17161U  [DO2016] Kollaa online version
December 07, 1939 - March 13, 1940
Eastern Front
Winterwar Dutch Open 2016 sc02
By: Jeronimon - Last update: 02/26/2018

Historical Background:
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 Finnish Sisu!

The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

This is an online adaptation of the Kollaa Scenario played at the 2016 Memoir'44 Dutch Open

Axis Player: Take 5 command cards

Allied Player: Take 5 command cards.
You move first.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals

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

Special Rules:
Finnish Ski Troops (Troops 9)
Finnish snipers (Troops 10)

For this scenario only:
Simo Hayha, the famous Finnish sniper is represented by two figures (This rule I borrowed from LooneyLlama :) )

Online exceptions
Winter Weather (Actions 26) does not work online, so the Russian tanks are replaced by USA tanks that can move only 2 hexes
Railroad does not work online, the railroad bridge is replaced by a normal bridge.
Marshes (Terrain 28) do not work online so they are replaced by rice paddies (Terrain 60) that have the desired result.
To add more summer there are summer roads and railrods the winter railraod and road tiles do not work
Winter tiles for Railroad and roads do not work online so it is a bit of summer there :)

Please note that this scenario was not approved by Richard Borg or Days of Wonder, so you have to check yourself about playability, potential gaming issues, etc.

Set-up Order