On Sep 30 1944, the Allied Control Commission handed an ultimatum to the Finnish Government stating something like that "the RKKA is more than ready to aid in pushing the Germans out of Finland". You see, Finns had agreed in Moscow in early September either to intern or expel the German troops starting on Sep 15.
However, there was a so-called gentleman's agreement between the two former brothers in arms that when the Germans started retreating the Finns just followed them, not trying to engage. A story tells, too, that the Finns had agreed not to re-build the bridges to carry heavy trucks or AFVs.
Fortunately, the Finnish military had already planned an invasion setting the D-Day on Oct 1. At first the main target was suppsed to be the town of Kemi, but after some data leaks a re-consideration took place and the target was changed to be Tornio. In the pic we see a Finnish convoy steaming towards Tornio, and for obvious reasons it's taken on Oct 3.
When the vessels were loaded in the Port of Oulu the cranes couldn't lift field artillery, meaning that the heaviest weapons of the 1st wave were 45 mm AT guns and 120 mm mortars.
Also they lacked the maps of the invasion area. Fortunately there were phone booths from where the maps were taken - and as the city was not evacuated, local civilians were used as guides. As far as I know, the Tornio Battle is the only where the attacking units had to advance on their own soil without proper maps.
SA-kuva pic # 165139.
Continuation War, Finland.
August 1941, the Finns pushed forward hard and found a lot of destroyed bridges on their way, so the pioneers had a lot of work to build new (often temporarily) bridges, as fast as possible. Muolaa 1941.08.27 (SA-kuva)
Continuation War, Finland.
Ambulance car and bus who got lost and ended up on the enemy side, both vehicles got a bunch of bullets holes, but caption tells the drivers (wounded) managed to escape. There were also two "Lotta´s" (nurses) in the bus, they did hide close by in the forest (high grass), until Finnish troops two days later took the area under control, and found the Lotta´s. Also two destroyed enemy tanks in pics, taken same day in same place. Portinhoikka 1941.08.27 (SA-kuva)
On Sep 26 1944, the Finnish Infantry Regiment 10 and the Separate Battalion 24 returned the Vaterland, according to the terms of the Moscow Armistice Pact.
Pic is taken in the Repola area.
SA-kuva photo # 165116
Sorry for the inactivity, my spine tries to kill me from pain more than occasionally. Meeting the surgeon on next Tuesday, hopefully getting some info about the future, major surgery and the date of operation.
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