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The battle between Blue Division High School (bracket number 15) and Jatkosota High School (bracket number 16) was a match in the first round of the 63ʳᵈ National High School Sensha-dō Tournament. The match grounds comprised of wetlands, snowy fields, lakes and villages. A single path split the battlefield running from East to West. The match ended in a victory for Jatkosota High School.

Battle

Premise

While both teams had similar tanks, the snowy and muddy terrain gave the advantage to Jatkosota, who were comfortable with the terrain. On the other hand, Blue Division's speciality was a strengthened breakthrough, a tactic which would be heavily hampered by the match conditions.

Breakthrough Failure

Blue Division began the match by engaging along narrow path between snow and lakes with intention to break through Jatkosota's forces along a narrow front. Their Panzer IV and their StuG led the way using their firepower and thick front armor. However the snow impeded the Blue Division tanks and prevented them from building up the necessary speed to effect a breakthrough.

It's a Trap !!!

Jatkosota identified Blue Division tanks moving along the path, and Mika deployed her BT tanks in a double pincer movement; BT-5s to the north and BT-7s to the south. The flanking forces skirted around the lakes launched a two-pronged attack on Blue Division's rear.

Lost in Confusion

At the vanguard of the Blue Division column, Jatkosota's T-34s fanned out, the Panzer IV and Sturmi acting as a fixing force whilst the T-34s took the column under crossfire and BT tanks stormed their rearguard. Blue Division fell into panic as their front and rear collapsed, leaving the remaining tanks trapped in a corridor.

A Final Stand

Blue Division's remaining tanks tried in desperation to shield Jatkosota's flag tank, but it was in vain. Mika launched her entire force against them from two sides and Blue Division's flag tank was soon knocked out.

Aftermath

Mika made effective use of the terrain and exploited Blue Division's environmental disadvantage. Despite being unaccustomed to the terrain Blue Division nevertheless inflexibly adhered to their breakthrough doctrine, which resulted in their force's total destruction. Jatkosota would battle against Kuromorimine Girls High School during the quarter-finals.

Trivia

  • Jatkosota's strategy during the match is similar to Finnish tactics during the Winter War where Finnish soldiers lured Russians into treacherous and unfamiliar terrain (forests...) in order to gain a tactical advantage. The Finnish doctrine was built around surrounding isolated Russian pockets and cutting their supply lines, then leaving them to be finished off by the harsh winter.
  • So far the choice of Blue Division's flag tank is a fan-based assumption.
63rd National High School Sensha-dō Tournament
1st Round VikingViking vs KoalaKoalaGUP PravdaSmall 3053Pravda vs BonpleBonpleGUP AnzioSmall 860Maginot vs AnzioGUP MaginotGUP SaundersSmall 7264Saunders vs OoaraiGUP OoaraiSmall 9335BC FreedomBC Freedom vs St. GlorianaGUP St GlorianaSmall 124YogurtYogurt vs WaffleWaffleGUP KuromorimineSmall 5224Kuromorimine vs Chi-Ha-TanAp,550x550,12x12,1,transparent,t.u1Azul DivisionBlue Division vs JatkosotaJaktosoka
Quarters-finals GUP PravdaSmall 3053Viking vs PravdaVikingGUP AnzioSmall 860Anzio vs OoaraiGUP OoaraiSmall 9335GUP St GlorianaSmall 124St. Gloriana vs YogurtYogurtGUP KuromorimineSmall 5224Kuromorimine vs JatkosotaJaktosoka
Semi-finals GUP PravdaSmall 3053Pravda vs OoaraiGUP OoaraiSmall 9335GUP St GlorianaSmall 124St. Gloriana vs KuromorimineGUP KuromorimineSmall 5224
Finals GUP OoaraiSmall 9335Ooarai vs KuromorimineGUP KuromorimineSmall 5224
Participants
Anzio Girls High SchoolBC Freedom High SchoolBlue Division High SchoolBonple High SchoolChi-Ha-Tan AcademyJatkosota High SchoolKoala Forest High SchoolKuromorimine Girls High School🥈 ♦ Maginot Girls' AcademyOoarai Girls High School🥇 ♦ Pravda Girls High School🥉 ♦ Saunders Girls High SchoolSt. Gloriana Girls High SchoolViking Fisheries High SchoolWaffle AcademyYogurt Academy