 2 of which were shot with rifles.
At 10.23hrs at Kannas: Three officers moving, bearing 32-00
Olsson/Kurkela

18.00hrs Briefing by Commander.
Present: Majors Holopainen, Hannila and Kivinen
Captains Tenho, Paarma, Vuorenheimo, Aromaa, Seilamo, Luoto, Munsterhjelm,
Lts Pråhl, Poutiainen and Olsson

The Commander read the Order of the day of the C-in-C (struck out: Marshal) for everyone present and ordered everyone to take action as defined in it.
The Commander briefly described the situation, that of ours and that of our neighbours. He ordered that f.f.work must be concentrated in the first line and after that to the support line and the blocking lines. Logistics must be placed so that their dugouts could be of use for the K-line too.
The trenches must be dug to final depth. More foxholes are needed. Camouflaging must be improved. The wire hindrance must be built making use of the trees there.
The dugouts must be built as ordered in the Blue Book PM/44.
Barbed wire must be collected all over the Rgt. Sector.
Work control must be emphasized.
A plan of F.F work must be drawn up.
Discipline must be improved.
Every officer and NCO must wear their insignia.
The Rgt must be on the previous level as to discipline and other matters within a fortnight.
The Commander discussed the remarks made by the Division Logistics CO during his inspection on 4.8.

After the briefing the Commander treated the participants with sandwiches and surrogate coffee.

To be continued.

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Re: Fighting at Tihveri 29/6 -44

Post by Lotvonen » 08 Mar 2017 06:36

JR4, HQ WD continued.
Diary Tulo 9104
(Now field artillery shelling has replaced mortar fire – did return shelling of enemy mortar positions during the past few days have this result ? Tr. Rem.)

7.8.1944_
05.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:

Enemy fire activities :
At “Puro”: 20 pcs 3”shell
At “Lampi”: 10 pcs 3”shell
At “Suo”: 3 pcs 3”shell
At”Tie”: 3 pcs 3”shell
At “1”: 5 pcs 3”shell
At “2”: 14 pcs 3”shell
At “3”: 5 pcs direct fire gun shells, in front of trench
At “6”: 20 pcs 3”shell, in front of trench
At “Niemi”: 8 pcs 3”shells
At “Hyrrä”: 20 pcs 3”shells
Inf.arms fire more lively than usually at Lampi, Suo, tie, 1 and 4.

F.F. Work
At 02.40hrs in front of “Lampi”, bearing 22-00
At 20.00hrs in front of “3” bearing 20-00

Traffic
At 02.50 hrs at “Lampi” engine buzzing bearing 22-00
At 21.50hrs at “1” engine buzzing bearing 16-00
At 22.20hrs at “6” automobile buzzing bearing 14-00
At 22.15hrs at “Niemi” automobile buzzing bearing 18-00
and horse cart clanking

Patrolling:
At ”Metsä” recce patrol in the no-man's-land.
At “Hattu”: - “ -
At “Korko”: - “ -
Nothing special to report.

At 09.25hrs E shore of S-lampi about 100m from our wire 3 Russkies who were repelled by inf.fire. It is likely that 2 of them were killed.
Our light mortar fired 10 rds at an enemy LMG nest that was disturbing our f.f.work in Saapas
One of our men wounded at 01.30 in “Suo” by a rifle bullet.
Olsson/Kurkela

09.40hrs Maj Holopainen reported that one of our Sappers had been killed while demining our own minefield on the sector of I Btn.
13.00-17.00hrs The Commander, Arty CO and Rgt. Officer inspected the K-line Sof Luotojärvi and the supply road of II Btn.

17.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:

Enemy fire activities :
At “1”: 5 pcs 3” shells
At “Niemi”: 11 pcs 3” shells behind the front line
At “Kämppä”: 11 pcs AT gun shells, indirect fire
At “Hyrrä”: 11 pcs AT gun shells, indirect fire
-”- : 14pcs Light mortar rds
Lively inf.arms fire at Suo and “1”.

F.F. Work
At “Kämppä” on the enemy side f.f.work all day.
In fornt of “Metrsä” f.f.work +08-45-15.30hrs. Our light mortar fired 9 rds at them – working ended.

Traffic
At 09.30hrs Cart clanking at Suo bearign 23-00
At 08.30hrs - “ - at Kannas, bearing 25-00

Patrolling (enemy)
At 05.00 it was found in “6” that a 10 man enemy patrol was proceeding to the swamp, distance abt. 500-600m,bearing SE.
At 13.35hrs it was seen that Russki fired 4pcs 3”shells at their own work site in “Kämppä” terrain.
Olsson/Mattila

To be continued.

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Thank you!

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JR4, HQ WD continued.
Diary Tulo 9104

8.8.1944_
05.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:

Enemy fire activities :

At “Suo”: 6 pcs 4”shell
At”Hotti”: 6 pcs light mortar rds, 10 pcs 3”shells
At “Hyrrä”: 7 pcs light mortar rds, 3 men wounded
At Ahvenjärvi section livelyu inf.arms fire, otherwise quiet.

F.F. Work
In front of Saapas all night.
At 21.00hrs Sounds of working between Suunnikas and Sukka
At 23.10hrs f.f.work at “Sukka “terrain. Our light mortar fired 20 rds there
At 02.25hrs Timber cutting in front of “4” bearing 17-00
At 16.00-20.00hrs Timber cutting SE of “Metsä”. Our light mortar fired 23 rds.

Patrolling:
At 19.00-02.15 patrol 1+0+5 from “6” was stalking at a Russki night sentry post in front of “7”. The sentry did not turn up. Sounds of f.f.work until21.00hrs aat pt.100.
At 22.00-03.00hrs patrol 0+1+3 from “Hyrrä” in the no-man's-land. Nothing special to report. Minor enemy movement heard in “3” bearing 17-00 and 24-55 at 23.00hrs and 02.15hrs
At 23.30hrs in front of “4” minor movement.
At 20.00 our new battle forepost. Previous one at “Korko” in the section of I Btn has been moved farther out 500m SE strenght 0+1+10
Olsson/Norovuori

08.00hrs Commander left for briefing by the Div. CO.
08.35hrs 8.D: HQ informed that the new battle forepost in the I Btn section is named no.8
Col.Lt. Saarnio, the CO of 8.D. Logistics inspected with Maj. Kivinen the logistics of III Btn.
Last night 2nd Lt Mäkilä of 10.Coy on his way fron “1” to “Kannas” stepped on a mine in front of “Kannas” and was lightly wounded.

17.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:

Enemy fire activities :
At “Saapas”: 10 pcs 3” shells
At “Tie”: 10 pcs 3” shells
At “Etu”: 20 pcs 3” shells
At “Tukki”: 20 pcs 3” shells

F.F. Work
Qt 10.50-11.30 explosions at Puro bearing 36-50 followed by smoke, same bearing
At 08.47hrs at “Kämppä” bearing 09-00 f.f.work. Our mortar fired 10 rds which ended the work.
E of “Hotti” f.f.work at 14.00hrs. Our light mortar fired 13 rds.

Traffic
At “Lampi” at 05.00hrs bearing 28-00 sounds of automobile and carts.
At “Suunnikas” some Russkies have been moving about
The camo fence at the road bearing 33-00 has been improved and the brushwoood hut at the E end has now been proven to be a weapons nest above ground.
At “ Kannas” at 12.45hrs two Russkies were spotted on a raft on Varpajärvi lake S. Our infantry fired at them, the Russkied dived and swam ashore.
Olsson/Kurkela
15.15hrs Commander returned from the Div.CO briefing, the subject was change in grouping on the 8.D.sector
20.00hrs Briefing by Commander to HQ officers.
Present: Maj.Kivinen,
Captains Paarma and Luoto,
Lts Olsson and Lindman, 2nd Lt. Pynnönen
The subject : next night II/15.Pr. (Lehtonen)shall take over the sector of I/JR45. Having taken over the lines the II/15.Pr. Shall be subjected to JR4. II/15.Pr. Is understrength ( 1 rifle coy + 1 ½ MG platoons)
Lt. Aho reported as transferred to JR4.

To be continued.

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Thank you once more Lotvonen!

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Re: Fighting at Tihveri 29/6 -44

Post by Lotvonen » 10 Mar 2017 15:27

JR4, HQ WD continued.
Diary Tulo 9104

9.8.1944_
05.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:
Enemy fire activities :
At”Puro”: 10 pcs 3”shells
At”Lampi”: 35pcs 3”shells + 6 pcs light mortar rds, far off
At “Suo”: 10 pcs light mortar rds
At”Tie”: 12 pcs 3”shells + 3 pcs light mortar rds,
At “Niemi”: 20 pcs light mortar rds, in front of trench
At Ahvenjärvi section livelyu inf.arms fire, otherwise quiet.

F.F. Work:
At Ahvenjärvi section f.f work all through the line. More troops than usually at work. Our light mortar fired 56 rds as harassment at the works.

Traffic:
Lampi: at 20.25hrs clanking of carts bearing 30-00
Kannas: at 19.05hrs automobile buzzing bearing 32-00
“3”: at 23.00-03.00hrs tractor buzzing bearing 14-00

Patrolling:
At “3” at 24.00hrs enemy 10 an patrol fired at our battle forepost, then withdrew.
Our recce patrol 1+3 out from Puro at 22.15. Was engaged in firefight by a MG about 70m from our wire. The patrol withdrew.
Our stalking patrol was stalking at 18.30-24.00 at an enemy outer sentry post in front of “7”. No result.
Our recce patrol set out at “8” at 21.00hrs, is not back by 04.30hrs
Our counterartillery action with 36 shells
Olsson/Kemmo

08.30hrs Commander left for II Btn to meet Capt. Tenho and also Maj. Hannila, providing them with orientating information on the future grouping changes.
09.15hrs Report form I Btn:Holopainen/Olsson
Between 0700and 0800hrs about 20 Russkies atacked at Etu, they were beaten back.
10.20hrs Report from II/15.Pr:Lehtonen/Olsson
The battalion has received the section at 10.05hrs from I/JR45
10.50hrs The abovementioned reported to 8.D:HQ
Olsson/Koskinen
12.45hrs Commander visited with the Arty CO II/15.Pr, their CO.
Last night 2nd Lt Mäkilä of 10.Coy on his way fron “1” to “Kannas” stepped on a mine in front of “Kannas” and was lightly wounded.

17.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:

Enemy fire activities :
At “Lahti”: 6 pcs light mortar rds
At “Lukko”: 30 pcs 5” shells + 9pcs 3” shells
At “Kivi”: 12 pcs AT gun shells
At “Puro”: 13pcs 3” shells + 5 pcs AT gun shells
At “Saapas”: 9 pcs 3” shells
One man lightly wounded
At “Suo”: 9 pcs 3” shells +12 pcs 50mm mortar rds
At “Tie”: 8 pcs 3” shells
At “Kannas”: 12 pcs light mortar rds
At “Niemi”: 2 pcs light mortar rds
At “Tukki”: 20 pcs 3” shells, in front of trench
At “Metsä”: 15 pcs light mortar rds, in behind the trench
3 pcs light mortar rds, in front of trench
(2 men lightly wounded)

F.F. Work
At 05.30-08.00 f.f.work in Suunnikas and in front of Tie.
E of “Hotti” f.f.work at 14.00hrs. Our light mortar fired 13 rds.

Patrolling

At 07.05enemy patrol comprising about 20 men spotted in front of “Etu”. Repelled by inf.fire.
Olssion/Mattila

20.35hrs Report from III Btn Hannula/Olsson:
Two airmen arrived at our side having erred for two weeks in the enemy rear (Capt. Rauta and 2nd Lt. Volanen)

To be continued.

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JR4, HQ WD continued.
Diary Tulo 9104
Some confusion with the last lines of the previous installation, here corrected:
9.8.1944
20.35hrs Report from II/15.Pr:
18.15hrs recce patrol, 10 men, sent out to the E isthmuses of Onkituslampi
Puikko34/Olsson

10.8.1944_
01.35hrs Report from III Btn Hannula/Olsson:
Two airmen arrived at our side having erred for two weeks in enemy rear (Capt. Rauta and 2nd Lt. Volanen)

05.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:
Enemy fire activities :
At “Lahti”: 20 pcs AT gun shells
At “Kivi”: 20 pcs AT gun shells
At “Puro”: 3pcs 3” shells + 2 pcs light mortar rds
At “1”: 10 pcs 3” shells to the left
2 pcs light mortar rds to the right
At “3”: 10 pcs AT gun shells
At “Hyrrä”: 6 pcs 3” shells + 3 pcs AT gun shells

F.F. Work
F.f work at Ahvenjärvi sector, mostly timber cutting and chopping all night

Traffic
At “Puro” bearing 23-00 at 20.50hrs cart clanking
At “Saapas” bearing 19-00 at 19.35hrs cart clanking

Patrolling
Recce patrol out from “Linna” 20-21hrs, “Egg hill” 500m S of ? Is unmanned.
Recce patrol out from “Kova” to the E isthmius of Onkituslampi and E of it. Found f.f.work
Recce patrol out from “6” at 21.00hrs has not returned yet. Patrol strength Lt. Tanskanen + 6 men.

05.00hrs The airmen who had landed in terrain arrived at the Rgty HQ (“ and had an hour's rest“ overstruck)
08.00hrs 8.D. Attack order no.992/II/201b sal./9.8.44 received. (“Order annexed to the war diary” overstruck.)
09.00hrs Briefing by Commander:
Present Majors Kivinen, Hannula
Captains Tenho, Paarma, Lehtonen, Wuorenheimo, Seilamo, Aromaa, Väisänen (3./Pion.P22), Luoto and Surgeon-Capt. Munsterhjelm
Lieutenants Olsson and Lindman.

The subject of briefing was the matters concerning JR4 and the outfits subjected to us mentioned in the attack order.

In addition to the said order the following:
II/15.Pr shall assemble an attack detachment on their left wing in the terrain SE of Luotolampi, leaving a minimal securing on the W parts of the section. One sapper platoon (of 3./Pion.P.22) shall be subjected to the Btn.
Disengaging to be carried out on 11.8. in the evening.
Coy. Väisänen less two platoons +Rgt. Jaeger platoon + Rgt. Sapper platoon shall relieve the right wing of the section as instructed by Capt. Venho.
The left wing of the section shall be manned by outfits detached from III Btn: One rifle Coy + Jeger platoon + Mortar platoon + 4 Mgs.
The change shall be carried out by 12.8.
Attack grouping:
II/15.Pr. :Behind the main defence line in the terrain SE of Luotolampi
II/JR4 to the left of them, stepped in the rear
Limit: Kiekunlampi NE shore, from there SE .
From Luotolampi 200m NE
From Sulasalmi to the forest line about 500m E to the SW tip of Suurijärvi
All preparations must be completed by 13.8.at 01.00hrs

Attack:
The objective of II/15.Pr is the Rokkalampi-Suurijärvi isthmus plus bridgehead position in the terrain Lomulampi-Suurijärvi.
II/JR4 shall follow immediately to the first mentioned isthmus where they shall turn E and roll the N shore of Varpajärvi up to Siira road and cut off that. As the rolling begins to have effect on the enemies in the positions our troops in their positions must advance to S.
III/JR4 shall distract the enemy in their section by performing a forced prisoner catching.
The same also I Btn on their section.
Artillery fire plan shall be distributed later.
One 120mm mortar shall support the attack at Kiekunlampi terrain.
S.A.as. (or 5.A.as.) (?) shall move at the Harju section road.
Rgt. Command units shall move to the present command post of II/JR4. Communication contacs shall be established to the terrain N of Luotolampi. Tel.switchboard shall be placed there to provide communications with the attacking units.
Attack plans must be sent to the Rgt HQ by 11.8. at 12.00hrs.

10.30hrs Report from 8.DHQ Norovuori/Olsson:
Next night a GHQ long range patrol shall arrive on our side. The Int.detachment shall escort them through the enemy line and our line. The agreed meeting point is the pond “93” N5200, E9610, where the said patrol shall arrive in the night between 23 to 01 hrs. They shall be guided to our side from there.
11.30hrs The abovementioned relayed to LT. Heikkilä.
11.00hrs Order to I Btn:
I Bnt must prepare for a forced recce mission on their section on the night 13.8. Exact time to be announced later. The plan for this must be sent to the Rgt HQ by 20.00hrs. By order Turva4.
Olsson/Siurua
14.30hrs Maj. Ikonen, 15.Pr. Logistics CO and the Surgeon of the Brigade reported to the Commander on matters of logistics.

17.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:

Enemy fire activities :
At “Linna”: 12 pcs 3” shells
At “Kivi”: 6 pcs AT gun shells
At “Kova”: 6 pcs 3” shells
At “Lampi”: 6 pcs light mortar rds
At “Metsä”: 25 pcs 50mm mortar rds,

F.F. Work:
At Ahvenjärvi section f.f work more intense than usually, timber cutting and chopping.
In front of Metsä and Varsi timber cutting in the no-man's land.

Traffic:
Tie: at 20.25hrs clanking of carts bearing 28-00

Patrolling:
At 10 - 00 hrs Recce patrol out from Puro strenght 0+1+3 in the no-man's land. They found that the enemy has set up abatis and cut lines in the forest, made paths and set up observation posts. The patrol found a m/39 rifle on a swamp.
Our light mortar has fired 10 rds at the enemy timber cutting work in front of Saapas.7
Olsson/Norovuori

The weather has become much warmer during the last few days.

22.35hrs Report from II/15.Pr.:Lehtonen/Simelius
2 recce patrols have been out from “Kova” in the no-man's land and they found enemy manning:
NE of Onkituslampi 500-600m at the elevation mark 45. Also Onkituslampi and the small pond isthmuses E of it are manned.

Annexed to the war diary Rgt attack order 215/II/47sal./10.8.44
Appendix no.3B.

To be continued.

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