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Posted: October 04, 2011 08:04 pm
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The remains of the Soviet 44th Infantry Division along the Suomussalmi road

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GlYHaddVlw
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Posted: October 05, 2011 05:10 am
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Interesting footage, thanks for sharing
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Posted: October 05, 2011 06:36 am
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How did the finns manage to ambush such a huge and heavilly armed divisional marching column?
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Posted: October 05, 2011 07:12 am
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A tactic called motti described here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Raate
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Posted: October 05, 2011 05:49 pm
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Without claiming to possess solid knowledge of military tactics, I dare to say that the tactics used by the Finns in the Winter War seem to include characteristics of the partisan war (ambush, harass, trap, feint). It's also true that the weather and terrain seemed to disadvantage more the Soviet side... as will later disadvantage the Germans in their campaign in the USSR...
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Posted: February 06, 2012 05:52 pm
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QUOTE (21 inf @ October 05, 2011 06:36 am)
How did the finns manage to ambush such a huge and heavilly armed divisional marching column?

Very rarely did the Soviets venture from the roads. All the Finns did was ambush them at various points, block the road and then reduce each pocket one by one. The famous motti battles that dragos already posted a link to, although this wasn't a Finnish tactic prior to the war, it sort of developed as the war was being fought.

A very good general overview of the Winter War if you are interested:

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This post has been edited by R. Evans on February 06, 2012 05:54 pm
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