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Post by Juha Hujanen » 20 May 2005 19:06

That was fast one :o

#2 is quite correct in his answer.

The ice road was opened 17.2.40 and traffic continued to 25.3.40.Allthoug the importance of that road was quite small,it however delivered some much needed at-gunns and ammunition.The moral effect was something to be recon also.Hatts off for brave drivers who did drove upon tricky ice.

Over to you Juha!

Ps.Here's a sample of Kari Suomalainen's art.It's a drawing of reservist who did join Finnish army with Kari in spring 40.Uniforms were in short supply and many men came with their own gear.This character was with:

-Felt hat with cockade
-"Skeleton" jacket m/22 of cavalry
-"Millionaire" trousers with stripes
-Military boots

It was said that he was quite a sight.I belive.
The pic is from KT 4/77.

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Post by Juha Tompuri » 20 May 2005 21:49

Thanks Juha,

That book name once came out when I checked the right spelling of Kvarken from the net.
New one, What was AV 45?

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Post by Benny C. » 21 May 2005 06:22

Was is a type of torpedo used by the Soviets?

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Post by Juha Tompuri » 21 May 2005 07:39

Hi Benny,

Benny C. wrote:Was is a type of torpedo used by the Soviets?
As far as I Know not, but if you have other information, please enlight me :)
In any case it's got something to do with naval warfare.

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Post by Tom Houlihan » 21 May 2005 08:32

The radio station in Kronstadt began to send codeword "FAKEL" on 30 November at 00.58. This was repeated through the whole red navy. On the sea front war began at 07.45 by aerial and naval bombardment of the outer islands. The personnel of Lavansaari Coast Guard station tried to escape to Someri, but their motor boat AV 45 was sunk by a Soviet destroyer. All four men lost their lives.


A Coast Guard motorboat?

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Post by Juha Tompuri » 21 May 2005 11:13

Tom wrote:
The radio station in Kronstadt began to send codeword "FAKEL" on 30 November at 00.58. This was repeated through the whole red navy. On the sea front war began at 07.45 by aerial and naval bombardment of the outer islands. The personnel of Lavansaari Coast Guard station tried to escape to Someri, but their motor boat AV 45 was sunk by a Soviet destroyer. All four men lost their lives.


A Coast Guard motorboat?

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http://users.tkk.fi/~jaromaa/Navygaller ... winter.htm
Corrcet Tom,
IIRC you are the first non-Finnish speaking winner here! Congratulations!
Matti E. Mäkelä writes in his book "Miehiä Merellä" (Men at Sea) that the Coast Guard personel were ordered to stay at the island that long that they could report about the possible Soviet invasion. They obeyed the order, and left the island after sending a radio message:
"The Russians are entering the island ,
we will not surrender,
goodbye"

Over to USA

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Post by Tom Houlihan » 21 May 2005 11:39

Juha Tompuri wrote:Tom, IIRC you are the first non-Finnish speaking winner here! Congratulations!


I'm about to leave work, so it's going to take me a little while. I'll see if I can't find something worthy!

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Post by Tom Houlihan » 22 May 2005 04:09

My apologies for the delay. It's been a day!

During the Winter War, field post regulations called for all mail to be marked in one of two ways. These markings were to be color coded.

What were the markings, and what were the colors?

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Post by Tom Houlihan » 23 May 2005 04:53

24 hours, and no attempts? I find it hard to believe I'm stumping the Finns!

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Post by Topspeed » 23 May 2005 05:45

Either stempel KENTTÄPOSTIA with violet or a blueish Kenttäpostia stamp ?

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Post by Tom Houlihan » 23 May 2005 06:37

Actually Topspeed, according to my source, you're half right. Kenttapostia in violet is correct.

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Post by Tom Houlihan » 25 May 2005 08:19

I guess I need to provide a clue.

Topspeed's answer was correct for personal mail. The other marking is in reference to non-personal mail.

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Post by Esa K » 25 May 2005 17:35

This was a hard one, but this should be the answer:

Personal mail should be marked with "Kenttäpostia" in violet ink.

Official/non-personal mail should be marked "Sotilasasia" in red ink.

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Post by Tom Houlihan » 25 May 2005 21:20

Esa, you have the Con!

I was actually starting to wonder if my information was legitimate! :o

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Post by Esa K » 26 May 2005 15:12

Thanks Tom.

Found at last the answer on a site I now cant find back to :oops: . Will make a new search, and attach the link here, cause it had some pieces and bits of information about Finlands wars that can be interesting for the visitors of this forum.

New q:

What was the largest tank gun calibre used in battle during the Continuation War?


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