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Tolvajärvi - December 12, 1939

Russo-Finnish War 1939-1940
Eastern Front By: Sliderule - Last update: 08/02/2012
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x6 x5 x4 x5
first You play first    

Historical Background:
The strong Soviet 139th Division has been advancing well to the north of Lake Ladoga, and is preparing an attack on the settlement of Tolvajärvi which controls a crossroads giving access to the west and south. Before the Soviet attack can be launched a newly appointed Finnish commander Col Paavo Talvela launches an attack of his own. One unit is still inexperienced is not able to press the attack on the left as has been planned.
In the historical battle the Finnish attack on the left was broken up, and that to the right initially stalled half way along Kotisaari Island. There had been some success in the centre and it was here that Talvela committed his reserves capturing the Tourist Hotel and significant amounts of Russian equipment before withdrawing to Tolvajärvi. This was one of the first successful Finnish actions of the 1939-40 Russo-Finnish war.
Weather is poor and hours of daylight short so air cover even if available is of limited use.

Finnish Player
* Take 6 command cards
* You move first

Russian Player
* Take 4 command cards

Conditions of Victory:
5 medals

Special Rules:
Russian command rules are in effect (EF p.3)

The Airpower card is played as an Artillery Bombard card

All river hexes are treated as frozen river hexes (EF p.3) They represent the frozen lakes Tolvajärvi and Hirvasjärvi

The bunker is a field bunker representing an improvised strongpoint (hotel)

Scenario Bibliography:
www.winterwar.com by Sami Korhonen

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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