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Re: Fighting at Tihveri 29/6 -44

Post by Henric Edwards » 30 Mar 2017 23:41

Thanks Lotvonen!

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Re: Fighting at Tihveri 29/6 -44

Post by Lotvonen » 31 Mar 2017 05:34

JR4, HQ WD continued.
Diary Tulo 9104

29.8.1944_

05.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:
Enemy fire activities :
At “Puro”: 22 pcs light mortar rds
At “Kala”: 6 -”-
At “3”: 6 pcs 3” shells

F.f.work
At “Puro”: Chopping, bearing 27-00
At “Saapas”: F.f. Work in a dead corner bearing 31-50 . Our mortar fired 11 rds.
At “Lampi” : Chopping , distance abt. 500m.
At “Suo”: Bearing 25-00 and 21-00 f.f.work
At “Tie”: Bearing 32-00 f.f.work, distance 300m

Traffic:
At “Tie”: automobile buzzing on the Siira road, 18.50hrs.
- “- Cart clanking bearing 29-00

Patrolling:
At “Etu”: Patrol Hintikka 1+1+1 23.30-00.30.
Found enemy manning in the terrain S of “Etu”.
At “Metsä”: Patrol Lahtinen 1+1+3 set out at 02.30hrs. Not yet back.
At “Varsi”: Patrol Hartikainen 1+3 ou at 02.00hrs. Not yet back.

Propaganda:
Propaganda transmission in front of “Puro”. Subject as before.
Propaganda transmission in front of “Lampi” three tims. Subject as before.
Siro/Kurkela

10.30hrs Reconnaisance order to Intelligence Detachment:
Patrol no.1, Sgt. Pietilä +2 shall reconnoitre the terrain Metsoinlampi-PRajaselkä-pt.123-Patalampikangas. Must reconnoitre the road connection from pt 117 to the road at pt119-123
Patrol no.2, Pvt. Koskinen +2 shall reconnoitre the terrains W and S of Haahkajärvi. Shall observe the road traffic.
Patrol no.3, Cpl. Gustafsson +2 shall reconnoitre the terrains of Mustalampi, Joutsenjärvi, S of Mustalampi and possible road connections. The patrol shall also reconnoitre the traffic on the Siira road and the lodgings next to the road.
The patrols shall set out togeter on 29.8.at 21.00 hrs. They shall part not until in the enemy rear. Return on 1.9.in the morning together. Rallying point E shore of Metsoinlampi at 00.00-01.30hrs. Password Antti-Kustu.
12.10hrs The abovementioned reported to Este4.
Olsson/Kemmo

13.00hrs Maj. Holopainen inspecting the section of III Btn.

17.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:
At “Tie”: 8 pcs 3” shells and 18 pcs 6” shells
At “1”: 12 pcs 3” shells in the rear, N of Valkamajärvi
At “3”: 20 pcs 6” shells in the rear.

F.F. Work:
In front of Ahvenjärvi section f.f.work all day. Two explosions in “Suunnikas”
At “3”: Bearing 39-00 a 10 to 20 man work team digging and cutting timber
In front of “Metsä” bearing 13-00 chopping and timber cutting 11.00-12.00hrs
At “7”: Bearing 10-00 Digging all day.

Traffic:
at 10.30hrs automobile buzzing on Siira road, also cart clanking
at 05.00-06.00hrs cart clanking in Suunnikas.
At “Tie”: bearing 27-00 automobile buzzing, distance abt 500m, at 06.10hrs.

Our sniper has made one confirmed kill.

Olsson/Ränkipohja

17.30hrs Maj. Holopainen visiting I Btn to distribute decorations for distinguished men

To be continued.

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Re: Fighting at Tihveri 29/6 -44

Post by Lotvonen » 01 Apr 2017 05:53

JR4, HQ WD continued.
Diary Tulo 9104

30.8.1944_

05.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:
Enemy fire activities :
At “Tie”: 5 pcs light mortar rds, 19 pcs 3” shells, 17 pcs 5” shells
At “Suo”: Extremely intense inf.fire.
At “3”: 6 pcs 3” shells

F.f.work
All through the front of Ahvenjärvi section f.f.work, e.g. 2 explosions in Suunnikas.
Our mortar fired 11 rds at an enemy f.f.worksite in front of “Saapas”

Propaganda:
At 22.10 and 03.25 propaganda transmission in front of “Tie”. War news and exhortations to surrender. Bad audio.

Patrolling:
Two recce patrols reconnoited the Etu promontory, found to be unmanned.
Recce patrol from “Varsi” 0+1+3 found dense securing E of it.
Ar 02.30hrs patrol to no-man's-land set out from “Hotti”. Did not return yet.

At “Etu”: Patrol Hintikka 1+1+1 23.30-00.30.
Found enemy manning in the terrain S of “Etu”.
At “Metsä”: Patrol Lahtinen 1+1+3 set out at 02.30hrs. Not yet back.
At “Varsi”: Patrol Hartikainen 1+3 ou at 02.00hrs. Not yet back.
At 22.00hrs a recce patrol (Int. det.) set out from “5” 0+2+7. The patrol hit an enemy pipe mine on the pt 110 ridge whereby 8 men were wounded, 2 of which badly.
Olsson/Koskinen

As our patrol hit a mine last night they left behind due to confusion 2pcs of “Suomi” SMGs.

17.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:
Enemy fire activities:
At “Karhu I”: 8 pcs 3” shells

F.F. Work:
In front of Ahvenjärvi section f.f.work all day.

Traffic:
at “Tie” 08.00hrs automobile buzzing bearing 24-10
Siro/Vermola

12.30hrs The Commander visiting II Btn. He informed that the D. had approved the suggested plan to catch a prisoner.

31.8.1944_
05.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:
Enemy fire activities :
At “Niemi”: 8 pcs 3” shells
At “Tukki”: 10 pcs 3” shells + 3 pcs light mortar rds
At “Metsä”: 12 pcs 3” shells

F.F. Work:
In front of “Saapas” and “Tie” f.f.working.

Patrolling:
At “Etu”: Patrol Leppänen 2+2+11 atr 23.00-04.30hrs on a stalking mission at SW corner of “Etu” . No result
Siro/Kurkela

Our veterinarian reports:
At the moment the number of the Rgt horses is 384 (should be 387) . The conditon of the horses is satisfactory, however in some outfits the condition is not so good due to the low energy content of the local hay. To remedy the situatin the D. has promised to distribute a full ration of (fodder) cellulose for every horse.
Health care has been satisfactory, shoeing and lodging likewise. Dugouts for 2 to 4 horses are to be built.
Harness are in satisfactory condition. There is some shortage of brushes, currycombs, pails and halters. There is enough of local hay for about one week. Daily about 12 000kg shall be transported by lorries from Suistamo. Veterinarian personnel has been changed. Younger ones have been shifted to the front, replaced by older men.

17.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:
Enemy fire activities:
At “Lampi”: 4 pcs 3” shells
At “Metsä”: 20 pcs light mortar rds
- “ - 21 pcs 3” shells

F.F. Work:
In front of “Saapas”, “Lampi” and “Tie” f.f.work .

Traffic:
at Siira road cart clanking and automobile buzzing .
Olsson/Kurkela

To be continued.

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Re: Fighting at Tihveri 29/6 -44

Post by Henric Edwards » 01 Apr 2017 19:54

Thank you!

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Re: Fighting at Tihveri 29/6 -44

Post by Lotvonen » 02 Apr 2017 05:27

JR4, HQ WD continued.
Diary Tulo 9104

31.8.1944_
20.00hrs Prisoner catching planned for the next night on the II Btn sector has been delayed for now due to clear weather.

1.9.1944_

05.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:
Enemy fire activities :
At “Saapas”: 4 pcs 3” shells
At “Lampi”: 6 pcs 3” shells
At “Tie ”: 9 + 3pcslight morter rds.
Intense inf.arms fire at Tie 21-23hrs
At Siili fields 10pcs 3” shells ( in the rear)

F.f.work
Before midnight all through the front of Ahvenjärvi section f.f.work,
In front of “Saapas” explosions at 19.454hrs.

Traffic
Siira road, engine buzzing at 19.25hrs .
In front of “Saapas” cart clanking 02,30-03.30hrs

Propaganda:
Loudspeaker transmission in front of “Tie” at 02.00-02.20hrs. Bad audio. War news and exhortations to surrender.

Our mortar has fired 10 rds at enemy LMGs in front of “Tie” disturbing our f.f.work.

Patrolling:
Patrol 1+0+3 out from “5” to no-man's-land. The enemy has improved their securing and they are alert.

Olsson/Kurkela

17.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:
Fire activities:
At “Lampi”: 3 pcs light mortar rds
At “Niemi”: 9 pcs light mortar rds
At “Metsä” our sniper got a Russian on 31.8.

F.F. Work:
In front of “lampi”, “Suo” and “Metsä” f.f.work .

Traffic:
At “Saapas”: cart clanking bearing 23-10
at “Suo”: - “ - bearing 27-25
- “ - automobile buzzing bearing 30-50
Olsson/Vermala

At noon rain for 2hrs 10 min. _In every respect unpleasant coldish weather.

Casualties caused by JT4 to the enemy during period 14.8. - 29.8.1944
Date* Section *Enemy unit*KIA* POW * War booty*Destroyed material
16.8_*Karutjärvi*215.TkkP* 40 *1 * 1 LMG* 2 MG, 2 LMG
17.8._* - “- * - ” - * 4 * – * – * --* -
25.8._* - “ - * - ” - * 1 * – * – * – * --
26.8._* - ” - * - “ - * 2 * – * – * ---* --
26.8._* - “ - * ? * 2 * – * 2 SMG * --
28.8._*Ahvenjärvi* ? * 30 * – * – * --*
Total 74 KIA, 1 POW, captured 1 LMG, 2 SMG,destroyed 2 MG, 2 LMG

Annexed to the diary set of maps 1:20000 covering Varpajärvi sector with the enemy grouping on 1.9.44 Appx. no. 44

To be continued.

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Re: Fighting at Tihveri 29/6 -44

Post by Henric Edwards » 02 Apr 2017 08:46

Almost at the end of the war now. Many thanks Lotvonen! So very interesting to be able to read this.

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Re: Fighting at Tihveri 29/6 -44

Post by Lotvonen » 03 Apr 2017 05:23

JR4, HQ WD continued.
Diary Tulo 9104

2.9.1944_

05.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:
Enemy fire activities :
None.

F.f.work
In front of “1”, “Puro”, and “Saapas” on f.f.work

Patrolling
“Tie”: at 02.20hrs patrol 1+3+23. Having reached the Russki wire two men hit a minefield. The attept failed utterly and the patrol returned
“Tukki”: 02.30hrs Patrol Määttä 1+2. Recce task. Did not return .
Siro/Vermala

12.00hrs A.C. Loudspeaker truck arrived at the Rgt sector to transmit at the Siira road with loudspeaker. Included also 20 propaganda projectiles.

14.30hrs Lt. Kärkölä, messenger officer of I/15.Pr. Contacted to co-ordinate their prisoner catching operations in the terrain N of Uuksujoki. The intention is to send their patrol via Karutjärvi section.

(Overstruck chapter below: The planned prisoner catching operation for last night on the sector of II Btn shall be carried out next night. For that purpose Sappers from the Engineer Platoon of the Rgt were ordered to demining duty.)

Weather has been varying.

(unspecificed) Situation report to 8.D HQ:
Fire activities:
At “Lampi”: 10 pcs 3” shells
At “Suo”: 4 pcs -”-
At “Tie”: 4 pcs light mortar rds
At “8” : 10 pcs 3” shells
At “Metsä” 7 pcs light mortar rds
Our light mortar fired 5 rds in front of “Suo” at an auto weapon disturbing our f.f.work

F.F. Work:
In front of “Suo” and “Tie” timber chopping and two explosions.
At Maaselkä terrain f.f.works .

Olsson/Kurkela

To be continued.

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Re: Fighting at Tihveri 29/6 -44

Post by Henric Edwards » 03 Apr 2017 19:09

Thanks again!

Määtäs patrol, did not return as in MIA? I guess 3/9 entry will tell. :)

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Re: Fighting at Tihveri 29/6 -44

Post by Lotvonen » 04 Apr 2017 05:48

JR4, HQ WD continued.
Diary Tulo 9104

3.9.1944_

05.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:
Enemy fire activities :
At “Puro”: 8 pcs 3” shells
At “Lampi”: 7 pcs light mortar rds
At “Suo”: 12 pcs 3” shells
At “Tie”: 16 pcs 3” shells
At “8” : 10 pcs 3” shells
At “1”:
At “Tukki” 11 pcs 3” and 20 pcs 5” shells + 27 light mortar rds
One Pvt. Wounded
2nd Lt. Kokkila badly wounded in neck by a rifle bullet. (Sniper? tr.rem.)

Traffic
At 19.06hrs at Siira road cart clanking

Propaganda:
Enemy propaganda transmission atr 20.45hrs in front of “Suo”. Programme as previously.
Our loudspeaker transmission at Siira road at 22.00hrs

(In the margin: Annexed to the diary a map 1:20000 on Varpajärvi sector describing all f.f.work done on the sector, appx.no.45)
F.f.work
In front of “1”, “Puro”, and “Saapas” on f.f.work

Patrolling
Our patrol in no-man's land out from “Tukki” at 21.00-03.00hrs, 1+1+5
Enemy light trap went off in front of “Saapas” at 03.05hrs
Olsson/Ränkipohja

Arty int.off. 2nd Lt Eklund reported that today Kev.Psto18 shall start moving away from the sector of the Rgt about S somewhere and Rask.Psto20 shall take over their positions and tasks.

13.00hrs Maj.Holopainen and Capt. Luoto inspecting the completed training course for the replacements in the Boy Scouts camp

17.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:
Fire activities:
At “3” : 4 pcs 3” shells
At “Niemi” and “Rosvo”: 16 pcs 3” shells + 5 AT gun shells
At “Tukki”: 27 pcs 3” shells
At “Metsä”: 2 pcs 3” shells

In front of “Saapas” and “Suo” all day f.f.work
Olsson/Vermala

(In the margin: Annexed to the diary a transparent describing the patrolling on Varpajärvi sector, period 24.7.-11.8.44 appx.no.46, period 27.7.-30.9.44 appx.no.47).

18.00hrs The loudspeaker truck on the Rgt. Sector receved orders to return to their Coy as their programme is not applicable in the presentr situation. Also the firing of propaganda projectiles was forbidden.

19.05hrs Order from 8.D. HQ:
One platoon (Pullo) of 18.Krh.K. Shall be withdrawn from the line and move away according to the instructions of the D.
Col.Lt. Pietarinen/Maj. Holopainen

Due to the aforementioned 13.Coy shall occupy the observation post of Pullo and aims the tubes (I/13.Coy) at the targets.

II/18.Krh.K. Received orders from Capt. Wuorenheimo to move to the crossroads at Kytöinjärvi from where the D. shall organise truck transport.

22.00hrs 8.D.HQ informed that if any exceptional distinghuised service has occurred during the day, the men can be listed for suggested decorations in the 17.30hrs situation report. (Big “?” in the margin!)
Mattila/Olsson

To be continued.

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Re: Fighting at Tihveri 29/6 -44

Post by Lotvonen » 05 Apr 2017 06:09

JR4, HQ WD continued.
Diary Tulo 9104

4.9.1944_

03.50hrs order from 8.D:HQ:
Hostilities to be ceased at 07.00hrs
Col.Lt. Pietarinen/Maj. Holopainen
ARMISTICE !

04.28hrs Tel. Message from 1400:
1400 tel. msg. no. 1770/III/201b/49
Hostilities shall be ceased on 4.9. at 07.00hrs
Troops shall stay in present positions.
Ordered replacements shall be carried out.
Any action directed agaisnt the enemy and firing with all weapons shall be ceased.
By order : Estr 9
Mattila/Olsson
04.40hrs relayed to III Btn
Olsson/Tanskanen
04.44hrs relayed to I Btn
Olsson/Salonen
04.50hrs relayed to II Btn
Olsson/Pfc. Lehtinen

05.00hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:
Enemy fire activities :
Continuour f.f.work in front of Ahvenjärvi sectkon
At “Tukki” 5 pcs 3” shells

07.55hrs Capt Tenho (IIIBtn.) reported that “Russki does not take seriously “ the story of armistice because at the moment they are blazing away at our section with several batteries. No damage happened.

08.08hrs Russki fired his last shells at Varpajärvi section. About 4 batteries participated in this “finale”
Tenho/Holopainen
This reported directly to AC HQ.
Holopainen/Rajas

08.35hrs Report from II Btn:
Enemy fired 70 shells with three 3” batteries and one mortar at 07.50-08.08hrs. Enemy inf. Arms fire still going on (About 20 shells in the rear)
This reported directly to 8.D HQ.
Olsson/Kurkela

08.50hrs Report from I Btn:
Enemy fired with light mortar 15 rds in front of “Hyrrä” at 08.40hrs!!!
F.F. Work going on in front of I Btn section.
Salonen/Olsson
(margin remark: Extraordinary!)
This reported directly to 8.D HQ.
Olsson/Ränkipohja

09.00hrs Report from IIIBtn:
At 08.46hrs enemy fired with light mortar 14 rds at Battle forepost “2” !!
Tanskanen/Olsson

09.10hrs Order to Battalions:
It is not allowed to fire any weapon at the enemy.

08.14hrs An artilleryman was killed by a shell splinter at Luotojärvi terrain.

09.45hrs Having enquired about the situation of JR45 they reported that the enemy ceased all fire at 07.00hrs
(Annexed to the diary JR4 TT report period 16.8.-31.8.44, appx. no.48)

09.35hrs Capt Tenho reoprted that the enemy is firing with infantry arms more than usually!!!

10.30hrs Firing goes on at Varpajärvi section !

This day of “armistice” started rainy and gloomy. Our dugout is leaking considerably, our new, handsome, much renowned dugout.
Else the new armistice appears to be rather odd. Does the Soviet Army terminology differ this much from ours?
Maybe we shall get an answer soon. At the moment Russki is firing at us furiously. We are gentlemen!!! We do not respond to firing.

11.48hrs Capt. Tenho reported that Russki started at 11.20 hrs a very intense artillery and mortar barrage that ended 11.45hrs. Russki fired several hundreds of shells (500 to 1000 pcs)
Tenho/Olsson

11.35hrs Report from III Btn:
10 pcs 3” shells between “3” and “4”.
At 11.50hrs 8 pcs light mortar rds behind “3”
Tanskanen/Olsson

11.58hrs the said shelling reported to 8.D HQ
Olsson/Ränkipohja

12.10hrs Report from I Btn:
At 11.30hrs 25 pcs 3” shells at Tukki
At 11.50hrs 8 pcs - “ -
Also infantry fire at the same time.
Laakso/Olsson

13.00hrs Report from II Btn:
At 11.45hrs Russki fired about 200 shells with artillery and mortars at Ahvenjärvi section. It has been estimated that after the armistice they have taken in about 1200 shells and more are incoming continuously.
13.02hrs Reported this to 8.D HQ.
Olsson/Kurkela

14.30hrs Capt. Tenho reoprted that artillery and mortar barrages are continuing with previous intensity.

17.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:
At Ahvenjärvi section enemy has fired about 1300 shells at 07.55-16.00hrs as follows:
“Puro “ 400 shells
“Lampi” 200 -”-
“Suo” 100 -”-
“Tie” 500 -”-
In the rear 100 shells
Firing periods 07.55-08.08, 12.00-12.15, and 14.00- 14.10
Constant mortar fire all day.

“1” at 07.50hrs 4 pcs 5” shells
-”- 14 pcs light mortar rds
“2” at 11.35hrs 11 pcs -”-
“3” at 11.50hrs 9 pcs -”-
“7” at 12.01hrs 1 pc -”-
“Etu” at 11.00-12.00hrs 10 pcs 3” shells
-”- at 11.30-14.00hrs 100 pcs -”- + 200 pcsl light mortar rds + AT gun
-”- at 16.00hrs 50 pcs 3” shells, wounded men
“Hattu”, “Halli” and “Hyrrä”: at 08.30-12.00hrs 50 pcs 3” shells + 50 pcs light mortar rds.

At the III Btn sector after 07.55hrs a total of 1819 shells. F.f. Work on enemy side has been going on all morning at Rajaselkä and in front of Ahvenjärvi.
At 16.16hrs an enemy whistled in front of “Tie” whereafter one of their officers shouted:
” Do not shoot! We have learned not until at 16.00hrs that a ceasefire has been made. “
Next two Russians tried to come over to us but one of them hit a mine of their own. Paramedics took him away, and the other one left, too. Exhortations to come over for a cigarette.

Ahvenjärvi section is calm but Karutjärvi section is still in action.

Olsson/Kurkela

18.00hrs Three Russians came to our wire at “Etu”. Our men shouted at them in Russian “come here” whereby the Russians ran away, then turned and opened fire with their SMGs, and then they ran again.
Salonen/Olsson

19.00hrs Report to 8.D HQ:
“Tukki” was strafed at 16.30hrs with artillery and mortars, 3 privates KIA and 0+1+4 WOA.
Olsson/Kurkela

18.120hrs (sic!) I Btn sector now calm.

19.30hrs report from II Btn:
Russians have entered no-man's land, e.g. one Finnish speaking Sr.Lt who much regretted this breach of truce. He told that his wireless was out of ordser and they had not received any orders from their superiors. In the morning they had seen how our lads had thrown their caps, they shouted and fired flares. This they interpreted as preparation to attack and therefore they launched barrages. The same Sr.Lt told that he knew that we did not start the war at our volition but were forced by Germany.
In front of “Suo” Russians removed the row charge at our fire, installed 29.8. , not fired off.
Marttinen/Olsson

20.30hrs Report from III Btn:
At 19.00hrs Russian fired 9 pcs 3” shells in the swamp to the right of “Niemi”. At 19.05 the same quantity and caliber.
Tanskanen/Olsson
This shelling reported to 8.D HQ.
Olsson/Ränkipohja
20.10hrs Tel. Msg no.4998/1085/III/213 4.9.44 received from 1400 :
Due to the unclear situation the following action to be taken during darkness:
Guarding must be intensified and every sentry post must be double manned. The strongholds must set a constant duty of officers and NCOs. Interpreters must be posrted in the strongholds. Flare gun use is allowed. Every incident should be dealt with in a peaceful manner. Fire can be opened only by permission of an officer in a really threatening situation during enemy attack
By order Este 9.

21.00hrs the abovementioned informed to the Btns.
Luoto/Salonen, Marttinen, Tanskanen
24.00hrs Tel.msg fromn 8.D HQ:
Since the situation is at the moment so unclear it is advised to take prisoners to gain information of the odd situation. No violent attempts, however.

To be continued for one day at least .

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Re: Fighting at Tihveri 29/6 -44

Post by Henric Edwards » 05 Apr 2017 18:59

Fantastic job Lotvonen! And I got an e-mail from the Arkisto today. They will copy and send the personnel listing for 9./JR4 in a while. Really happy and grateful for all your help!

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Re: Fighting at Tihveri 29/6 -44

Post by Lotvonen » 06 Apr 2017 05:28

JR4, HQ WD continued.
Diary Tulo 9104

5.9.1944_

10.00hrs Maj. Holopainen reported to Col.Lt. Pietarinen that yesterday three men had gone over to Russian side from 6.Coy at 17.00hrs. Another three men from 10.Coy at 19.30hrs. At the same time, likely with the aforementioned men, three artillerymen from battle forepost “1”.
The men are:
6.Coy: Cpl. Tiihonen
Pvt. Lindström
Pvt. Nyholm
10.Coy : Pfc. Heikkonen
Pvt. Mäkinen
Pvt. Tuomikallio
II/KTR11: Pfc. Roos
Gunner Suomela
- “ - Merikallio

05.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:
Enemy fire activities :
At “Puro”: 22.50-00.30hrs 3” and mortar 90 rds
- “ -01.00-02.35hrs 3” and mortar 130 rds
At “Saapas”: 22.15hrs 3” 40 rds and in the rear30 rds
At “Tie”:23.33hrs 3” and mortar 50 rds
- “ - 01.00hrs 3” and mortar 12 rds
Low intensity inf.arms fire all through the front line

Russki fired at Kaukojärvi section about 20 shells per hour. No concentrated objective. At the moment low intensity inf.fire. No movement detected.
At “Etu”: 02.00-04.00hrs 3” 20 shells
At “Metsä”: 21.30 3” about 30 shells
“- 02.00-04.30hrs 3” about 150 shells
At “Hyrrä” : 02.00-04.30hrs light mortar 30rds
Somewhere in distance at 04.00hrs “uraa” shouts
at “Suo”: 21.39hrs bearing 20-00 explosion
1NCO + 2 men went over to enemy side at “Tie”at 17.00hrs without returning
Siro/Koskinen

Since the start of the armistice a total of 2569 shells have been fired at our sector. Our losses include at the same period 3 KIA and 5 WIA.

12.00hrs Yellow ID markingsd are removed from Finnish aircraft. Swastikas only remain.

12.00hrs A detachment was sent from the D. to negotiate with the Russians, including Lt. Palotie, 2nd LT. Vermola and Mil. Official Tuominen. Negotiation took place in no-man's land at Siira road. The detachment was joined by Lt. Olsson and Lt. Vaulo of the Rgt. HQ. In no-man's land Lt. Vaulo hit a mine and was killed instantly. Mil. Official Tuominen was badly wounded.
In no-man's land at 12.30 hrs the negotiation detachment was met by a (Soviet ) stronghold commander who instructed the detachment to proceed to the local Btn. HQ where the negotiation took place. In the Btn. HQ the negotiation was led by the Btn. CO political deputy, a Major.
The negotiatiors include the said Major, Btn. CO, a Captain, Lt. Olsson and 2nd Lt. Vermala. Our representatives asked for the return of the men who went over yesterday. It was not accepted because yesterday the Russians still were in the state of war. Only today had they received orders to end hostilities on 5.9.at 08.00hrs. The “defectors” are considered POWs. The Politruk-Major said that Finns did not fire since 4.9, 08.00hrs. The temporary truce yesterday was due to the private initiative of local stronghold commanders. During the night they had received orders to continue hostilities. The officers told that they had against them JR4 of 8.D. and a MG battalion.
The Btn. HQ was situated S of Varpaoja W of the road in small dugouts. The reception was military and negotiations totally official. Our men were dealt with without reproach. Our detachment returned to “3” at 15.00hrs escorted by a Russian officer.

15.15hrs Order from 8.D HQ:
All training courses to be ended.
Ränkipohja/Siro

17.30hrs Order from 8.D HQ:
The strongholds must keep a man on duty round the clock.
Any kind of contact with Russians is strictly prohibited.
No entry in no-man's land without the permit of the stronghold CO
Ränkipohja/Olsson

18.00hrs the abovementioned informed to the Btns.
Luoto/Salonen, Marttinen, Tanskanen

18.30hrs Maj. Mattila was allowed to pull the battle foreposts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5A and 6 to the line Uomaslampi - Kiimajärvi

To be continued once more.

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Re: Fighting at Tihveri 29/6 -44

Post by Henric Edwards » 06 Apr 2017 19:47

Quite a number of shells fired after the Finns were told to cease hostilities. Thanks!

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Re: Fighting at Tihveri 29/6 -44

Post by Lotvonen » 07 Apr 2017 05:10

JR4, HQ WD continued.
Diary Tulo 9104

6.9.1944_

05.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:
Nothing special
Siro/Ränkipohja

06.00hrs Col. Simelius returned from furlough and at 08.00hrs took over the duties of CO from Maj. Holopainen.

10.00hrs Maj. Holopainen took over the duties of I Btn CO from Capt. Laakso.

11.00hrs The training courses for replacement men in the Boy Scout camp were ended.
Capt. Kannas/Col. Simelius.

Today Capt.Pöntys. Lt. Ravio and from the D. Capt. Koskinen left for a planning task somewhere in Kitee. (Arms cache activities maybe? Tr.rem.)

17.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:
At “Saapas” 15.00hrs explosion in front
“Tie”: at 10.30hrs 2 Russians hit a mine at the same spot as Lt. Vaulo yesterday
At 13.20hrs Explosion in Russian side
At 13.30hrs - “ -
Russians informed that they are demining a minefield .
Siro/Kurkela

Order issued today: Cartridges must be removed from rifles and other weapons as well.

Maj.Hannula is allowed to pull back his battle foreposts.

24.00hrs Lt. Olsson (Int. off.) left for furlough.

7.9.44_
05.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:
Incomplete report
Siro/Vermala

06.00hrs Rask.Psto.21has been shifted off from the sector of the Rgty

17.30hrs Situation report to 8.D HQ:
Incomplete
Siro/Mattila
(Appendix to the diary: Stereo analysis of the Varpajärvi section at Siira road, Appx.no.49)

End of diary.

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