67. THE FINNISH BORDER HEXES
67.1 RUSSIAN TERRITORIAL DEMANDS
67.2 BORDER WAR
67.3 CONQUEST OF THE FINNISH BORDER HEXES
67.4 RUSSO-FINNISH WAR
67.5 FINLAND AFTER A GERMAN ATTACK ON RUSSIA
67.1 RUSSIAN TERRITORIAL DEMANDS:
67.11 RUSSIAN DEMANDS: Russia may demand territorial concessions from Finland during the diplomatic phase of the Russian Winter 1939 or any subsequent turn, provided the Axis do not control any Finnish hexes, regardless of the current RGT level.
67.12 FINNISH RESPONSE: Finland automatically rejects the Russian demands without the need for a diplomatic die roll for Finland, and a border war breaks out between Russian and Finland.
67.2 BORDER WAR:
67.21 FINNISH DEPLOYMENT: If border war breaks out between Russia and Finland over the Finnish border hexes, one Finnish 2-3 infantry unit must deploy in each of the three Finnish border hexes. The other two Finnish 2-3 infantry units and the Finnish AAF must deploy in Helsinki.
67.22 DURATION: A Russo-Finnish border war begins in the Russian player turn in which Russia attacks Finland and continues until Russia occupies two Finnish border hexes and Finland either concedes the border hexes at the start of the ensuing Axis player turn or risks an all-out war with Russia.
67.23 FIGHTING A BORDER WAR: During a border war:
A. Russian units are subject to the following restrictions:
B. Finnish units may attrition and/or conduct offensive operations at no BRP cost, but may not enter or attack into Russia.
- Russian units may enter the Finnish border hexes, but not Finland proper.
- Russian ZoCs do not extend into Finland proper.
- The Finnish air factor may not be counteraired.
C. Finland may rebuild one infantry unit each turn. The Finnish air unit may only be rebuilt if Finland later allies with Germany (85.482).
67.24 FINLAND GIVES UP: If Finland renounces its claim to the Finnish border hexes at the start of the Axis player turn following the Russian occupation of two Finnish border hexes, Russia gains control of the Finnish border hexes and the Russo-Finnish border war ends. Any Finnish units in the remaining Finnish border hex are repatriated to Finland proper and do not need to be rebuilt. Finland may rebuild one infantry unit each turn. The Finnish air unit may only be rebuilt if Finland later allies with Germany (85.482).
67.25 FINLAND KEEPS FIGHTING: If Finland instead refuses to cede the Finnish border hexes to Russia once Russia occupies two Finnish border hexes, a full scale war breaks out between Russia and Finland without the need for a Russian declaration of war on Finland and without regard to the Russo-German tension level:
A. The restrictions in 67.23A no longer apply to Russian forces, which may enter Finland proper.
B. Finland may no longer end the war by ceding the Finnish border hexes.
C. Finnish units may attrition and conduct offensive operations at no BRP cost.
D. Finland may rebuild one infantry unit each turn. The Finnish air unit may only be rebuilt if Finland later allies with Germany (85.482).
E. During each Finnish player turn following the outbreak of full scale war between Russian and Finland, one neutral Swedish 2-3 infantry unit may sea transport or NR into Helsinki and fight alongside the remaining Finnish units.
F. Finland does not automatically associate with Germany. Germany may only accept a diplomatic result giving it Finnish hex control, association or alliance if Germany declares war on Russia in the player turn in which the result is achieved (49.58).
- If Finland has associated or allied with Germany and there are no Russian units in Finland proper, any neutral Swedish units in Finland immediately return to Sweden. Supply status, transport and sea escort requirements are not considered when relocating Swedish units from Finland.
- Neutral Swedish units which are eliminated in Finland may be rebuilt at the rate of one unit per turn at no BRP cost, and modify Swedish diplomatic rolls until they are rebuilt.
- The naval movement of neutral Swedish units may not be attacked by Russian air units or intercepted by Russian naval units.
G. A full scale Russo-Finnish war ends when Finland is conquered or Russia surrenders to Germany.
67.3 CONQUEST OF THE FINNISH BORDER HEXES:
67.31 CONQUEST: The Finnish border hexes are conquered when all three hexes are controlled by the conquering major power.
67.32 THE FINNISH BORDER HEXES AS PART OF FINLAND: If Russia conquers the Finnish border hexes, the Nazi-Soviet pact line becomes the new Finnish frontier and the remainder of Finland is worth five BRPs. Should the Axis later reconquer the Finnish border hexes, they are reincorporated into Finland and Finland is restored to its full value of 10 BRPs if Finland is under Axis control. If Finland is neutral when the Finnish border hexes are reconquered by the Axis, they are treated as an Axis conquest worth five BRPs until such time as Finland also comes under Axis control. If Russia later conquers the rest of Finland, Finland and the Finnish border hexes remain separate until a later Axis reconquest of both. If the Finnish border hexes are unconquered by Russia when Germany and Russia go to war, they remain part of Finland permanently and it may not be entered by Russia without a separate declaration of war against Finland unless Finland comes under Axis control.
67.4 RUSSO-FINNISH WAR:
67.41 RUSSIAN ATTACK ON FINLAND PROPER: Unless a Russo-Finnish war occurs as a result of a border war (67.25), Russia may only attack Finland proper if allowed to do so by the RGT level. An attack on Finland proper requires a declaration of war costing 10 BRPs. If Russia attacks Finland before it has occupied the Finnish border hexes, Finnish units may set up in the Finnish border hexes.
67.42 Finland does not automatically associate with Germany unless Russia declares war on Finland proper.
67.5 FINLAND AFTER A GERMAN ATTACK ON RUSSIA:
67.51 FINNISH ASSOCIATION AUTOMATIC: If a border war between Finland and Russia has occurred, Finland automatically associates with Germany if Germany and Russia go to war, whether or not the border war has ended, is continuing or has escalated into a full scale Russo-Finnish war.
67.52 NO EFFECT ON RUSSO-GERMAN TENSIONS: Automatic Finnish association, which occurs immediately after Germany and Russia go to war, has no effect on RGT.
67.53 ADDITIONAL DIPLOMATIC DIE ROLL PERMITTED: Automatic Finnish association does not preclude either side from making a diplomatic die roll for Finland in the year Germany declares war on Russia.