Kollaa - December 07, 1939 - March 13, 1940

Dutch Open 2016: Winterwar / Talvisota, scenario 2
Eastern Front By: Jeronimon - Last update: 05/27/2016
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x6 x5 x6
    first You play first


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:
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.

Briefing:
Axis player [Finnish]: 5 command cards
Allied player [Russian]: 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:
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
- 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.)

Scenario Bibliography:
Trotter, William, A Frozen Hell: The Russo-Finnish Winter War Of 1939-1940
http://winterwar.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_War
http://www.go2war2.nl/
Condon, Richard, De winter oorlog.
Irincheev, Bair, War of the white death. Link
H.M. Tillotson, Finland at Peace and War 1918-1993

Warning:
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
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