When the Finnish Supreme HQ realized on the 10th of June 1944 that the Soviets had launched their 4th strategic strike, the Petrozavodsk-Viborg Offensive, an immediate request of weaponry and additional troops whatsoever was handed to the Germans.
At first the request was almost ignored, mainly because the Germans were uncertain about the Finnish moral. Finnish inquiry about the terms of a possible peace treaty with the enemy made the Germans even more suspicious. Despite of that the Oberkommando des Heeres ordered the Heeresgruppe Nord to issue one StuG unit (Assault Gun Brigade 303) to the Karelian Isthmus.
The German Minister of the Foreign Affairs, Joachim Ribbentrop, arrived Finland on the 22nd, starting negotiations with President Risto Ryti. Four days later Ryti guaranteed that he or his administration will not sign any peace treaty whatsoever - and here we see one of the results, German StuG IVs somewhere at the Viipuri Bay sector in July.
These assault guns belonged to the Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 1122. This 10-gun strong unit, commanded by Hauptmann Siegfried Gutzeit, consisted of three officers, 44 NCOs and 72 troopers. Unlike their main unit, the 122nd "Greif" Division, the StuGs saw no action in Finland.
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