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Post by Lotvonen » 10 Nov 2019 06:28

Entry 30.7.

05.30hrs Patrol ed by Sr.Sgt. Reunanen reported. They had not found anything special.
08.30hrs Patrol led by Sr.Sgt. Reunanen reported from x=94 y=85. The patrol had detected an old enemy path running on the line to South.
07.30hrs (sic) Tel. Connection with the Btn was established having been cut for 12 hrs. During this time there had not been any contact with the Btn since the radio transmitters were out of order.
17.15hrs Btn order: The Co shall set out for the terrain pt. 215,7. Mortar and MG platoons shall still follow.
19.45hrs WE set out in the same order as before.
Marching route first about 2 ½ km on a path to West. Then a break during which the Platoon leaders were briefed. Immediately hereafter regrouping.
I Platoon on the extreme right, advancing on the right side of the river. To the left, the II Platoon (on the left side of the river), also acting as the leading Platoon, On the extreme left the III Platoon . IV Platoon shall follow the II Platoon, distance 50m. Mortar and MG platoons shall follow the IV Platoon while securing the rear. Then the Coy set out, advancing in the described order, on open double file along the river to South.
After some 2km we were approaching hill 264,9 where the enemy was encountered at 19.45hrs.
After this the Coy fanned out by the order of the CO into a line. I Platoon was still securing the right side of the river.
The enemy fired heavily with two MG s and smaller auto weapons. Our weapons responded the fire and held their positions despite heavy infantry fire. As soon as the line had been formed the Coy CO ordered the MG s and the mortar into position. Soon thereafter they opened a heavy fire strike whereby the enemy firing decreased somewhat. The Btn could not be liaised because the radio set was out of order and the phone had to be left behind due to lack of cable.
The enemy launched in three hours three separate attacks at 2nd Lt. Ailinpieti's platoon trying to break into our positions but they were each time beaten back with heavy fire.

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Re: Translation help

Post by Lotvonen » 13 Nov 2019 06:00

12/12Pr war diary
Entry 31.7.
Weather: still cloudy and light rain at times.
00.15hrs A 4 man patrol led by Cpl. Keränen was sent out to liaise with 1st Coy (Capt. Segerstråhl) to hill 252,7 . During the small hours quite intense inf.arms fire.
A couple of times the enemy attempted with minor force to outflank our positions but they failed in their attempt every time.
01.30hrs Cpl. Keränen's patrol reported. They had not been able to liaise with 1st Coy, instead they had encountered angry firing.
01.45hrs A patrol led by Cpl Jarmiala was sent out to liaise with 1st Coy.
03.15hrs 2nd Lt. Saarela's patrol reported.
The patrol had encountered the enemy less than one km from the jump-off point. They did not succeed in liaising with 1st Coy because the enemy was there and firing intensely.
Still intense firing at the stronghold. The MG platoon carried out constant patrolling to North.
04-06 hrs At times the Russki attacked intensely from South but did not get in our positions.
04.20hrs A patrol led by 2nd Lt. Saarinen was sent out to liaise with 1st Coy.
06.15hrs A strong enemy outfit (about one Coy) outflanked our stronghold, also some broke in between the mortar positions and the actual securing. After a fight that took more than one hour the enemy started retreating back to their jump-off point while some were left behind our stronghold to distract us. No mortar support had been available for a long time since the bombs (some 60pcs) had been spent.
It was found that the enemy pulled back because in addition to about 30 KIA also the outfit commander Maj. Grigorijeff had fallen, he had taken a bullet in his head, and also his young admirer just between our Command post and the mortar position.
06.40hrs 1st Coy was liaised by radio (Capt. Segerstråhle) on hill 252,1. He had been out of reach all night because our radio station had been out of order until now and liaison patrols had failed because there had each time been enemy securing encountering them.
06.45hrs Report by radio from 10th Coy ( Capt. Segerstråhle):
Send patrols to liaise with him on hill 252,1 but this proved to be impossible because we had attempted this several times without result. Only one officer patrol managed to liaise with 10th Coy but they were not able to return.
Also information that we were to retreat to the previous direction, avoiding it to hill 252,1 where 10th Coy found themselves but this route was not a feasible retreating route because the enemy was there.
07.45hrs The situation was somewhat clearer and firing had decreased on both sides.
08.35hrs Coy CO issued order to retreat because ammunition and food had been quite used up. Withdrawal was executed in good order, delaying was taken care of by 2nd Lt. Ailinpieti's platoon who brought with them the 2 patients who had been wounded in this phase. Withdrawal took place to bearing 13-00. All patients were carried with us, there were 9 men. The enemy followed the Coy for another couple of km but was not able to cause any trouble.
10.15hrs We arrived at the line at x=96 y=90,3 where we stopped for about one hour.
Here the Coy CO Lt. Remes set out to liaise with the Battalion via the 1st coy that was but about 1 ½ km S from there. During the entire battle we had not had any liaison with the Battalion before this.
At the same moment returned 2nd Lt Saarelainen's patrol who had been in Capt. Segerstråhle's base for the reason that in the night they had been unable to return to the battlefield where they had been sent out to liaise.
The patrol had attempted twice to return but both times they had been met by fire.

By the order of the (Btn) CO the patients were left on this line and the transport to Jänkäjärvi would be carried out by the 1st Coy. From there boat transport is available. The Coy is to continue their march to the old bivouac area where we started from the day before (terrain x=97 y=85)
10.50hrs We set out along the line first a couple of km North where a path to West crosses this line. From here it was continued to W along the path to the aforementioned bivouac area.

In the battle of Hill 264,9 specially distinguished themselves :
2nd Lt. Ailinpieti, V., and Sr.Sgt. Kekonen, V. Their line did not break even though the enemy tried to break through three times.
Also Pvt. Nurkkala (mortar Coy) during the elimination of the breakthrough.
Also two “propaganda company” men who had been in our company since 28.7.

Casualties of the day:
Fallen men
Pfc. Salmenniemi, Isak, 31.7.42.
Pvt Styrman, Eino, 30.7.42.
-”- Tapani, Eino, 31.7.42.
-”- Virtanen, Ville, -”-
-”- Tilli, Arvi, -”-
Wounded men
Pvt. Laurila, Kaapo, 30.7.42.
Sgt. Salmi, Leo, 31.7.42.
Pvt. Pesonen, Tarmo, -”-
-”- Mannonen, Toivo, -”-
-”- Laukkarinen, Leo, -”-
-”- Merikivi, Akseli, -”-
-”- Nirrenkijärvi, Eero, -”-
-”- Krein, Aale, -”-
-”-Kemi, Toivo, wounded 31.7, (died later)
-”- Tapanainen, Kaarlo, wounded 31.7.42

11.30hrs The Coy arrived at the old bivouac area . The men were soaking wet and tired due to hard rain. Immediately at the bivouac area was set up a decent securing. The Coy was distributed dry food for one day that had been brought with an a/c to the fishermen's hut (ref map P-36-30, x=98 y=90,3) on the 30.7.42. From there on with pack horses. They attempted to bring it to the battlefield but did not get any closer than 1km from it because the enemy had intervened. The food transporters returned to this spot where out Coy finally got the rations.
During the day rest which was very welcome after this arduous mission.

20.30hrs A patrol led by Cpl. Keränen was sent out to a river at pt. X=95 Y=84, tasked to reconnoitre whether the enemy may have withdrawn by this route, crossing the river.

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Re: Translation help

Post by Lotvonen » 16 Nov 2019 06:14

12/12Pr war diary extract

01.08.
Weather: still cloudy and light rain at times.
01.15hrs A patrol led by Cpl. Kirves was sent out to the river x=94 y=13 to find out whether the enemy has crossed this river.
02.00hrs Patrol led by Cpl. Keränen reported, x=95 y=84, they had not found a single trace of the enemy.
05.15hrs Patrol led by Cpl. Kirves returned from the river x=94 y=13 , noghing special found out .
11.30hrs Laison patrol led by Lt. Vierimaa reported, they had found that the enemy had crossed in two locations the river x=94 y=83, and withdrawn to North.
Coy CO immediately reported this to the Btn CO who issued orders to send a patrol at once to follow the track and to harass the enemy withdrawal.
12.30hrs A patrol led by 2nd Lt. Saarela was sent out to liasie with Jaeger Platoon Tuomikoski who found themselves 1500m W of the hill 264,9.
12.45hrs A patrol led by 2nd Lt. Rosenqvist was sent out to the terrain of 277,9 to find out about the enemy.
13.40hrs Battalion ordered: Send a patrol to find out the enemy, their location that was retreating to North.
15.05hrs A patrol led by 2nd Lt Ailinpieti, strength 1+2+13 was sent out tasked to trace the enemy.
16.15hrs Patrol Rosenqvist reported, they had encountered an enemy double sentry post that had pulled back having detected them some 200m to hill 277,9, where the main body of the enemy found themselves, judging by the sounds.
Due to difficult terrain and bad visibility there had been no engagement.
16.45hrs Battalion order: The Coy is to get ready to move on, target Selkjärvi and from there by boats to the cape y=19 x=00. The Mortar and the MG, so far subordinated to our Coy, shall stay in the bivouack area. Also patrols Renqvist and Ailinpieti, the latter not yet back, shall stay. The remaining men shall sweep the battlefield on hill 269.9
17.45hrs The Coy set out for Selkjärvi. March route along the path bearing 15-00.

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Re: Translation help

Post by igor_verh » 22 Nov 2019 15:00

Lotvonen wrote:
16 Nov 2019 06:14
12/12Pr war diary extract
Great thanks, Lotvonen!
War diary has some differences from the Tikkanen's book about those days, for example, there is no any mentions about ambush, when soldiers from Remes CO killed 22 partisans on swamp.

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Re: Translation help

Post by Mangrove » 22 Nov 2019 18:13

igor_verh wrote:
22 Nov 2019 15:00
War diary has some differences from the Tikkanen's book about those days, for example, there is no any mentions about ambush, when soldiers from Remes CO killed 22 partisans on swamp.
Tikkanen's books are classified as novels in Finland. He is also known to remove passages when (rarely) quoting primary documents. For example, he removed the word "kenttäsairaala" (field hospital) from a report of destroyed buildings at Petrovski Jam/Petrovskiy Yam on his book "Sissi-isku huoltokeskukseen".

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Re: Translation help

Post by Mattias » 25 Jan 2020 19:43

Hi all,

I would be very thankful if someone would like to help me with translation from a war diary that I found on http://digi.narc.fi.

I'm attaching a picture with the text I have in mind (18th and 19th of August - 1941)

I'm trying to find out what happened with a relative. He was a member of Linnoitusrakennuspataljoona SAK - 4 (lin.rp/sak 4). I know that he died in Uhtua during the 18th of august - 1941 but I have no further details. Maybe the text will tell me more...?

Thanks in advance!
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Re: Translation help

Post by peeved » 25 Jan 2020 20:49

"18/8-41 Russki patrol murdered construction foreman Anttila from II Company. We took part in the search for the patrol without result.

19/8-41 Received 14 men as replacements but despite repeated requests no work supervision or vehicle replacement have been forthcoming."

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Re: Translation help

Post by Mattias » 26 Jan 2020 06:41

Thanks a lot, Markus.

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Re: Translation help

Post by Lotvonen » 26 Jan 2020 06:58

Personal data available online in case you did not yet find it out:

Sukunimi :Anttila [1]
Etunimet :Otto [1]
Syntynyt 13.05.1884 [1]
Syntymäkunta Sippola [1]
Kotikunta Viipurin mlk [1]
Asuinkunta Viipurin mlk [1]
Kansalaisuus Suomi [1]
Kansallisuus Suomi [1]
Äidinkieli Suomi [1]
Marital status Naimisissa [married]
Profession rakennusmestari [Construction forman]
Military grade Sotilasvirkamies [1]
Unit Linnoitusrakennuspataljoona SAK 4 [1]
Kuolintiedot
Kuolinpäivä 18.08.1941 [1]
Kuolinpaikka Uhtua [1]
Kuolinsyy Kaatui, ruumis evakuoitu ja haudattu [Fallen in action, body evacuated and buried ]
Place of burial Anjalankoski [1]
Cemetery Kouvola, Sippolan kirkko [1]
Grave no. 57 [1]

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Re: Translation help

Post by Mattias » 27 Jan 2020 10:38

I had that info since before, thanks anyway!

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Re: Translation help

Post by Juha Tompuri » 07 Apr 2020 21:04

From Sippola.

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