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The small number in loses in many of the current battles means either very short battles or battles in which neither side had the 'energy' for combat. This suggests both sides are starting to feel tired and worn out. Soon the battles with have zero loses on either side but the Fins will still break (if my experience with military operations tells me anything). Hopefully, with the Soviet Air Force giving our men the edge, this should be to the Red Army's advantage. The Air Forces can blast the Finnish defenders and allow the Soviet Heroes to just walk in and clean up the mess.
 

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That works for me too. The stories you will be forced to report should be very interesting.:)

Yes, and probably quite realistically shambolic, especially in the desperate early days of the German onslaught. I don't think the description "finely tuned and well-oiled war machine" was ever applied to the Red Army, at the best of times. Brutal, effective with numbers, determined etc yes.

And I agree with @markkur and @Bullfilter that the AI's failures would make for an interesting as well as more realistic story.:)

It works particularly well in the context of the Soviet Union, our red army will be just as efficient as the historical one, and there is a good chance of the Great Patriotic war becoming a large scale war of attrition...

I am positively surprised by the recent triumphs, particularly the capture of so many Finnish soldiers. Reviewing the last ten days I find it very possible that the vanguards can reach Helsinki within the closest ten-days period. Though, there is of course the AI...;)

Well I would give the AI A for effort as 67 SD was only hours away when it lost all supply on the 29th...

The small number in loses in many of the current battles means either very short battles or battles in which neither side had the 'energy' for combat. This suggests both sides are starting to feel tired and worn out. Soon the battles with have zero loses on either side but the Fins will still break (if my experience with military operations tells me anything). Hopefully, with the Soviet Air Force giving our men the edge, this should be to the Red Army's advantage. The Air Forces can blast the Finnish defenders and allow the Soviet Heroes to just walk in and clean up the mess.

Actually, the Red Army is doing great, but most, if not all of the Finnish units in the south, are extremely low on ORG, and are lacking at least some supplies, they also seem to reinforce and regain ORG very slowly now. So all the low casualty battles are Russians chasing away a Finnish Division that had no supply and less than 5 ORG at the start of the battle, or a similar Division attacking some Russians. In the south our troops are just marching on and spreading out, facing minimal resistance while being in good shape themselves. Our only Division with supply issues was 67 SD, and once we get Helsinki a convoy will be set up to continue sending as many supplies as possible to the South-Eastern part of the front. The few battles with higher casualties were against the few Finnish Divisions that hadn't seen combat in the last few weeks, and thus were well organised and well rested, and almost fully reinforced. Of course the VVS shortens the battles significantly, as bombing increases their ORG loss rate. So yes "walking in and cleaning up the mess" is the motto of the Southern front right now...

I should probably mention that on the 1st of April, I switched 1ya Armiya to Blitzing stance, as with our numerical superiority, and a severely weakened enemy it wouldn't hurt to speed things up a bit more...
 
30th of March 1940, 'Odin', 10-day report #118

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The 30th of March 1940, near Vologda, -0,7°C, 10am Moscow Time,

Report on the state of the Soviet Union for the ten day period between the 21st and the 30th of March 1940,

by 'Odin'

Army:
A Regiment of BT-7M's, 9. GvTP has been delivered to Lt. General Malinovskij's I GvTK, and together with 5. GvTP it will form the core of 5. GvTD (now Armx2)
Another Infx2, TD unit has been deployed to Lt. General Sandalov's XVII. SK, 7ya Armiya, 3rd Army Group, Brjansk HQ.

Army numbers (Brigades/Personnel) Reserves included (these numbers don't include regiments being upgraded):
Front line troops: 542 / 1.626.000
Support troops: 159 / 159.000
Total fighting troops: 701 / 1.785.000
Headquarters: 53 / 53.000
Total Army Personnel: 754 / 1.838.000
Officers: 64.945 + / 75.690 needed / 85,684 %
Active Leaders: 219 / 129 Reserve
Production has started on a lot of BT-7Ms, for a new Armx2, Mot, Eng GvTD.
Army Leadership:
New Maj. General Kurkin SK3, BM has been given command of 5. GvTD, I GvTK, 2ya Tankovaya Armiya, Armoured Army Group, STAVKA.
Air Force:
No changes in the VVS, nor in the Navy Air Fleet.
Navy:
No changes in the navy for the last 10 days
Politics / International:
No legislative changes for the last 10 days.
Nothing of note on the international scene.
Industry:
Industry Numbers:
The 3 Industrial complexes in Nizhnaya Tura, Berezniki, and Uray have reached full production output.
Working Industrial Capacity / available capacity: 235 (+1) / 317 (+2)
IC Usage: ( Allocated IC / Need )
Upgrades: 16,62 / 22,18
Reinforcement: 5,50 / 5,50
Supplies: 22,86 / 37,40
Production: 243,49 / 243,49
Consumer Goods: 28,53 / 28,53 (+0,18)
Stockpiles:
Energy: 99.454 tonnes -
Metal: 78.314 tonnes +
Rares: 28.065 tonnes -
Crude: 83.185 barrels +
Supplies: 28.525 tonnes -
Fuel: 99.697 barrels -
Money: 1.897 -
Intelligence:
Spy numbers, spies in (active / added / lost / caught by us)
France (Tech Espionage / Counterespionage): 9 / 0 / 1 / 1
{ Germany (/): 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 }
{ Japan (/): 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 }
{ UK (/): 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 }​
Other: 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Total: 9 / 0 / 1 / 3
Reserves: 4
Spy training leadership expenditure: 0,3​
Research:
No finished Research projects, no new ones started.
No changes in LS Distribution
Statistics:
National Unity: 82,803 (+0,01)
Neutrality: 0,00 =
Dissent: 0,00 =
Manpower:
Available: 1.959.000 Men
To reinforce(need): 5.130 Men
To mobilise(need): See above
Monthly gain: 43.800 Men (1 fully mobilised Infx3, AT Division every 7,8 days)​
No changes to Party Popularity
Party Organisation:
- Communist Party: 63,7 (+0,1)
- Trotskyite: 12,30 (-0,1)
- Bukharinite: 7,40 (-0,1)

- Octobrist: 7,90 (-0,1)
- Trudoviks: 4,70 (-0,1)
- Social-Revolutionary: 0,00 =
- Kadets: 0,00 =

- Tsarists: 1,30 =
- NTS: 2,20 (-0,1)
- POA: 0,00 =
Convoy Raiding:
2 Finnish merchant vessels and no Escort Vessels were sunk in last ten days
This Information is accurate on the morning of the 30th of March 1940, I hope it serves you well in fine-tuning your possible suggestions.

'Odin'
 
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2nd of April 1940, 'Tri', message about German DOW on Luxemburg, Landings in Norway

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The 2nd of April 1940, Leningrad Air Base Radar Station, 2,4°C, 3pm Moscow Time,

I had been visiting the new Radar Installations on Leningrad Air Base when a radio message was intercepted... it seemed to be for me and it said:

"Germany just declared war on Luxemburg, we all know how this will end ... no further comment ... 'Tri' " and then just a bunch of static.
Only the next day would this news appear in any of the official papers and on other news outlets around the world.

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The new 'Yagi' Radar station, set up near Leningrad Air Base. It's quite primitive, but it's already proving useful.
Other vague messages were intercepted from Kriegsmarine ships, pointing to the fact that the Wehrmacht had just completed a successful landing in Kistiansand, the Norwegian harbour closest to Denmark.

GNW2:4:40-1stLanding.jpeg

Kristiansand in German hands
Now I will depart shortly on a plane to Moscow,

Greetings,

'Odin'
 
4th of April 1940, 'Tri', call about German DOW on the Netherlands, KV-1's, LL to France?

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The 4th of April 1940, Minsk, 3 TTGvD HQ, 3,3°C, 2pm,

After a short stay in Moskva, I had gone to Minsk in Stalin's personal Lisunov Li-2 (I was the steward serving his drinks...), to see the Soviet Union's first Heavy Tank Red Guards Division, which is composed of a Regiment with 50 KV-1 Tanks which, unlike the original prototype, are equipped with 122mm A-19 guns. 2 elite Guards Regiments and a Guards Engineer Regiment are there to support the KV-1's.

KV1_1941.jpg

A parade was organised for the attending officials, with all of
Lt. General Muzich's 50.000 man XXIX GvSK. The stars of the show, were of course the 50 KV-1's. Building these in great numbers would be very expensive, and ineffective unless the Germans were to field large numbers of Heavy Tanks of their own, for now it will just be the one Division, great for propaganda purposes, and able to deliver a local sting, but not really war changing...
I had been observing the parade from the safety and anonymity of one of the recent Machine-Gun Bunkers at the city's entrance, and of course 'Tri' knew exactly which one I was in, and I was thus not surprised when the telephone rang:

"The Germans just declared war on The Netherlands, It seems things will start to happen on the German Western Front now, with the battle for Luxembourg (The province name has french spelling, and the country name has English spelling, the only difference is the 'ou' instead of the 'u') raging, and the Dutch cut off from their new Allies of necessity by a still stubbornly neutral Belgium, I'm sure things will get moving now, this seems to be the new and improved Von Schlieffen plan in action. Let us hope the Allies are already digging in on the Franco-Belgian border, with sufficient troops, or this could potentially end almost as quickly as the Polish campaign... It is obviously in the interest of the Soviet Union that France holds out as long as possible, depriving Germany of their industry and inflicting the highest possible amount of casualties"
The Committee is now pretty worried about France, and considering a small Lend-Lease plan to add to the small French Industrial base, external committee members are invited to comment on the theoretical effectiveness of such a move, especially as they are already receiving LL from the UK. Helping out the Dutch would probably be too little too late, and the British would spend half of it on the RN in the Pacific, the RAF in the Med (or vice versa), a Garrison in Singapore...an Air Base in Sheffield or a Radar Station in Portsmouth...all not what we would like to see...

FrenchIntelReport30:03:40.jpeg

the 30th of March intelligence reports tell us the French are currently building 2 Medium Armour Divisions, and 3 Infantry Divisions.
It was an interesting day, I'll be staying in Minsk another day, I might take a look at the Air Base expansion project currently underway, before flying to Helsinki, in Soviet hands since yesterday,

Greetings,

'Odin'

Edit: The picture first showed an IS-2, the wrong tank with the right gun, now we have the right tank KV-1, but without the upgrade of the 122mm Gun...
 
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That KV-1 always impressed me as a pretty mean-looking tank for its time. Which it would have to be if it was to go up against the Tiger.

Tri pretty much has the right of it, though I think it is the original Schlieffen Plan before von Moltke stuffed it up in August 1914 by not also going through Holland! ;)

Re LL for France: you will spend the IC on things you know you/your AI will need. Giving it to France will let their AI (which doesn't have any human guidance at all) blow it on things its AI "thinks" it needs (if such a word can even be applied to the AI) and then be flushed down the s-bend (is that just an Australian expression or do people generally geddit?) when the French surrender in less time than it took Poland. I reckon keep the IC and use it to build a few more of those bodacious-looking KV-1s! :cool:
 

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Oh yes. The KV-1. The best tanks the Germans ever captured and reused. :D
 

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But, that's an IS-2, not a KV-1. ;)
Ah, nice pickup then ;). Just googled the KV-1 to refresh the memory and it looks good, but the gun seems to be about a tenth the size :D - I just read the IS-2 had a monster 122mm. Ouch! Introduced in 1944. So I wonder if the picture is as a result of a mix of techs/specs? A KV-1 body but with a heavier gun, so the IS-2 picture used instead (no one would mistake a standard KV-1 gun for a 122mm)? Or maybe they just put an IS-2 'concept vehicle' out to scare the Germans? :p
 

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That KV-1 always impressed me as a pretty mean-looking tank for its time. Which it would have to be if it was to go up against the Tiger.

Oh yes. The KV-1. The best tanks the Germans ever captured and reused. :D

I like it, but I read it was a bit unweildy...

But, that's an IS-2, not a KV-1. ;)

Thanks for keeping me on my toes... the caption of the original picture said KV-1, but this isn't supported anywhere else...the error has been rectified

Ah, nice pickup then ;). Just googled the KV-1 to refresh the memory and it looks good, but the gun seems to be about a tenth the size :D - I just read the IS-2 had a monster 122mm. Ouch! Introduced in 1944. So I wonder if the picture is as a result of a mix of techs/specs? A KV-1 body but with a heavier gun, so the IS-2 picture used instead (no one would mistake a standard KV-1 gun for a 122mm)? Or maybe they just put an IS-2 'concept vehicle' out to scare the Germans? :p

In this ATL the KV-1 has a 122 mm, only the prototype had a 85mm... And I was actually looking for a version of the KV-1 with a 122mm mounted as an afterthought or something, and I mostly went off the erroneous caption as the gun looked right, ... right gun, wrong tank...

Tri pretty much has the right of it, though I think it is the original Schlieffen Plan before von Moltke stuffed it up in August 1914 by not also going through Holland! ;)

Yes of course, why not violate the neutralities of 2 countries while you're at it...

Re LL for France: you will spend the IC on things you know you/your AI will need. Giving it to France will let their AI (which doesn't have any human guidance at all) blow it on things its AI "thinks" it needs (if such a word can even be applied to the AI) and then be flushed down the s-bend (is that just an Australian expression or do people generally geddit?) when the French surrender in less time than it took Poland. I reckon keep the IC and use it to build a few more of those bodacious-looking KV-1s! :cool:

For now there might be better uses for the IC than building KV-1's, but I get your point... thanks for the feedback​
 
9th of April 1940, Winter War Report #13

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The 9th of April 1940, Helsinki, 1,9°C, 10am Moscow Time,

This report come to you from Helsinki. With the city now about 80km from the closest enemy unit, and 100s of km from any other active front, I went there for a visit. The Finnish Capital has moved to Vaasa, but it is clear that the loss of Helsinki has diminished the Finnish people's support for this war quite a bit. One or two more cities, and I'm sure the Finnish will be forced to surrender unconditionally...

"I've had it with these Finns and their ambushes...This battle is turning the wrong kind of red...Just sound the retreat..."
Maj. General Susaikov upon hearing about his attack on Kuusamo being stalled by 9. Divisioona through forest ambushes and the unfavourable initial casualty counts, recounted by his second in command to a Commitee member, in confidence...

"Men, today we show the world that a well-rested and determined Soviet Rifleman is worth 3 tired Finnish soldiers,..., strike quickly and violently and we will catch them with their trousers on their ankles..."

Maj. General Vatutin's speech to his men before the Shocking attack of his 43 SD on almost 3 times it's number in Finnish troops in Tolvajärvi, published in all the newspapers, the fact that casualty numbers for the battle weren't in our favour was not mentioned, of course...

"Do these men ever give up? Where do they even get the energy or the rest to keep pulling this off? If they had 20 of these Divisions we would be in serious trouble, every time you think you have beaten them back and they really need rest, they come back, charging at our lines..."

Maj. General Solyankin, about 4. Divisioona, when faced with their surprise attack on his lines in Lohja, overheard by a Committee asset in his temporary 191 SD HQ​

Kuusamo

Kuusamo-Finnish-defender-with-Lahti-Saloranta_M-26.jpg

A soldier from
9. Divisioona lying in wait in the forests of Kuusamo. small Ambushes like this one slowed the Soviet advance to a crawl, and cost many lives...
In the north, the battle for Kuusamo continued, with the 9.000 Attackers of 28 GSD being Ambushed at every turn by 9. Divisioona's 8.698 men, using the dense forest as the perfect cover. Maj. General Susaikov was pulling his hair out at the reports from the front, if you could even call it that, and at Midnight on the 30th, he had enough of the slow pace of the advance, and especially the price being paid for every gained meter, he ordered a full retreat, but for 189 of his Mountaineers it had been too late, the fact that 105 Finnish Infantrymen were also killed in the initial stages of the attack was little consolation, as this late in the war, the price seemed just too steep, Maj. General Sundman thus cunningly won this battle, for a price, even though he could never hope to win the war...

Värtsilä

The battle for Värtsilä continued, and at 3am, Maj. General Vatutin SK4 managed to reinforce his Attack another 9.960 men in the shape of 78 SD. No reinforcements were available for the 8.808 Defending Finns. Hoping to press home his numerical advantage, Maj. General Vatutin ordered a full-on Assault, and Maj. General Hanell SK2, DD tried to use the increased speed of the Soviet advance against them through the use of Elastic Defence tactics. It was clear 11. Divisioona was never going to win this one, but they put up a remarkably good fight, with 400 Soviet and 475 Finnish soldiers killed in action.


Suojärvi 2

After the 3rd battle for
Vokhtozero, Maj. General Eremenko SK3 decided to eliminate the source of Maj. General Popov's problems. At 1pm on the 31st of March, he sent 29.998 Motorised Riflemen into an Attack on Suojärvi:
With
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5 MSD and 36 MSD coming from Salmi in the South-East, and 84 MSD coming from Veshkelitsy in the South, 21 Divisioona's 8.998 men were sure to have a hard time Defending the province.
On the 1st of April, as the Soviets stepped up their efforts with an Assault on the Finnish lines,
Maj. General Talvela SK3, OD ordered Ambushes to be set up, hoping to catch the Soviet columns on the move. However, they lost the element of surprise to our valiant Motorcyclists, and a 3am the next day, we had won the battle, with 203 Soviet, and 411 Finnish casualties.

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Motorcycle troops, essential to scout the road and sniff out ambushes ahead of the main columns of our Motorised Rifle Divisions. These men use a TIZ AM-600 motorcycle from 1936. (Lucky there weren't any Polish Cavalrymen in those bushes, or some might have lost their head the old fashioned way...)
Tohmajärvi & Tolvajärvi

In a small ten minute skirmish,
Maj. General Firin's fresh 9.991 man 4 SD chased away the tired 8.990 man 12. DIvisioona which had stumbled into it's path in Tohmajärvi. 4 Russians, and 7 Finns were killed around 4am on the 6th of April.

On the 7th,
Maj. General Vatutin SK4 made, what can only be described as the boldest move of the war. He sent his own 9.992 man 43 SD into a Shock attack on the 25.182 Finnish troops stationed in Tolvajärvi. General Walden SK3 was leading 21. Divisioona, 12. Divisioona, and 13. Divisioona from his 1st Army HQ. He tried to Delay the overeager Riflemen, but this was just what had been expected, making their Shock tactics even more effective. The chaos amongst the already exhausted Finns was complete, and soon 2 entire Divisions were fleeing the battlefield, 13. Divisioona fled at 8pm and 21. Divisioona at 10pm. 12. Divisioona managed to hang on until the next morning until, outnumbered and disorganised, they gave up at 8am. 189 Soviet and 79 Finnish casualties were counted.


Helsinki, Lohja, & Lohja 2

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Helsinki, peaceful as ever, only a few shots were fired at the city's outskirts, and no bombs were dropped on it, it is thus quite pristine...
On the 2nd of April, Maj. General Solyankin SK2, BM and his 9.997 man 191 SD, took control of Helsinki. Resting on their laurels wasn't an option for the Riflemen, as the next day, at 2pm, 10.496 Finns were Attacking their own capital. Lead by Maj. General Valve SK3, 4. DIvisioona is a well-lead and tough veteran unit and although it wasn't fully reinforced nor rested, our riflemen were preparing to Defend for a while. Maj. General Valve had other ideas, and an hour later he pulled back his men, having lost 8 of his men, and killed 13 of ours. Some in the committee have suggested that he wanted to rattle the Soviets so their advance would be delayed.

If the intent had been to delay
191 SD, 2 days was all that was achieved, as at 7am on the 5th, Maj. General Solyankin sent his 9.996 men into Lohja, where they aimed to Shock 4. Divisioona out of the trenches the now 10.834 men were Defending. Thanks to the element of surprise, the violence of the Soviet attack, Naval and Air bombardment, the battle only lasted until 6pm, when the once proud 4. Divisioona retreated towards Hanko in disarray, leaving 88 of their comrades, and 76 dead Russians behind.

On the 7th at 3am,
Maj. General Valve, having retreated his 10.474 men of 4. Divisioona into a corner (Hanko), launched another surprising Attack on Maj. General Solyankin's 191. SD, this time in Lohja. With their backs against the wall, the Gulf of Finland in this case, it seems that the Finns decided that this would be their last hurrah. The 9.995 Defending riflemen were stunned by the Finns' eagerness to continue the fight. On the 8th, as things were getting ever more desperate for 4. Divisioona, the Finns went all out with a Reckless Assault, which Maj. General Solyankin tried to Delay, knowing that the Finns were exhausted close to the point of breaking. This made the Finns even more reckless, before they inevitably broke at 7am, after 4 hours of sprinting, not cautiously advancing, towards a dug in enemy. In a mere 28 hours of fighting, 206 Finns and 196 Soviets were killed.

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Finnish reinforcements arrive at
Lohja to join 4. Divisioona, right before 191 SD Attacks the province.
NB: Finnish Coast

Following the capture of
Helsinki, the Heavy Cruiser Ilmarinen, flagship of the Finnish Navy was forced out of it's port, and straight into the Red Banner Baltic Fleet, led by Rear Admiral Kuznetsov SK3, ST. At noon on the 2nd of April, the ship was sighted and both 1. KPA, and 2. KPA scrambled from the flight decks of the Moskva and the Leningrad respectively to engage it. Finnish navy Rear Admiral Horola SK2 wasn't rattled by the first bombs and torpedoes and manoeuvred his ship to get the best possible shot at the Soviet Battleship closest to him, the Parizhskaya Kommuna. While the Finns fired their first salvos at the old Dreadnought (previously the "Sevastopol"), the Parizhskaya Kommuna, as well as it's sister ship and pride of the Soviet Navy, Oktyabrskaya Revoluciya, as well as the Heavy Cruiser Krasnyi Kavkaz, and a couple of Norvik-Class Destroyers of 5. FE opened fire all at the same time. At 3pm, the Ilmarinen, pride (and all) of the Finnish navy, went down, and it's 403 man crew with it, the kill was attributed to the Parizhskaya Kommuna, which itself sustained extensive damage to it's front turret and the loss of 172 crew members, another 97 sailors died on board of various Norvik-Class Destroyers, as they tried to shield the Battleship from the Finnish Cruiser's shells.

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The Parizhkaya Kommuna claimed it's first kill, the pride of the Finnish Navy, at the cost of 172 of it's sailors...
The war from the Air

Lt. General Yakovlev SK3, TB 's II BAK flew 14 missions with it's 200 Yak-4's based out of Leningrad:
From the 30th of March to the 1st of April, 8 missions were flown over Värtsilä, killing 730 out of 14.912 Finns, 4 downed Aeroplanes.
On the 1st and the 2nd of April, 3 missions were flown over
Suojärvi, killing 262 out of 8.737 Finns, 1 downed Aeroplanes.
On the 7th and the 8th of April, 3 missions were flown over
Tolvajärvi, killing 260 out of 34.050 Finns, 3 downed Aeroplanes.
Lt. General Zhigarev SK3, TB 's I ShAK flew 8 missions with it's 200 Il-2's, and 100 La-5's based out of Leningrad:
On the 3rd of April, 1 mission was flown over Lohja, killing 47 out of 10.483 Finns, no downed Aeroplanes.
On the 5th of April, another 2 missions were flown over
Lohja, killing 147 out of 10.826 Finns,1 downed Il-2 Aeroplane.
On the 7th and the 8th of April,
5 missions were flown over Hanko, killing 207 out of 10.744 Finns, 1 Il-2 and 1 La-5 downed.
Lt. General Golovanov SK3, CB 's I BAK flew just 2 missions with it's 200 Yak-4's, based out of Murmansk.
All were flown over Kuusamo on the 30th, killing 116 out of 8.493 Finns, 1 downed Aeroplanes.
To sum things up:
Soviet Union:

Men sent into Battle: 1.476.414 (+89.929), ground combat casualties for finished battles: 8.595 (+1.270) men,
Planes sent into Battle: 5.697 = (Air Battles only), 170 (+12) planes lost (99(+9) Yak-4's, 2 DB-3's, 22 SB-2's, 12(+5) CAG's, 9(+2) Il-2, 10(+1) La-5's, 23 Su-2's, 5 I-16's)
Men lost at sea: 269 (+269)
Finland:
Men sent into Battle: 807.109 (+75.247), ground combat casualties for finished battles 14.748 (+1.379) men, Bombing Casualties: 22.913 (+1.769), POW: ca. 38.860
Planes sent into Battle: 1.029 = (Air Battles only), at least 1/4 planes lost.
Men lost at sea: 963 (+403) The casualties of the previous naval battle were added to the total of this one...

FWW09:04:40.jpeg

Finland on the 9th of April 1940,
note the heroic
4. Divisioona still holding out in Hanko
note the Finns about to get encircled once Tolvajärvi is in our hands
note
70 SD, already moving into Turku unopposed
There was a small boost in Finnish Supplies and reinforcement, as Supply networks were established from Vaasa after the fall of Helsinki, which had been the heart of the centralised supply system, it had been linked with the rest of the country by only a single road for a while...Vaasa doesn't have that problem...yet...
Our spies and Analysts are having trouble making out if Finland will surrender after the fall of
Turku or if we also need to capture Vaasa as well, we will have to see once our troops get to Turku...

The next step after the now clearly inevitable victory over Finland is being heavily debated, and with Germans in Norway, the supporters of the Sweden strategy have lost some support, some members are talking about taking Turkey, just because we can, and to make sure, but as both countries are pretty neutral right now, we are talking long term benefits and short term drawbacks here. More elaborate proposals will surely be submitted by the end of the current war. A fragile peace is also an option of course...

Greetings,

'Odin'
 
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Motorcycle troops, essential to scout the road and sniff out ambushes ahead of the main columns of our Motorised Rifle Divisions. These men use a TIZ AM-600 motorcycle from 1936. (Lucky there weren't any Polish Cavalrymen in those bushes, or some might have lost their head the old fashioned way...)
The next step after the now clearly inevitable victory over Finland is being heavily debated.
Liked the Polish Cavalry reference - most amusing!

As for next steps ... will attacking anyone else now produce any notable net benefits? A bit of experience and better laws maybe, but I guess you risk opening up fronts that would otherwise seem pretty secure (Turkey or Sweden). Or just prepare until the Hun loses patience. If there wasn't a clear net benefit for another attack, I'd be persuaded to 'stay historical', especially as this extended war with Finland will have stretched things out more than in OTL.
 

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As for next steps ... will attacking anyone else now produce any notable net benefits? A bit of experience and better laws maybe, but I guess you risk opening up fronts that would otherwise seem pretty secure (Turkey or Sweden). Or just prepare until the Hun loses patience. If there wasn't a clear net benefit for another attack, I'd be persuaded to 'stay historical', especially as this extended war with Finland will have stretched things out more than in OTL.

I think we should, as Comrade Bullfilter said, "stay historical". I am not happy with those numbers of the last report - too many Soviets Heroes vs. the Fins died in the battles.

True, the Navy gave us a Great Victory and delivered a mighty blow to the Fins' will to fight. And our Glorious Air Force is as effective as ever!

Yet while there are some advantages to starting a few tiny wars - keeping our industry on a war-time standing - I think we will need more time to build and think about our upcoming conflict with Fascist Germany AND likely the rest of the Axis powers. Or whatever allies they will have at the time. We don't want to seem too big a threat and have the Capitalists declare war on us. That would be...embarrassing.
 
9th of April 1940, 'Odin', 10-day report #119

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The 9th of April 1940, Helsinki, 1,9°C, 10am Moscow Time,

Report on the state of the Soviet Union for the ten day period between the 31st of March and the 9th of April 1940,

by 'Odin'

Army:
The first Soviet Heavy Tank Guards Division, 3. Tyazhelaya Tankovaya Gvardeyskaya Diviziya, H Arm, Gdsx2, Eng, has been deployed to
Lt. General Muzich's XXIX GvSK.

Army numbers (Brigades/Personnel) Reserves included (these numbers don't include regiments being upgraded):
Front line troops: 545 / 1.635.000
Support troops: 160 / 160.000
Total fighting troops: 705 / 1.795.000
Headquarters: 53 / 53.000
Total Army Personnel: 754 / 1.838.000
Officers: 65.451 + / 76.490 needed / 85,568 %
Active Leaders: 220 / 128 Reserve
A brand new Infx3, AT, Art Division has started training
Production has started on 2 more Regiments of 122mm Artillery
Army Leadership:
New Maj. General Bagramian SK3, OD, LW has been given command of 3. TTGvD, XXIX GvSK, 2ya Tankovaya Armiya, Armoured Army Group, STAVKA.
Air Force:
No changes in the VVS, nor in the Navy Air Fleet.
Navy:
No changes in the navy for the last 10 days
Politics / International:
No legislative changes for the last 10 days.

The Norwegian Front
Norway (Surrender Progress / NU): 0,00 / 85,6
Germany (Surrender Progress / NU): 0,0 / 87,8
GNW09:04:40.jpeg

The Wehrmacht seems to have expanded it's beachhead around Kristinasand, and is headed towards Oslo, for now the Norwegians are still in the fight. No one knows what would happen if the Germans capture their capital however,...
The Dutch Front
The Netherlands (Surrender Progress / NU): 0,00 / 74,6
Germany (Surrender Progress / NU): 0,0 / 87,8
NthsFront09:04:40.jpeg

Essen and Winterswijk have already been captured by the Wehrmacht, but these border provinces aren't strategically or economically important in any way. Some rumours are circulating about a Division of Royal Marines lead by a certain Maj. General Montgomery having arrived in Amsterdam to help out the dutch.
The end of Luxemburg... for now...
Only hours before this update was written, Luxemburg was overrun by the Wehrmacht, the government fled to Paris at the last moment, and is now officially in exile...
LuxemburgSurrender09:04:40.jpeg

Luxemburg, just integrated into the Third Reich. Note that the Maginot line is holding back the hun quite well as France hasn't lost a single province...yet.
Industry:
Industry Numbers:
Working Industrial Capacity / available capacity: 235 / 317
IC Usage: ( Allocated IC / Need )
Upgrades: 22,72 / 39,44
Reinforcement: 2,88 / 2,88
Supplies: 22,86 / 37,70
Production: 240,00 / 244,01
Consumer Goods: 28,53 / 28,53 =​
Stockpiles:
Energy: 99.990 tonnes +
Metal: 79.761 tonnes +
Rares: 28.461 tonnes +
Crude: 84.405 barrels +
Supplies: 28.290 tonnes -
Fuel: 99.355 barrels -
Money: 1.978 +
Intelligence:
Spy numbers, spies in (active / added / lost / caught by us)
France (Tech Espionage / Counterespionage): 10 / 0 / 0 / 2
{ Germany (/): 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 }
{ Japan (/): 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 }
{ UK (/): 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 }​
Other: 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Total: 10 / 0 / 0 / 2
Reserves: 4
Spy training leadership expenditure: 0,3
A short focus on counterespionage by our French spy teams seems to have temporarily knocked out the sureté nationale's counterespionage operation, enabling full concentration on stealing technology, let's hope our spies can find something useful to justify their funding...
Research:
Better Bridging Equipment (Level 2) designs are now ready for production, these will be sent to all of our Engineer Regiments, allowing them to assist river crossing more effectively
The researchers are now looking into improved Assault Weapons (Level 2) for our Engineers to help them deal with fortifications...
Our BT-7M's have will now be severely upgraded with the development of a new Medium Tank Engine (Level 3), the V-2 Diesel.
And the development of a new 76.2mm F-34 Medium Tank Gun (Level 3).
Now the research is going towards development of a better Light Tank Engine (Level 4), as well as improving Medium Tank Reliability (Level 3).

LS DIstrubution:
Research: 17,80 =
Espionage: 0,30 =
Diplomacy: 0,02 =
Officers: 5,40 (+0,2) (27 officers / day)
Total: 23,52 (+0,2)
Some of the scientists in Helsinki were willing to assist with our Research programmes, all in the interest of science of course... This left some of our own clever minds to train some more officers.
Statistics:
National Unity: 82,813 (+0,01)
Neutrality: 0,00 =
Dissent: 0,00 =
Manpower:
Available: 1.955.000 Men
To reinforce(need): 3.150 Men
To mobilise(need): See above
Monthly gain: 44.800 (+1.000) Men, We found some more willing recruits for the Red Army in Helsinki (1 fully mobilised Infx3, AT Division every 7,6 days)​
Party Popularity
- Communist Party: 54 (-1)
- Trotskyite: 11 (-4)
- Bukharinite: 2 =

- Octobrist: 7 =
- Social-Revolutionary: 10 (-1)
- Trudoviks: 2 =
- Kadets: 5 (+4)

- Tsarists: 3 =
- NTS: 5 (+3)
- POA: 3 =
The Communist Party is losing popularity again, but thanks to a more divided opposition, no other faction even has a realistsic claim for a seat at the table, our government is no longer fractured...
Party Organisation:
- Communist Party: 64,2 (+0,5)
- Trotskyite: 12,20 (-0,1)
- Bukharinite: 7,30 (-0,1)

- Octobrist: 7,80 (-0,1)
- Trudoviks: 4,60 (-0,1)
- Social-Revolutionary: 0,00 =
- Kadets: 0,00 =

- Tsarists: 1,20 (-0,1)
- NTS: 2,10 (-0,1)
- POA: 0,00 =
Convoy Raiding:
No Finnish merchant vessels nor Escort Vessels were sunk in last ten days
This Information is accurate on the morning of the 9th of April 1940, I hope it serves you well in fine-tuning your possible suggestions.

'Odin'
 
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Hmmm, April 1940: the fortune-tellers among us are expecting the big spring hammer blow to fall soon on the Capitalists: let's hope the French can bleed the Fascists heavily, to make them all ripe for the proletarian revolution!

It seems (per previous discussions) the prolonged Finnish campaign is probably giving you the bulk of the wartime experience and laws you need before the expected war with the Germans. Manpower loss through casualties isn't ultimately going to be the same problem for you as it will be for the Germans.

That officer ratio is still very low (85.6% rounded). How high do you now think you can get it by around May 1941, given new unit builds will continue to soak up many of the newly trained officers you produce?
 

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As for next steps ... will attacking anyone else now produce any notable net benefits? A bit of experience and better laws maybe, but I guess you risk opening up fronts that would otherwise seem pretty secure (Turkey or Sweden). Or just prepare until the Hun loses patience. If there wasn't a clear net benefit for another attack, I'd be persuaded to 'stay historical', especially as this extended war with Finland will have stretched things out more than in OTL.


I think we should, as Comrade Bullfilter said, "stay historical".


Yet while there are some advantages to starting a few tiny wars - keeping our industry on a war-time standing - I think we will need more time to build and think about our upcoming conflict with Fascist Germany AND likely the rest of the Axis powers. Or whatever allies they will have at the time. We don't want to seem too big a threat and have the Capitalists declare war on us. That would be...embarrassing.

It seems (per previous discussions) the prolonged Finnish campaign is probably giving you the bulk of the wartime experience and laws you need before the expected war with the Germans. Manpower loss through casualties isn't ultimately going to be the same problem for you as it will be for the Germans.

You make a good argument, and as far as war time production goes, we did get quite a bit produced, most notably the entire 50.000 man Guards Rifle Corps, inculding the KV-1's with bigger guns... The added benefits of extra conquest are slim, and it would look very threatening to the Allies...


That officer ratio is still very low (85.6% rounded). How high do you now think you can get it by around May 1941, given new unit builds will continue to soak up many of the newly trained officers you produce?

Keeping up with the rhythm of wartime production is a real headache for our military academies, who keep getting more funding, and keep being overtaken by the increase in the need for officers... More about this in today's update...


Hmmm, April 1940: the fortune-tellers among us are expecting the big spring hammer blow to fall soon on the Capitalists: let's hope the French can bleed the Fascists heavily, to make them all ripe for the proletarian revolution!

We will have to see if Montgomery's Royal Marines Division can slow the Germans down in Netherlands... Otherwise, I fear your fortune-telling might be correct...

I am not happy with those numbers of the last report - too many Soviets Heroes vs. the Fins died in the battles.

Neither am I, in absolute numbers it's not that many casualties, it's just that the Finns didn't lose that many more. Our commanders must have grown overconfident with the end in sight...

True, the Navy gave us a Great Victory and delivered a mighty blow to the Fins' will to fight. And our Glorious Air Force is as effective as ever!

The navy did well, even though the outcome was never in question, they dispatched that Heavy Cruiser to the bottom of the Finnish Ocean in a satisfyingly swift manner...
For the Glorious Air Force to have this kind of impact in a future war with the Germans, the amount of bombers should probably be doubled or more, and fighter cover would have to be extensive, we will have to see if this can be achieved by 1941...
 
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The 11th of April 1940, Turku, 1,9°C, 10am Moscow Time,

The war in Finland is over, we have won. A short report on the last 2 days:

FWWImpilahtiEcircled10:04:40.jpeg

22. Divisioona surrounded in Impilahti, less than 1 day before the end of the war...

"The Red Army is Attacking you, Finnish fools, not the other way around!"
Maj. General Eremenko SK3, faced with the fact that his 15 MSD and 22. Divisiona had simultaneously attacked each other...
There was only one acceptable tactical response to this situation... a Counter-Attack...

Kollaa & Impilahti

Once
Maj. General Eremenko SK3 arrived with his 10.000 man 15 MSD in Kollaa on the 9th of April, 22. Divisioona, 8.994 men lead by Maj. General Airo SK2 became trapped between Lake Ladoga, and a wall of Red Army Units. The Finns, being encircled, but still in good shape quickly tried to break through the weakest link in the chain of Russians around them, 15 MSD, at 11pm they Attacked. 15 MSD was ready for this and Counter-Attacked the Finns, entirely breaking their advance before it even got of the ground.

At the same exact same time, the Red Army launched an Attack on
Impilahti, with 39.984 men Attacking the 8.994 men of 22. Divisioona from 4 directions:
From
Sortavala to the south-west across the Thokmayoki river, Maj. General Tiulenev SK3's own 104 SD. From Kollaa to the North, 15 MSD. From Suojärvi to the North-East, 36 MSD. From Salmi to the South-East, 81 MSD. The Finns desperately tried to Defend themselves from being taken out of the war...
At 1am on the 10th,
15 MSD withdrew from the offensive to concentrate on it's own Counter-Attack in Kollaa, a luxury 22 Divisioona definitely did not have.

Kollaa1.jpg

These Finnish hide-outs were strewn all over
Kollaa, not that they were very useful in Maj. General Eremenko's Counter-Attack
Both battles ended at midnight on the 10th of April as the Finnish Armed Forces signed an unconditional surrender, and what was left of it's Army and Air Force was promptly disbanded. In Kollaa, 97 Russians and 133 Finns had died, in Impilahti, another 65 Russians, and 288 Finns lost their lives.

Ilomantsi

At 1am on the 10th of April
Maj. General Biriuzov SK3, DD decided Maj. General Vatutin's approach in Tolvajärvi was something to emulate, and promptly sent his own 9.991 man 84 MSD into Ilomantsi. 23.546 Finns were waiting for him under the leadership of Field Marshall Nenonen SK3, FB himself as his 1st Army Group HQ was also present in the province. The Finnish Units 21. DIvisioona, 13. Divisioona, and 11. Divisioona weren't exactly well rested, but they were fighting for the continued existence of their units and thus vigorously Defended from the Soviet Attack. At 7am 13. DIvisioona was too tired to continue. Under heavy VVS bombardment, Field Marshall Nenonen then decided to relocate his HQ to the north at 2pm. Maj. General Hanell SK3, DD then took overall command of the Defence, before his 11. Divisioona retreated due to the men's exhaustion at 6pm. By the time of the Armistice only Maj. General Talvela SK3, OD and his 21. Divisioona were still fighting for the province. Nevertheless, the initial Finnish numerical advantage had lead to a wrong-sided casualty count, with 299 Soviet Riflemen and only 96 Finnish Infatnry dead.

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The roads in
Ilomantsi, not exactly ideal for the trucks of 84 MSD, but that wasn't their biggest problem...
The war from the Air

Lt. General Yakovlev SK3, TB 's II BAK flew 3 missions with it's 200 Yak-4's based out of
Leningrad:
All of them were flown over
Ilomantsi, killing 275 out of 23.593 Finns, 1 downed Aeroplane.

To sum things up:
Soviet Union:

Men sent into Battle: 1.536.389 (+59.975), ground combat casualties for finished battles: 9.056 (+461) men,
Planes sent into Battle: 5.697 = (Air Battles only), 171 (+1) planes lost (100(+1) Yak-4's, 2 DB-3's, 22 SB-2's, 12 CAG's, 9(+2) Il-2, 10 La-5's, 23 Su-2's, 5 I-16's)
Men lost at sea: 269 =
Finland:
Men sent into Battle: 848.632 (+41.523), ground combat casualties for finished battles 15.265 (+517) men, Bombing Casualties: 23.188 (+275), POW: ca. 38.860
Planes sent into Battle: 1.029 = (Air Battles only), at least 1/4 planes lost.
Men lost at sea: 963 =

After
70 SD walked into Turku without firing a shot, the loss of their last ship only days earlier, and the capture of Helsinki only weeks ago, the whole of Finland had finally had enough and surrendered unconditionally...
Part of the Government fled from Vaasa in a Ju-52 with German markings, they would go on to set up a government 'in exile', or as 'Tri' put it:


"A government of Nothing, nowhere and no one"

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Most of the Finnish government was on board this plane to go to Berlin and form a 'A Government of Nothing'. Shooting them down was impossible as they were gone before a single fighter could be rebased within range...
A list of the 28 Red Army Units that were active in this war, in order of first Appearance, all of them will get the campaign medal:
67. SD, Infx3, AT, Maj. General Bogdanov I.A. SK2-3
70. SD, Infx3, AT, Maj. General Frenkel SK2-3
73. SD, Infx3, AT, Maj. General Lebedenko SK2-3, LW, WS
38. SD, Infx3, AT,
Maj. General Kurasov SK3
8. SD, Infx3, AT, Maj. General Povetkin SK2-3
191. SD, Infx3, AT, Maj. General Solyankin SK1-2, BM

43. SD, Infx3, AT, Maj. General Vatutin SK3-4
78. SD, Infx3, AT, Maj. General Rodin A.G. SK3, BM

57. MSD, Motx3, Eng, Maj. General Popov M.M. SK3-4, DD

122. SD, Infx3, AT, Maj. General Nikishin SK2-3
31. SD, Infx3, AT, Maj. General Parkhomenko SK2
18. GSD, Mtnx3, Maj. General Gorbatov. SK3
2. GarD, Garx3, Art, Maj. General Goryahov SK1, OG

54. SD, Infx3, AT, Maj. General Chernyak SK2
4. SD, Infx3, AT, Maj. General Firin SK1-2, WS
142. SD, Infx3, AT, Maj. General Tjernjakovskij SK3

23. SD, Infx3, AT, Maj. General Dement'ev SK2, FB

15. MSD, Motx3, Eng, Maj. General Eremenko SK3
81. MSD, Motx3, Eng, Maj. General Remezov F.N. SK2,
14. SD, Infx3, AT, Maj. General Trofimenko SK3
75. SD, Infx3, AT, Maj. General Ptuhin SK3
138. GSD, Mtnx3, Maj. General Riabyzhev SK2

104. SD, Infx3, AT, Maj. General Tiulenev SK3

36. MSD, Motx3, Eng, Maj. General Maslennikov SK3

28. GSD, Mtnx3, Maj. General Susaikov SK3
177. SD, Infx3, AT, Maj. General Efremov SK2

84. MSD, Motx3, Eng, Maj. General Biriuzov SK3, DD

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These were the uniforms worn in the victory parade...

The Order of Lenin was given to 5 Maj. Generals:
Maj. General Bogdanov I.A. SK2-3
Maj. General Lebedenko SK2-3, LW, WS
Maj. General Vatutin SK3-4
Maj. General Popov M.M. SK3-4, DD
Maj. General Nikishin SK2-3
The upper echelons of 1ya Armiya will not be sent to Siberia for their blunders at the start of the winter war, let us hope they learn from their mistakes...
Lt. General Popov V.S. SK3, WS of XXIII SK, will receive the order of Lenin for the successful amphibious capture of Viipuri.
VVS Units:

I BAK, Tacx2, Lt. General Golovanov SK3, CB
137 Missions


I IAK, Intx4, Lt. General Khudyakov SK4, SAT
12 Missions


I ShAK, CASx2, and later CASx2, Ftr Lt. General Zhigarev SK3, TB120 Missions
II BAK, Tacx2, Lt. General Yakovlev SK3, TB
132 Missions

All four commanders will be receiving the order of Lenin for their outstanding support of the troops on the ground.
An honourable mention for the Red Banner Baltic Fleet and Rear Admiral Kuznetsov SK4, ST, who will be receiving the Order of Lenin for his sinking of the entire Finnish Navy and the continuous shore bombardments by his Red Banner Baltic Fleet.
30. Flotiliya Podlodok will be getting the Order of Lenin as a unit, for the cooperative sinking by the five Submarines, of the Heavy Cruiser Väinämöinen. Cunningly they had sneaked up on the Cruiser during the first battle of the Finnish coast, and fired all of their torpedoes at point blank range before quickly submerging...

EndOfTheWar.jpeg

The Finns seemed to think another war between Germany and the Soviet Union could help them regain independence, but without a county or an Army, the chances seem slim...

Our Military Academies have announced that the Officer Corps has been Restored, the bright minds responsible for this reorganisation will be available for research projects and officer training as of tomorrow. (The -15% LS modifier has been lifted). They have all been given the Order of Lenin for their fight against Military and Bureaucratic chaos

Our Universities have reported that being in control of the Gulf of Finland (Strategic effect) should improve our education system, giving us another 10% more clever people...
as of tomorrow...

XXII GSK has started redeploying north to the new Soviet-Norway border.

XXIII SK is on it's way to join 6ya Armiya, guarding the northern portion of the German Border between Palanga and the outskirts of Bialystok

XIV MSK has started redeploying towards Vitsyebsk, it will stay there for now, as a mobile reserve

The rest of
1ya Armiya has started redeploying to Brzesc Litewski, to man the front around the city, as this area seems to be covered by neither 6ya Armiya in the north nor 7ya Armiya to the south.

The committee has started reviewing plans for another reshuffle of the Army leadership, integrating this year's brilliant recruits, and the increase in ability of the Winter War Veterans.

Peace has returned, but it is shakier than ever, as an Axis member has lost all armed forces and territory, it would be surprising if the Germans didn't try something eventually. Considering the rising geopolitical tension, the cooler heads in the Committee seem to have prevailed and all other invasion plans have been shelved, for now. I'm off to a top secret victory party, secret committee only,

Let's drink to our brave riflemen, and unwavering pilots, and lest we forget them, our efficient sailors,

Greetings,

'Odin'
 
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Glorious Victory Comrade!

Before we get off the subject of Finland may I ask some questions?

1. What are the revolt risks like in the territory of Finland?
2. What type of government is being put into place?
3. Are there any plans for Military Police or Garrisons to be stationed within the urban centers?
 

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Before we get off the subject of Finland may I ask some questions?

But of course you may.

1. What are the revolt risks like in the territory of Finland?

With all these soldiers in the territory right now, really low, except in Hanko, where 4. Divisioona was holding out, there it's 4.5%, everywhere else it's less than 0.5%

2. What type of government is being put into place?

A collaboration government has been put in place, this was mentioned in a previous update quite some time ago, but not confirmed if I recall. People from the local communist party will handle day to day affairs, with some Soviet oversight. We need the leadership of Finnish scholars very badly, and mistreating them or their friends isn't going to get them on our side. Resources and Industry are plentiful in the rest of the Soviet Union, so that's not a problem either.

3. Are there any plans for Military Police or Garrisons to be stationed within the urban centers?

There will be some Garrisons to be stationed in urban areas (Helsinki) and some ports that aren't, these will be trained piecemeal as industrial capacity becomes available, it will be shortly mentioned in the next update as well.
Military Police will hardly be necessary as the Finns have their own Police force under the authority of the friendly Finnish Communist Party. Our Garrisons are there to assist and to defend from possible invasions, recruitment for these Garrisons is open to members of the Finnish Communist party, and even friends of members... the commanders and most officers will of course be from the Soviet Union...
 

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Congratulations and felicitations to the Comrades of the Red Army and of course the Secret Committee! I'm sure Some rousing renditions of The Internationale were sung into the small hours - the musicality helped of course by some good Russian vodka!

A period of consolidation, development and watching events develop in the West now beckons. Tri will be busy!