The Finns had suffered the humiliation of defeat to the Russians in March 1940. The result of the armistice was the loss of a great deal of territory on the Karelian Isthmus to the Russians. The Russians viewed the land as a buffer between potential enemies and the vital city of Leningrad. The Finns viewed this land as their sovereign territory. The intention on retrieving this land along with the threat of invasion from the Soviets pushed the Finns to act as co-belligerents with the Germans in their attack on the Soviet Union. The Finnish offensive began on July 10 and, within six days, they had reached the shores of Ladoga. The Karelian Army’s drive along the west flank of Lake Ladoga encountered stiff resistance but by early August, two Russian divisions were trapped along the coast. The Finns moved in for the kill.
Attacker: Finnish (7th Infantry Division)
Defender: Russian (168th Rifle Division)
Turns: 7.5 Players: 2 OBA: None Night: No
Sortavala, Finland 1941-08-05
Squads: A:18.0 D:16.0
AFVs: A:0 D:3 BT-5 M34 x 3
Guns: A:2 Lahti m39 20L x 2 D:1 76.2mm P obr. 36 x 1