Its interesting to see how all the misconceptions about tundra are played out. This time of the year is the best time for manuvers, infact almost the only time of the year to effectivly fight in the Finnmark/Murmansk area. A good friend of mine did his nation service year up there as a boarderguard/instructor. He told me it is all swamp and mountian, and even more swamp and mountian. Only vehicle they could use off road was the tracked BV series, mind you for those who dont know what the BVs are, they are unarmored, and they run on rubber tracks about 2 feet wide. The reason for the swampish/marshy conditions are quite simple, the ground is frozen due to permafrost, so all the precipitation that falls have no drainage, in the normal sense. If one look at overhead imagery of Finnmark and Troms there is a marked diffrence in the amount of small lakes that are in Finnmark. The same is for Kola. It is almost as if God acid etched the whole region so that it is almost like porous preforated landscape resting on a ocean. So to give it no combat effect is way to nice, from a realistic perspective, it should have swamp effects and swamp movements. Also there should be a lessened stacking limit, say of max one piece, meaning you only get one div or corps per hex. The reason behind this is simple enough, most armies on the eastern front used horses to carry their supplies, and up north there isnt an abundance of fooder, this infomation I have from a gaming aciontance who was an officer with the last packhorse company the Norwegian Army had, which was dispanded in the 1980s. It is in these days infact that you can do the most serious manuvers in the north, this is cause the ground has become frozen enough to take the veight of heavy machinery and also the daylight have returned suficentlly to manuver in any meaningful fashion, bear in mind this is if you discount the use of night vision equipment which we now take for granted. Another telling point, is that the Russians only liberated Kirkenes, after the Germans had evacuated it, and set up more defensible possitions at Skibotn vally, which lies 400 km west of Kirkenes. Why didnt the Russians go stopping down the Finnmark platau? Even today the Norwegian Army operate on the same defensive strategy, Finnmark is only lightly garrisioned by two battalion sized ranger formations. One at the boarder and one in the middle of the country at Porsanger. The main formation 6th division is held back in Troms country and the two garrisons in Finnmark are mainly used as tripwires and LRRG formations, which will exfiltrate in the case of war back to Troms.
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