- Dutch Open 2016: Winterwar / Talvisota, scenario 2
Dec. 1939-march 1940: North of the Karelian Isthmus which received the main initial assault of the Winter War, the Soviet 8th Army,
a force of 7 divisions reinforced by armor units, assaulted the 2 divisions of the Finnish 4th Army Corps. After pushing with
unstoppable force for some 40 km, the Soviet assault ground to a halt on the banks of an insignificant little river called Kollaa. There
the Finns had hastily dug defenses which were, until the very end of the war, able to withstand daily assaults by numerically vastly
superior enemy forces assisted by artillery, armor and aircraft.
The defenders of Kollaa fought one of the most celebrated actions of the war, holding off the attackers for more than three months,
supported only by the snow, the temperatures which fell to 40 degrees below zero, and the knowledge that if Kollaa fell the resulting
avalanche of Soviet troops might prove impossible to stop. The legendary Finnish sniper Simo Häyhä, nicknamed "The White Death",
also served at the Kollaa front.
A famous quote from the Battle of Kollaa is Major General Hägglund's question, ?Kestääkö Kollaa?? (Will Kollaa hold?), to which
Lieutenant Aarne Juutilainen replied, ?Kollaa kestää? (Kollaa will hold), unless the orders are to run away." A prime example of
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.
Axis player [Finnish]: 5 command cards
Allied player [Russian]: 5 command cards, you move first
Conditions of Victory
Rumilus base is a temporary medal objective for the Finnish
worth 1 medal
Road hex to Bomba is a temporary medal objective for the
Russians worth 1 medal
Red House Hill is a temporary medal objective for the Finnish
and the Russians worth 1 medal
- Place a battle star on any two non SWA infantry unit. The
battle stars represent molotovcocktails. play them as follow:
infantry with Molotov is treated like infantry
in close combat, start hit on vehicles and armor
unit with molotov may take ground
- Early war mortar (SWA 3)
- Sniper (troop 10)
For this scenario only:
Simo Hayha, the famous Finnish sniper is represented by two
figures (Thanks to LooneyLlama for the idea.)
Russian command rules ( Nations 2)
- Ski troops (troop 9)
- The frozen rivers (terrain 47) are Deeply frozen rivers.
Infantry roll 1 die when crossing, all other units roll 2 dice as
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