Talk:Petsamo–Kirkenes Offensive

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Beginning some real work on this[edit]

Help welcome. Andreas 09:48, 18 April 2006 (UTC)

I Removed your username from the article page, add it if I am wrong in removeing it (Deng 02:40, 23 April 2006 (UTC))

A strategicaly significant offensive[edit]

This operation was quite significant in terms of strategy because it gave for a brief time to the Soviet union the possibility of expanding communism into Scandinavia in Norway. The fact that Stalin called it a Tenth Shock says something about this much ignored but largest offensive in Scandinavia to him and Stavka the current contents of the article seemingly confirm this--mrg3105 (comms) ♠♣ 02:53, 6 October 2008 (UTC)

Agreed. But shouldn't the title reflect that this was the major Soviet offensive on the Arctic front? And that it started at the Zapadnaya Litsa River? That it was about more than just Petsamo and Kirkenes? Manxruler (talk) 09:06, 6 October 2008 (UTC)
It would be better if you commented on the Talk:Baltic Offensive. The quick answer is that the name of a Soviet operation is usually based on the initial and final (strategic) objectives of the operation, and only rarely on staging area. However if you can cite a reference, please include above into the article which needs to be expanded anyway--mrg3105 (comms) ♠♣ 10:48, 6 October 2008 (UTC)

Battle at Kirkenes?[edit]

The article lists the battle for Kirkenes as the last of three major phases of the offensives; then goes on to say the Germans abandoned Kirkenes, apparently without a fight (as there's no description of one). Unclear. Was there an actual battle there or not? Would "seizure" of Kirkenes be more apt?

There are probably better sources but Lunde (2011) states following (excerpts from the book)
p. 366-367: ...the decision by the 20th Mountain Army - approved by OKW - not to fight for Kirkenes... ...The Germans withdrew rapidly northwest along Route 50, and only minor rear-guard actions preceded the Soviet capture of Kirkenes on October 25... ...Heavy losses were suffered at Kirkenes during the last last two days of embarkation of supplies due to Russian air attacks over 24 hours.
That is not to say there wouldn't have been fighting before the capture of Kirkenes of course but not really at Kirkenes itself. Technically capture does not that there would have been resistance and neither does seizure mean that it would have happened without resistance, however i think it might be more descriptive to use 'seizure'. And please sign your posts, with ~~~~. - Wanderer602 (talk) 10:20, 8 October 2012 (UTC)