The troops of Finnish III Army Corps were ordered to go over to the defensive on 23 November. While the front would quiet down, with little action until the spring of 1942, limited Axis offensive action continued. On 24 November a platoon of five light Panzers moved across the ice of Lake Iso Lakijärvi to attack Soviet positions on the far shore. Equipped with ice studs, the Panzers moved in parallel tracks, the heavier Panzer IIs hugging the shore, moving over thicker ice, while the Panzer Is headed directly over the lake. Exiting the frozen lake the Panzers joined Finnish troops in an attack on the local enemy garrison. A pitched battle soon ensued.