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The report

of the Ninth Army commander
to the High Commander of the Leningrad Military District
on steps and advancing of troops in the planned offensive

№ 0010, 25 Nov. 1939.
I   r e p o r t   the operational steps and pace with reference to locations and timetable:

The 1st phase of the operation is the advance of the 9th Army to the front at Mätijärvi, Hyrynsalmi, Nurmes, deployment of troops and concluding the maneuver for accomplishing immediate Army tasks.
Depth of advance: right flank 90 km, mean daily pace of advance 18 km, task fulfillment 5 days; center 70 km, mean pace of advance 14 km, task fulfillment 5 days; left flank 90 km, mean daily pace of advance 18 km, task fulfillment 5 days.
Rest and redeployment 2 day. Task completion requires 7 days all together: 5 days in combat, 2 resting days, bringing up the rear, replenishment of ammunition.
The 2nd phase of the operation is fulfillment of the immediate Army task: advancing the front to Kemijärvi, Kauppalanmäki.
Depth of advance: right flank 65 km, mean pace of advance 25 km, task fulfillment 3 days; center 65 km, mean pace of advance 25 km, task fulfillment 3 days; left flank 90 km, mean pace of advance 25 km, task fulfillment 4 days.
Rest and redeployment, replenishment of ammunition, bringing up the rear 2 days. Completion of the operation takes 5 6 days in all.
The 3rd phase of the operation are actions needed for taking Oulu and Kemi.
Depth of advance: right flank 90 km, mean pace of advance 30 km, task fulfillment 3 days; center 90 km, mean pace of advance 30 km, task fulfillment 3 days.
One day for advancing to Gulf of Bothnia and completion of the operation.
Time reserve for the whole operation is 3 days. The operation takes 20 days in total.

Commander of the 9th Army
komkor [Lieutenant General] DUKHANOV
Member of the Army War Council
Brigade Commissar FURT
Head of the 1st department of the Army Staff
Colonel YERMOLAYEV

The State War Archives of Russia, Moscow (РГВА). Ф. 34980. Оп. 5. Д. 212. Л. 12. Original.


Source: Тайны и уроки зимней войны, 1939-1940 (Secrets and lessons of the Winter War)/ Под общ. ред. Т14 В.А. Золотарева. СПб.: ООО Издательство Полигон, 2002. (Военно-историческая библиотека). ISBN 5-89173-146-0
The English translation by Pauli Kruhse is based on the translation from Russian into Finnish, which is kindly provided by Lahja Huovila.

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