With the destruction of the Russian 163rd Division completed, Colonel Siilasvuo now turned his attention to the still powerful but bogged down 44th Division. The 44th resembled a 22 mile long sausage link, stretched out along the Raate Road back to the frontier. If ever a unit was ripe for the now famous Mottis tactics, the 44th was definitely the one. On the night of January 2nd, two companies of JR-27 Infantry Regiment quietly moved forward. After silently dispatching the sentries, they swept in and hit the road hard, with guns blazing and grenade bundles tossed into dugouts and vehicles. The Finns rapidly cleared over 500 yards of the road. Then it was time for the engineers to move in and began to set up roadblocks. The Russian response was quick in arriving, as armored reinforcements pushed eastward on the Raate Road.
Attacker: Finnish (Elements of the JR-27 1st and 2nd Co.)