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Post by Esa K » 30 Nov 2005 18:36

Viljo Rewell (later Revell) is the correct answer.

Both what became the "Rewell center" on the southwest side of the market square in Vaasa and the Toronto city hall is parts of his oeuvre. And one of the survivors from Ilmarinen was a leutant V. Rewell...

So congrats, and, over from Scandinavia to Toronto, Canada and Tero T.


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Post by Tero T » 01 Dec 2005 02:44

During the famous Suomusalmi battle the Finns found something on a dead Soviet captain. What was the item and how was this used to the Finns favour.? Tero T

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Post by Esa K » 02 Dec 2005 12:37

Hmm... Could it be this. Vaguely remember I have read somewhere that there was on a Soviet officer found some kind of amphetamine-preparate...?


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Post by Tero T » 02 Dec 2005 13:27

Unfortunately no . Very little is written of this finding but it does show up on several accounts of the battle of Suomusalmi. Your response though does beg further investigation into the drug aspect as I remember something similar on another incident. Thanks Tero T

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Post by Robb » 03 Dec 2005 14:21

Information on Soviet intentions for their 44th Infantry Division. This led to one of the most successful battles fought by the Finns - Quote from Wikipedia: "The so-called "Raatteentie Incident," during the month-long Battle of Suomussalmi, where the Soviet 44th Infantry Division was almost completely destroyed after marching on a forest road straight into an ambush and being encircled by vastly outnumbered Finnish soldiers"

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Post by Tero T » 03 Dec 2005 14:48

Hi Robb I will trade our weather in Canada for yours in Australia. Your is close but how was the information obtained. It was found on a Russian commanders(captains) remains. Tero T

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Post by Robb » 04 Dec 2005 11:02

Hi Tero T, greetings from Downunder,

30 + degrees C during the day this weekend and plenty of beautiful clear blue sky, down to about 20 degrees overnight! A bit humid though! I would guess in Toronto you must be geeting close to 20 below zero now?

Back to the quiz....Do you want anything further for the answer? I am afraid the quote from Wikipedia is all I know. Certaintly a stunning Finnish victory.

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Post by Tero T » 04 Dec 2005 15:41

A bit of snow and in the minus deg celsius. It will be a white christmas. Thanks . OK back to the question and since you have been tackling this and it has been several days I will finish this topic off. It was the tactical codes that that the Finns uncovered on the body of a dead captain. Matti Yrjölä website has information on this at
http://hkkk.fi/~yrjola/war/finland/intel/ . I have a document in my collection from Lavrenti Beria that gives some interesting insights from the Soviet side. I am attaching the english translation. I open the field to anyone from here.
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Post by Robb » 06 Dec 2005 09:21

Thank you Tero T I will have a go! (Interesting document - with Beria involved I think those mentioned in it would have had a very unpleasant ending!)

Question: Who was the Officer commanding IV Corps (Finnish) from 1942 - 1942

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Post by Esa K » 06 Dec 2005 17:18

As a part of my small celebration of Finlands Independence day, I´ll answer:

Kenraaliluutnantti Harald Öhquist...


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Post by Robb » 07 Dec 2005 04:10

I have a different name Esa.

This person then went on to be Chief of the General Staff.

My Finnish is non existent unfortunately and the name I have is probably Anglicised.

I have Leutenant General K Harald Oesch.

I don't know if they are the same but I will say over to you anyway.

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Post by Mikko H. » 07 Dec 2005 07:24

There was no IV Army Corps between March 1942 and March 1944. From 1 March 1942 on the IV Army Corps became the Isthmus Group (Kannaksen Ryhmä) until it became IV Army Corps again on 4 March 1944.

Kenraaliluutnantti Harald Öhquist commanded first the IV Army Corps and then the Isthmus Group from 1 February 1942 on. Kenraaliluutnantti Karl Lennart Oesch commanded the IV Army Corps before Öhquist and then, until 14 June 1944, the Olonets Group (Aunuksen Ryhmä).

See my postings here: http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?t=82662

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Post by Robb » 07 Dec 2005 08:02

Thanks Mikko for the update :D The link you provided (I have only skimmed through it at present) looks very complete.

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Post by Esa K » 07 Dec 2005 16:34

Thanks Robb, and nice to have Australians in this quiz too, it´s starting to be global... :wink:

And, I thought that Öhqvist had command of IV AK the longest period of it´s existense during 1942, so, thats why I choosed him in my answer.


New Q:

What "first" is connected with Pietari Tiikkiläinen...?


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Post by Juha Tompuri » 08 Dec 2005 12:03

Esa K wrote:What "first" is connected with Pietari Tiikkiläinen...?
Pietari was the first Ingrian to be nominated as Hero of the Soviet Union and may also have been the first HSU at "Finnish front" ?

Image
http://archives.karelia.ru/nark/exhibitions/ :
- http://archives.karelia.ru/nark/exhibit ... /first.php
- http://archives.karelia.ru/nark/exhibitions/victory/
- http://archives.karelia.ru/nark/exhibit ... rozavodsk/
- etc

http://pobeda.gov.karelia.ru/Photos/index.html
- all links

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