From: Tucson, AZ
June 25, 1990,
Soviet army of 52 units opposed to Finnish army of 46 units
for a battle of complexity 0.57 at Battalion(II) level
on a 2.5 Km/Hex map
for 15 turns of Half Day each.
by Jari Mikkonen submited on 04-01-2003
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KARELIAN PINE 1990
A hypothetical Soviet Soviet offensive in Eastern Finland.
2,5 km per hex
*** FINN COLORS ***
Blue on white: Jäger Brigades, Air Forces
Light green on white: Infantry Brigades
Gray on white: Frontier Guards
Yellow on white: Local forces
In 1990 the collapse of Soviet Union began to seem obvious to many in west as well as in east. Those who standed between east and west considered wise to distinguish themselves to be on the winners side early enough for political prestige.
Finnish government considered this issue thoroughly and came up with a solution: joining NATO as soon as possible.
When this information came out to publicity, Kreml naturally wasn't very pleased. It had enough trouble at keeping Warsaw Pact together to stand what was happening. Finland would be followed by Sweden and Austria, then Poles and Czechs would start making demands, and so on. Something had to be done, but at the moment Kreml didn't come up with any decisions.
In June anti-Soviet riots erupted in Estonia. Army suppressed them with brute force, which was comdemned by Finnish president in a special tv-broadcast. After interrogating imprisoned rioters, KGB presented politbyro what the militaristic wing was hoping for: Finland's secret police SUPO had organized the unrest. Preparations were initiated in a calm silence to make Finland a cautionary example to others...
Soviet generals organized six operations. Two were seaborne invasions of Hanko and Åland to deny Finns access to Baltic sea, two were diversionary attacks against Joensuu and Sodankylä, one was the secondary offensive towards Oulu to prevent supply deliveries from Norway and one was the primary offensive, its goal being no more or less than the half-million capital Helsinki. They knew they had to knock Finland out of war quickly, just in a week or so. If the war prolonged, it would consume money and trust of Pact allies. Who knows, maybe even NATO might rush to help.
Despite their attempt to be "very huss-huss", the Soviet mobilization of over ten divisions near Leningrad was noticed by many intelligence services a week before the attack. A US diplomat passed recce satellite pictures of Soviets pushing their Northern Military District to wartime strength. Still not certain of what was coming, Finnish president Mauno Koivisto reluctantly ordered drafting reserves for an "extra rehearsal". Despite of having a highly efficient mobilization system, it still would take more than a week to have all troops combat ready.
June 25th, 0200. Outposts have heard motor sounds from the whole length of the border for two days. Seven hours ago a border guards company got involved in a brief firefight with a Spetnaz platoon.
Soviet ambassador is not willing to explain the obvious: Finland is in a state of war.
Beginning from turn 6, Finns may ask for a reinforcement Armour Battalion. There is a price of 10 VP's, however. It will take two turns before the reinforcements arrive.
Beginning from turn 6, Finns also have the option of repairing the rusty T-34/76 "Sotka" located between the canteen and the swimming pool of Kontioranta garrison for combat use. It will then be used to reinforce 1st Jäger Battalion. This resource of utmost strategic importance costs nothing but takes four turns from the mechanics to fix.
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