FINLAND, 11 December 1939: General Mannerheim himself placed Colonel Paavo
Talvela in command of all Finnish troops in the threatened Tolvajarvi/Ilomantsi
sector north of Lake Lagoda. In order to prevent the entire Mannerheim
Line from being outflanked Talvela had to stop the Soviet advance
and if at all possible push them back. Therefore, Talvela planned
a strong counterattack to halt the Soviet drives in this area.
However, before Talvela could launch his counterattack on the
11th, he suffered a nasty surprise on his own left flank. A Soviet
battalion had marched undetected through the wilderness and fell
upon his flank. Without warning the Russians burst from the woods
upon Talvelas supply line northwest of Tolvajarvi Village.
There were no defensive works here and few combat troops either.
By all rights the Finnish HQ staff and the support personnel should
have been routed from the field but something strange happened.
The first target overrun by the Russians was a field kitchen where
large vats of sausage soup were simmering. After the attackers
caught a whiff of the soup, the majority of them paused and began
to eat. The momentum of the original attack vanished and the startled
Finns received a priceless interval of time in which to recover.
And recover they did. What followed was an engagement dubbed the
Sausage War by the Finns that was close, brutal and without mercy.
Later front line troops from the east arrived to sweep up the
survivors. Many of the Soviets died by the bayonet some with sausage
still on their lips.
CH led the way
almost 20 years ago with its Jatkosota variant when production
was cut and paste and publishers were still adhering to unmounted
counters. Fast-forward two decades and prepare for the heat of
FIRE AND ICE ... as well as the bitter cold of Finland's version
of 'General Winter'! In this final compilation of 1939-1944 scenarios
set on the Finnish Front, things have taken a turn for the colorful,
as in new color die-cut counters depicting elite Ski Troops, Soviet
1940 soldiers, and Finnish vehicles and Gunsall printed
on a gray counter with full-color art.
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