Although not suitable for the vast open spaces of the Soviet Union, in northern Finland, the Panzer Abteilung 211 received French Hotchkiss and Souma tanks that were used in the battles around Salla. These obsolete tanks were the equals of the older T-26 and BT tanks in the Russian arsenal. On July 6th, the largest tank battle of the northern theater occurred around Salla. Two German tank companies took on a large number of Russian tanks and although the Germans lost most of their tanks, they did account for 24 Russian tanks in one hour and aided greatly to the capture of the key Russian town.
Attacker: German (Elements 169th Infantry Division and Panzer Abteilung 211)