Back with the Finnish War project, here are the first and second battalions, Savolaks Regiment. Like it’s sister regiment, the Savolaks Jägers, this unit comes from the eastern part of Finland, right up on the Russian border.
Whereas all the other battalions in this collection have been built with 24 figures to the battalion, these are built with 12 and will be rated in games as tiny units. This is because in all the orders of battle I have found the regiment is never shown at its full complement. In fact the OOB for the Finnish Army at the commencement of the campaign describes the regiment as four battalions, each of only two companies instead of the usual four companies. Maybe it is because the regiments did not maintain a garrison and the army retreated to the west early in the campaign away from their home province. Whatever the reason I am intending to build this regiment as four tiny battalions.
Their light grey uniform differentiates the uniform from the other darker grey uniformed Finnish units. Their yellow and black standard is striking.
The third and fourth battalions will follow in due course.