To secure the Finnish Karelian northern flank, the German and Finnish High Command ordered an assault against Maselskaya and Medvezhegorsk. Throughout November, the Finns attacked this area repeatedly but due to poor preparation, battle fatigue and a lowering of troop morale, no headway could be made. After a two week delay the Finns began a new offensive in this area. In some of the worst weather imaginable, in temperatures as low as minus 30 degrees, the elite Finnish 114th Division advanced and attacked Medvehegorsk . . .