Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Scandinavian Combined Defense by Mad Missouri
First Meeting of the Combined Defense Staff of the Scandinavian Defense Union
September 10th, 1946
Gentlemen, please take your seats so we may begin. I would like to start be welcoming all of you to today’s meeting. Over the last 4 weeks since the signing of the defense treaty we have established a common staff headquarters here to coordinate a common defense and to allow for the most efficient use of resources. Our 4 nations have agreed to fight towards a common goal. Today we will receive a series of presentations to provide everyone with the most up to date picture of where the war now stands. Major Puurunen please begin.
Thank you, Sir. First of all let us cover the status of the war in Finland so far. As we all know that on July 10th the Russians launched an invasion of Finland. Based on captured documents and radio intelligence we believe the Russians were hoping for a quick drive to capture the city of Helsinki. Our intelligence services have found that the Russian forces are organized into a single organization called the 1st Finnish Front. We have been able to so far identify elements of at least 10 Russian infantry divisions, 2 cavalry divisions and 2 tank corps in the forces attacking out of the Karelian Isthmus. Through radio intelligence we have been able to identify an additional 2 infantry divisions based near Petsamo, but so far they have made no offensive moves. Strangely most of the units we have fought so far seem to be second class divisions with limited tank, artillery, and aircraft support. This is in stark contrast to the Russians behavior during the final battles of 1944. At that time the Russians used 3 Fronts made up of close to 35 front line divisions, supported by 18 tank regiments, 3000 artillery pieces and close to 1500 planes to force the Finns out of the war.
The Russians underestimated the ability of the Finns to resist their invasion. We believe this underestimation was based on faulty reports from the Russian members of Allied Control Commission that were observing Finnish disarmament beginning in late 1944. Thankfully members of the Finnish military were able to hide large amounts of arms and equipment in several hundred cashes. The Russians made no attempt to hide the preparations for the attack; this information gave the Finnish military time to complete a limited mobilization before the attack came. The Finnish Army units on the border managed to delay the Russians just long enough for additional Finnish and Swedish units to deploy. This combined force of Finnish and Swedish divisions was able to stop the Russian advance. The front in Finland has been stable for the last 2 weeks; right now the Russians are about 50 kilometers outside of Helsinki. As we speak the front roughly runs from Porvoo on the Baltic, north through the villages of Askola and Artjarvi, east through the town of Kouvola and is anchored on Lake Saimaa at Savitaipale. So far the Russian advances have been contained to this narrow bulge.
The status of our land forces right now is good. We have been receiving vast amounts of modern weapons and supplies from the NATO nations. Those items have allowed our units to reach a level of combat effectiveness in excess of anything we fielded in the last war. The militaries of Finland and Sweden have been at full mobilization for the last 2 months. The Finnish Army now stands at 15 infantry divisions, 12 independent battalions and 2 armored brigades. The Swedish Army now stands at 10 Infantry Divisions, 3 motorized brigades, 3 armored brigades. The Norwegian Army now stands at 2 infantry divisions, 2 independent infantry brigades, 1 motorized brigade and 2 armor battalions. There are another 6 Norwegian infantry brigades forming and once completed they will be organized into an additional 2 divisions. The Danish Army fields 1 infantry brigade, with another in training. Also we have, 1 brigade of Poles, 2 brigades of Germans, a battalion of Czechs, and a battalion of Estonians trained. We are now forming another 4 brigades of Germans that should be ready in another month or so.
Once the weakness of the Russian force was identified we began preparing for a counter attack. We have built up a force of 5 infantry divisions, 4 independent infantry brigades, 3 armored brigades, supported by 600 artillery pieces and 400 modern aircraft. At 0400 tomorrow morning that force will begin an attack to retake the town of Kouvola and then will drive south to Kotka thereby cutting the Russian Front in two. Our goals are simple; remove the Russian threat to Helsinki, destroy as many Russian units as we can, and drive them out of Finland. At the very least we have to retake the fortifications of the Salpa line. With those fortifications we can dig in and wait for the Russians next move.