Counterattack at Portinhoikka
After heavy fighting at Kuuterselkä and Rokkalanjoki; the Battalion had its well deserved rest. The Armored Division was on the reserve at Juustila, northeast of Vyborg. Vyborg was lost 20th June after an chaotic defence. The Soviet attention now shifted on the road network which went through the munincipality of Tali.
June 25, 1944
Soviets had managed to break through and capture the important crossroad at Portinhoikka. Armored Division is assigned to retake the lost positions and to reclaim the important crossroad. Enemy armor had managed to break in and utilize the road. The task for our company was simple: Destroy the enemy forces and armor and retake the crossroad.
We had support of friendly armor, including an T-34/76 tank and heavier KV-1 tank. These proved valuable in terms of direct fire support against enemy infantry and tanks. Especially on the start of the mission we encountered heavy enemy resistance including snipers and AT-guns. After hour of fighting, we managed to take the crossroad which soviets attempted to retake with an swift counterattack. With the help of the friendly armor and heavy anti-tank weapons we managed to hold.
We'll be carrying on our advance from the crossroad with tank support once rest of the Battalion arrives...