NORTHERN THEATRE: Hit Them in the Belly

On the north shore of Lake Laatokka lies the busy sawmill town of Sortavala, strategically as important a town as there is in all of Finland. Sortavala is the junction of two railroads, one leading north to Finland's waist, which the Russians have been trying to cut, the other going southwest to Viipuri and the Mannerheim Line, which the Russians have been trying to storm. Through this town pass Finnish troops withdrawn from one front to reinforce the other. If Russia had Sortavala, the mobility of the Finnish Army would be dangerously...

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