Ilmarinen Coast defense ship (FIN), 1933

Country of origin:Russia
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Coast Defense Ship Illmarinen, Finland, 1933
Ilmarinen and her sister ship Vainamoinen took part in the Winter War. At the beginning of war, the ships protected Aland Islands against possible invasion. During the winter the ships were anchored at Turku harbour where they provided anti-aircraft support for the city. During the Continuation War the two ships shelled the Soviet base at Hanko Peninsula on five occasions in July-November 1941. They took part in Operation Nordwind on September 13, 1941 in which German forces were to take the Estonian islands of Saaremaa and Hiiumaa. A group of ships were to be used to deceive the Soviets. When returning from the mission, Ilmarinen ran into a minefield. Two sea mines had got entangled on the paravane cable; when the ship turned, the mines struck the ship and exploded. The ship sunk in seven minutes. Only 132 men of the crew survived and 271 were lost. The survivors were later known as Ilmarisen uimaseura (Ilmarinen Swimming Team).
Before the war the Illmarinen featured the following paint job: above-water parts – light gray; submerged parts – red; decking – natural wood. During the “winter” war and the WWII it was painted in camouflage with black, dark and gray clear-cut figures.

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