4th July 1941
Reports came flooding in to the HQ of the 14th Army in Murmansk, and these were also confirmed by aerial recon. The 100th NKVD Border Regiment had been reporting heavy attacks since before dawn. The early recon patrol was chased off by twin engined enemy fighters but not before radioing in the confirmation that German units had crossed the border and were engaging the pillbox and bunker complexes on the frontier with Finland.
Indeed the 100th Regiment was pinned downed and quickly encircled by elements of the German 2nd Gebirgsjager Division. Mountain infantry that would do well in the rugged terrain of the North. This unit was last stationed in Norway and its presence here must mean that Finland will no doubt enter the war on the Axis side imminently.
Northern Fleet, based in Polyarny, acquieseced to 14th Army requests for support and authorised the 1st and 2nd Destroyer Squadrons to lend naval gunfire support to the beleagured border troopers. 1st Destroyer Squadron (Grody, Gromky, Grozny and Gremyashchiy) followed by 2nd Destroyer Squadron (Sokrashitelny, Zabiyaka, Kapitan Belli and Kapitan Kern), raised steam and sped North North West to lend their guns in support of the defence. Further local units were put on high alert with the 14th Rifle Division immediately deploying forward. PVO and VVS units had flown in from the hinterland as the whole Northern Region was put on full alert. It seemed the Germans were attacking the full length of the border!
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