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17997U  The Battle of Honkaniemi
February 26, 1940
Western Front
Dutch Open 2016: Winterwar / The Battle of Honkaniemi, scenario 5
By: bartjuh - Last update: 06/22/2016

Historical Background:
On the night between 25th / 26th of February 1940, the Jaeger company was transferred by trucks to Heponotko (3 km North-East from the Honkaniemi depot) and skied to the starting point, arriving at 0400 hours. The tank company arrived 30 minutes later, after making a 50 km march. The march in bad conditions, costed the tank company 5 tanks to various reasons, mainly engine failures. The tank company was divided into two sections, 6 tanks to support the 2nd and 3rd Jaeger companies and 2 tanks to support the 1st company securing the left flank.

The Soviet forces were lead elements from the 84th division which were supported by T-26 tanks. The Soviet forces were preparing an attack on that same day, so the opposition was stronger than expected, since the units that were ordered to attack had taken their positions along the front.

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

Axis Player
Take 6 Command cards.
You move first.

Allied Player
[Soviet Union]
Take 6 Command cards.

Conditions of Victory:
6 Medals.

The Honkaniemi Depot is a temporary medal objective for the Finnish and the Russians worth 1 medal.
The 5 hex towns (near the roads with the medals) are a temporary majority medal for the Finnish and the Russians worth 1 medal.

Special Rules:
Finnish Ski Troops (Troops 9).
Commissar rules Red Army.
Finnish troop is a mortar unit (Mortar unit).
Because the failures to many Finnish tanks, the Finnish tank units only have 2 figures.

The Finnish player can choose two infantry units to equip with molotov cocktails. 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.

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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.

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