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Book One World War Three 1946

Book One World War Three 1946
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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

July 30th by Dan

"The attacks came thick and fast, as we retreated back towards Helsinki. We were able to keep discipline in the lines which meant almost as soon as we'd beaten back the attack and knew the next one was coming, we would move back to the next line, maybe another 100 meters or so. Let them waste their ammo on empty holes.

We were definitely hampered by the lack of armor in our defence, but we had acquired from the Germans, and later from the Norwegians, a huge stock pile of the German Panzerschreks and the disposable Panzerfausts. While the effective range on these weapons were minimal, with the terrain we were working with, we were able to make close in attacks with minimal casualties.

Once a tank had been disabled, it was still no small matter to hit it with Molotov cocktails, but hitting the front and rear tanks in a column made our job much easier. This was especially the case while we were fighting through villages, we were able to turn every junction, every cross roads into a killing ground. Before long the Russians learned to plaster any area they thought we were with rockets and artillery, and before long, we naturally learned how to hide from these before popping back up and killing their tanks and soldiers again.

It was also around this time, the end of July and beginning of August, that the first Swedish troops started joining the defence. When they got here, they were greener than an April Birch, but they learned fast and were not short of courage. Very quickly, the Swedes begun to have a high turnover in officers, almost all of them with hand and minor face wounds.

I will cover the cause of this later in the book.

Extract from "The Fight That Lasted All Day - My life in the Summer Offensive" by General Yanni Grappaleinnen (Rtd)

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