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[DO2016] Tolvajarvi - December 12, 1939 - December 19, 1939

Dutch Open 2016: Winterwar / Talvisota, scenario 3
Eastern Front By: Antoi - Last update: 02/26/2018
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x6 x6 x6 x6
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There are problems with this scenario: it cannot be set-up using the standard terrain tiles of Memoir '44 and the selected extensions. There are too many terrains of one or more types. Please contact the author.

Historical Background:
Early December Finnish forces where pushed back on every front. Only the Mannerheim line stood firm. Russia seems undefeatable with their superior numbers in men and equipment. The situation was especially critical north of lake Ladoga where Russian forces flooded across the roads into Finland. General Mannerheim ordered a counterattack to stabilize the front and give new hope to the troops. This attack had to take place at Tolvajarvi. A small place where the Finnish retreat was stopped en the situation was most desperate. The objective was to capture the peninsula with a hotel where a major road was located. Because of open ground the frontal attack was supported from the sides where extra troops would help in the attack. Early in the morning of December 12, Finnish forces got underway. Unfortunately the left wing of the attack met a group Russian just underway with their own attack. The right wing also met with heavy resistance. The center attack thus had to attack without enough support and resulted in heavy fighting and many losses on both sides. When the forces came in the vicinity of the hotel they met heavy resistance. The hotel was transformed into a well-defended position and could not be overwhelmed easy. It was already in the afternoon when forces from the left wing arrived and the hotel could be captured. Russian forces where pushed back for kilometres before the attack was stopped. The success of the attack gave Finnish forces new hope and courage. Russian forces could be beaten!

Russian player: 6 cards
Finnish player: 6 cards

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals
The hotel is worth 1 medal for whoever controls it (temporary medal)
The exit is for the Russian player only

Special Rules:
- 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 normal
- The two infantry units with an battle star have 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
- Early war mortar (SWA 3) and early war machine gun (SWA 8)

Scenario Bibliography:
Trotter, William, A Frozen Hell: The Russo-Finnish Winter War Of 1939-1940

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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