Operation Platinum Fox

Operation Platinum Fox

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Operation Platinfuchs (Platinum Fox) was a German and Finnish military offensive launched during World War II. Platinfuchs took place on the Eastern Front and had the objective of capturing the Barents Sea port of Murmansk. It was part of a larger operation, called Operation Silver Fox (Silberfuchs).

Background

At the launch of Operation Barbarossa on 22 June 1941, German units of Alpine Corps Norwegen were sent east from Norway to occupy Petsamo, in Operation Reindeer (Renntier). There they joined Finnish forces poised on the border of Soviet territory. These divisions of Norwegen were, for the most part, elite mountain troops specially trained to operate above the Arctic Circle. As part of Barbarossa, the Finnish-German forces were to launch Operation Silver Fox (Silberfuchs), aimed at attacking Murmansk from two directions. The first assault from Finnish Petsamo was codenamed Platinfuchs. The second attack aimed first to attack Kandalaksha from Salla and then threaten Murmansk from the south. This operation was codenamed Operation Arctic Fox (Polarfuchs).<!-- Note: Petsamo was not ceded to the SO after the Winter War! -->

Platinum Fox

On 29 June 1941 the Platinfuchs phase of Silberfuchs was launched. The Norwegen Corps under the command of Generalleutnant Eduard Dietl, consisting of the German 2nd Mountain Division and German 3rd Mountain Division and the Finnish Ivalo Border Guard Battalion crossed the border and proceeded on Murmansk. The initial advance was...
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