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Post by Esa K » 01 Sep 2006 17:16

Too easy, to hard, to boring...?

Hint #1: 1944


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Post by Janne » 04 Sep 2006 09:13

Possibly all three:-)

I believe we are in late June, a bit northwest of Tali. There's Lagus again bursting in on the scene, this time commanding Ps.D. and there's yet another division commander losing his job, and I'm pretty sure it is colonel Paalu, commander of 18.D,

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Post by Esa K » 10 Sep 2006 17:49

Ooops, and I´m sorry that some days have passed since I was able to visit this forum, have been more or less net-less... so, i hope it´s OK that i go on with my latest question here...
Janne wrote:I believe we are in late June, a bit northwest of Tali.
Correct, as it´s there the potato cellar in question was located...
Janne wrote:There's Lagus again bursting in on the scene, this time commanding Ps.D. and there's yet another division commander losing his job, and I'm pretty sure it is colonel Paalu, commander of 18.D,
For sure Lagus, Paalu and Snellman visited the place, but it was not "their" commandposts that was located there, as an exemple: Lagus commandpost was in Juustila... So I´m looking for two other ones...

Hint # 2: The individuals in question was however under the command of Lagus and Paalu/Snellman...


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Post by Esa K » 11 Sep 2006 12:21

Hint # 3: A Colonel, and a Lieutenant Colonel.


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Post by Esa K » 11 Sep 2006 18:00

Hint # 4: A Brigade, and a Regiment.


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Post by Janne » 12 Sep 2006 08:19

Hints 2-4 give the same information in different words: the subunits of PsD were brigades and a brigade commander's typical rank was colonel, the subunits of an infantry division were regiments and a regiment commander's rank was lieutenant colonel.

The first occupant of the famous(?, FWIW I cannot remember reading about it) potato cellar in Alahovi must've been LtCol. Inkinen, commander of JR 6 - IIRC it cannot be Forsberg because he was a colonel - and the new one Col Puroma, commander of JPr.

(This must've taken place on June 26-27, before and after Paalu was relieved of his duties.)

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Post by Esa K » 13 Sep 2006 18:27

Janne wrote:The first occupant of the famous(?, FWIW I cannot remember reading about it) potato cellar in Alahovi must've been LtCol. Inkinen, commander of JR 6 - IIRC it cannot be Forsberg because he was a colonel - and the new one Col Puroma, commander of JPr.

(This must've taken place on June 26-27, before and after Paalu was relieved of his duties.)
Inkinen and Puroma is the correct answer... (and, hell, you are maybe correct about one detail, I must check it out further [havent put the exact locations of the staffs on my eternal "Tali-Ihantala project" maps yet...], but IIRC, as Inkinens commandpost was in the area, it was located very near Puromas. And, Puroma was "moving" in there sometime after 19.00 25/6 1944). I reuse again my favourite English word. Blurry. Blurry this maybe went, but we have a winner, congrats to Janne. The stage is yours again, and i belive the new question will be more inspiring and less blurry than my last...


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Post by Janne » 14 Sep 2006 12:31

I'll try another "too easy/too difficult" question:

The logistics for this operation included 6000kg of chalk powder, 3800 bedsheets and 1250m of cloth.

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Post by Janne » 16 Sep 2006 08:12

The operation was commanded by a General and two of his commanders were future generals.

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Post by Janne » 18 Sep 2006 07:28

The operation was delayed due to poor weather.

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Post by Mangrove » 18 Sep 2006 18:03

Conquering Suursaari?

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Post by Janne » 19 Sep 2006 08:52

Bingo! The island of Suursaari/Högland/Gogland was captured with a quite unique iceborne operation in March 1942. The island is situated about 40km from the coast and 30km from the nearest island, and the infantry and the supporting artillery and mortar unitshad to be transported on lorries and horse-drawn vehicles, or towed on skis, until they could approach the island on skis. Ploughing the roads through the snow and the packed ice took three days and the ploughing units hadto be employed nonstop to keep them open when snowfall and wind-driven snow kept reblocking them.

The commander of the operation was General Pajari and the two future Generals were Colonel Sotisaari and Major Miettinen.

The operation is also known for the fate of the Blenheims: only three bombers bombed their targets in the poor weather, two aircraft crashed on the ice and their crews were lost and several others were damaged in forced landings when they couldn't return to or find their bases.

It is also to my knowledge the only instance when Finnish troops about to enter combat were issued alcohol: 1 dl (roughly 100 g) per soldier before the cold transport.


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Post by Juha Tompuri » 22 Sep 2006 17:14

Martti?
Janne wrote:I assume that you are familiar with the harsh rules of the quiz!
One of them being:
The first one to post the correct answer to a question, posts a new question
http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic. ... sc&start=0

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Post by Juha Tompuri » 25 Sep 2006 06:52

As Martti seems not to be interested in posting a new question (which should be done, if one bothers to answer at these quizes),
the field is free now.

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Post by Juha Tompuri » 25 Sep 2006 19:31

Where in Finland the (first) penetration tests of Panzerfaust were done?

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