FINNISH NOTES
 

Infantry
FDF equipment changed at huge pace from 1950's to 1990's.Army changed from bolt action rifle toting infantry to assault rifle wielding army in 40 years.

Following eras could be identified with resort to infantry weapons. Infantry describes typical infantry unit while Others describes rear area personnel and supporting crew and equipment.

50's: boltaction rifles, LMGs, autoloaders, SMGs
Unit CAE OFR 3 6 10 15
Infantry 3 2 2 2 1 1
Others 2 C 2 1 1 -

60's: assault rifles+SMGs, modern LMG
Unit CAE OFR 3 6 10 15
Infantry 3 2 4 2 1 -
Others 2 C 2 2 - -

70's:  assault rifles, modern LMGs
Unit CAE OFR 3 6 10 15
Infantry 3 3 3 2 2 -
Others 2 C 2 2 - -

80's and 90's: same but service introduction of 7.62x54R LMG for some troops
Unit CAE OFR 3 6 10 15
Infantry 3 3 3 2 2 -
Armored Inf* 3 4 3 3 2 2
Others 2 C 2/3** 2 - -

2001+: same but addition of rifle grenades
Unit CAE OFR 3 6 10 15
Infantry 3 3 4 2 2 -
Armored Inf* 3 4 4 3 2 2
Others 2 C 3 2 - -

Watercooled medium machineguns were kept in units in 1950's but after that they have been used in defensive Local Force units only.
Unit CAE OFR 3 6 10 15
MMG 2 6 4 3 2 2

*Armored infantry carries 7.62x54R shooting LMGs compared to 7.62x39R firing LMGs found in normal squads.

**Introduction of extra firepower in term of assault rifles increases this 90's onwards.

Finnish infantry's anti-tank firepower depended heavily on all kinds of equipment starting from Panzerfausts and Panzerschreks and then using domestic recoilless rifles and augmented of LADs (Miniman, M52 LAW) and finally MADs (APILAS). Firepower increases depend heavily on increased number of mines and explosives, and increased issue of disposable weapons. AT doctrine was fairly defensive for infantry (their job is to defend) but was quite aggressive for AT hunter patrols. This is difficult to put in game but I'd suggest making Finnish Infantry stands in AT units as Infantry(AT) to depict their better equipment and more aggressive tactics.

50's: Panzerfaust and Panzerschreks
Unit CAE OFR 3 6
Inf 4 C 4 -
Inf (AT) 6 2 5 -
HQ 3 C 3 -
ENG 4 C 4 -
MMG 3 C 3 -

60's: SS5SS in service
Unit CAE OFR 3 6
Inf 6 C 5 -
Inf (AT) 8 3 6 -
HQ 4 C 3 -
ENG 6 C 4 -
MMG 3 C 3 -

70's: same in larger numbers + AT mine ambushes + Miniman
Unit CAE OFR 3 6
Inf 8 C 5 -
Inf (AT) 10 3 6 -
HQ 6 C 5 -
ENG 8 C 5 -
MMG 6 C 3 -

80's: same with more numbers + explosives + LAW (late 1980's)
Unit CAE OFR 3 6
Inf 10 C 6 -
Inf (AT) 14 3 7 -
HQ 6 C 5 -
ENG 8 C 5 -
MMG 6 C 5 -

90's: same as in 80's + APILAS (Jaeger Brigade 90 and other 90's brigade TOEs)
Unit CAE OFR 3 6
Inf 10 C 18 -
Inf (AT) 16 3 18 -
HQ 6 C 5 -
ENG 8 C 5 -
MMG 6 C 5 -

Artillery
Major factor with artillery is ability to commit counterbattery fire. Finnish artillery was quite skilled in this in Continuation War but there has not been serious upgrade on technical issues on artillery until 1980's. The bottom line is that FDF artillery is flexible but equipment wise change did come in 1980's and thus 90's depicts also Jäeger Brigade 90 changes. 2001 depicts Prikaati 2005 that is in drawing board (should get all kinds of exciting toys including RPVs for arty and more arty recon systems). 7AR is probably conservative estimate for them.

Counterbattery ratings should be based on following:
    50's:    AR 4
    60's:    AR 5
    70's:    AR 6
    80's:    AR 6
    90's:    AR 7
    2001:  AR 7 or AR 8

81mm and 120mm Mortars should use generic NATO/WP data. Ammo has I and S for both. All artillery have S and I rounds.