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1944-45 Murmansk Siege (Hitler’s World)

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1944-45 Murmansk siege
Finn ski troops Finnish troops in action near Murmansk during 1945.
Beginning:

September 12, 1944

End:

December 22, 1945

Place:

Murmansk Oblast, the Kola Peninsula and Soviet Lapland.

Outcome:

A narrow Finnish and German victory.

Major battles:

Murmansk City
Kola town
Pulerzero town
Port Vladimir.

Combatants

Flag of Finland 1920-1978 (State) Finland
Reichskriegsflagge38-45 Germany
Flag of Hungary (1920–1946) Hungary
Flag of the Karelo-Finnish SSR Karelo-Finnish nationalist rebels
Flag of Lithuania 1939 Lithuanian Volunteers
Flag of Nazi Norway Norwegen Quislings
Flag of Denmark Danish Quislings

Flag of the Soviet Union (1923-1955) USSR
Flag of the Karelo-Finnish SSR Karelo-Finnish communist malitias
Flag of Romania (1965-1989) Românian communist rebels.

Commanders

Flag of Finland 1920-1978 (State) Marshal Erich Von-Mannerheim
Reichskriegsflagge38-45 Herman Von-Kelenhoffa
Reichskriegsflagge38-45 Kurt De-Hansel.

Flag of the Soviet Union (1923-1955)Ivan Konev
Flag of Romania (1965-1989) Ion Imre Ceausescu.

Strength

32,000

≈ 128,000

Casualties and Losses

≈ 12,000

17,000

Overview

The yearlong land siege and naval blockade proved only partly successful as the Germans were mostly prone to frostbite. Kola fell to Finnish forces after heavy close-quarters combat between the December 4th and 8th, 1944. The use of a cutting edge ultra-sound technology sonic-weapon in the September of 1945, the continued heavy use of CS gas, continued over-land raids by the Finns and the clever use of modified Panzer III and Tiger I tanks finally finished the job in the town of Pulerzero and the southern suburbs of Murmansk city itself, but the remainder held out as an isolated Soviet enclave. Despite the narrow victory, the German, Hungarian and Romanian communist forces had been devastated by frost bite, unlike the Finnish, Lithuanian volunteers, Danish and Soviet s as temperatures fell as low as -30C. in the December of 1944.

Causes of the conflict

A nationalist rebellion in the Karelo-Finnish SSR and Soviet Lapland had left a sizable pocket of Soviet troops cut off in the naval port of Murmansk.

Tactics

Finnish hit-and-run raids were slowly whittling the Soviets away, but supplies were still coming in by see from Arkhangelsk after an important German cruiser had hit a sea-mine near Prestemo, Finland. Landmines were scattered around the Soviet defensive pocket, impeding Germany's advance and destroying several of their tanks. Some of the mines were cleared by Finnish sappers. Several reindeer were herded in to the minefield around the town of Kola on December 2nd, 1944 and sacrificed their lives unwittingly clearing the mines with their feet. The town fell between the December 4th and 8th, 1944.

The possibility of an advanced German sonic-weaponry device that produced ultra and infra-sound was successfully played out from September 12 to September 19, 1945. produced frequency that caused heavy vibration of victims the eyeballs and therefore distortion of vision that, It was initially set to generating ultra-sound and infra-sound frequencies of 18.9 Hz, 0.3 Hz, and 9 Hz. The device was also using a ultra-high frequency blast of around 19–20 kHz to hurt people's ears in the front line positions (many dogs went deaf after a few days exposure to this).

Result

Finnish-Soviet-army

Karelo-Finnish communist malitia men in a trench near Kola.

A narrow Finnish and German victory.

Political outcome

Germany advances in to the frozen wastes of Siberia and Lapland were deemed impractical, with the Finns taking their place on the front line. The siege was otherwise on the whole more lethal to the German, Hungarian and Romanian communist forces than any one else due to the devastating effects of mass frost bite. Large parts of the west and north of the Karelo-Finnish SSR were re-attached to it's historic, ethnic and historical kindred in Finland, but the rest would remain Soviet for many years to come.

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