There were only a few Finnish troops in the area at the start of the war. The 17th Separate Battalion (Er.P 17) or the "Salla Battalion" was mobilized before the war. Its main components came from a company of the Frontier Guard. The Finnish troops were part of the Lapland Group (Lapin Ryhmä) which was commanded by Major General Kurt Martti Wallenius.
The Soviets attacked with 122nd Rifle Division; it was planned to use also the 88th Rifle Division, but this division didn't participate in combat because of low supplies.
Soviet troops pushed the Finns up to the Kemijoki river, but were unable to break through the Finnish defences on the river. On January 13, the Soviet 9th Army ordered the 122nd Division to retreat to the Märkäjärvi village. After this no major combat operations took place, apart from small skirmishes.
|Battle of Salla|
|Part of Winter War|
Initial Soviet advance November 30 – December 17
|Commanders and leaders|
Swedish GeneralErnst Linder
from 10.2 1940 9,400 Scandinavian volunteers
|Casualties and losses|
|300-500 dead or injured more than 1,000 captured by Finns and 200 by Swedes, 56 tanks destroyed and 12|