OK, I’m watching, rather more or less listening to the World War II in real-time youtube series, and in December 1939, Indy says that if the Finns could have cut off the Murmansk railway it’s likely all Soviet troops north of Lake Lagoda would have starved to death. How many troops is that? Are we talking about the central thrust by the ninth army or like even the Soviet troops in the far north trying to cut off Finn access to the White Sea?
I’ll fess up, I’m an alt-history nerd, and this little known opportunity is prime fodder, and I think should be wider known. If I can get a size of the scale of the disaster, it could be remembered as something as to where for a want of a nail…or rather I beam…the Winter War could have gone even worse.
One of the “problems” of even this kind of history is that without counterfactuals, it’s hard to understand what choices realistically were, and I’ve found that makes at least me a slave of hindsight.
In addition, if anyone could spitball the size and composition of a force necessary to cut the Murmansk rail and why, I’d love to hear it.