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The 3. / Pz Abt. 40 in the struggles for Uhtua / Kálevala.
Advance beyond Vuonninen - July 11 to 19, 1941.
At the same time the Vuokko Detachment advanced slowly. The enemy although flanked from the south still represented a difficult target, including pillboxes, south of the front. These positions in depth offered a hard resistance, suffering significant losses. Therefore, on July 17, 1941, only five prisoners were captured, but 120 were found dead and an important booty was taken.
When the invading battalions reached firm ground in the sector of Lake Torasjärvi, on July 18 a Soviet counterattack broke out. After several hours of fire preparation, including heavy artillery, they were attacked from the north and in the peninsula south of Vuonninen towards the east side of Vuokatti. In a fierce four-hour battle, the attack was rejected in both directions. Probably, then, the Soviet leadership decided to leave the Vuonnisenjoki line, retreat to the station of Korpijärvi-Pistojoki, and thus the retreating forces were about to hit the Vuokko Detachment.
On the afternoon of July 18, a large movement was detected in front of the Malm Detachment. The order to pursue was issued, but the action was not fast enough and even the forces that had to fix the enemy were not successful. The Soviet troops were only harassed by the Finnish artillery. The enemy needed to find a solution in the south so that the terrain between the Vuonnisenjoki and the Pistojoki was extensively mined off the roads and the roads were blocked at short intervals by barriers made of stones, the forests were set ablaze and artillery came into action.
The next morning (July 19) at 09:00 hours began a strong artillery preparation against the Vuokko Detachment and at 09:45 the enemy launched a new and aggressive assault. Meanwhile, Battalion Sissi 3, Light Detachment 5, III / KTR 16, a cyclist company and a team of engineers were transported from July 16 to 17 through the water course and taken to the front line. The Russians still tried to save their position by renewing their attack at 11:30 hours, but to no avail. Finnish activities at the bridgehead were eased when a pontoon bridge was built on the Vuonnisenjoki before midnight from July 19 to July 20 until a field bridge was completed on July 23, 1941.
The Vuokko Detachment moved actively in the direction of the Rivajärvi-Pistojoki Strait to destroy the enemy. On the afternoon of July 19 due to fatigue and lack of food, half of the troop was at rest. The losses after the battle amounted to 130 dead and wounded. The first line was then south of Lake Korpijärvi, 4 km south of the stream. According to reports, the prisoners of war belonged to Rifle Reg. 118 and 81.
Due to the failed counterattacks, the Commander of the 54th Div. Tir. The Soviet Union began to doubt the durability of the positions in the Pistojoki and had decided to reorganize its defense closer to Uhtua. From the north in the direction of Pistojärvi, the III / JR 81 was retracted towards the Korpijärvi lake, leaving security in Pistojärvi in charge of the border guards. He arranged a great defense based on the firepower to the west, from the south of Korpijärvi on the edge of Pistojoki, and south of Torajärvi to the headwaters of the pipeline leading east.
Sources: http://www.panssarikilta.fi/Lehti/Panss ... vu_14.html
http://www.pohjanprikaatinkilta.fi/PohP ... i_1941.htm
https://www.sotahistoriallisetkohteet.f ... /-/id/1407
Cheers. Raúl M
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