Soviet Special Forces outfit, after
training for a month for this
assignment, finally hit the German
garrison during the night of the 11th.
Their mission was to take out the
heavy gun battery at the tip of the
peninsula, guarding the entrance to Liinakhamari harbor, to be
assaulted later by another amphibious landing force. The
commanding strongpoint at the middle of the peninsula was
captured, as was the strongpoint containing a battery of 88s. But the
heavy guns had time to react, swung around and defended
themselves successfully. At dawn the surviving Germans launched a
counterattack, reinforced by German troops sent across the bay. The
Soviets were outnumbered and under great pressure, especially for
Lieutenant Leonov and his men at the FlaK-battery.