At the start of the Winter War the main forces of 163rd Division of the Red Army mounted a surprise attacked on Suomussalmi via Lehtovaara in Juntusranta. A patrol sent by a small group (44 men) of Finnish soldiers stationed at Juntusranta village ran into the full brunt of the Soviet attack at this location.
The text on the monument reads:
“The first shots of the Winter War were fired at this spot on 30th November 1939. Wilderness comrades-in-arms”
The monument was erected in 1963.
The location of the memorial can be seen on the Kainuu outdoors map.
Street address: Lehtovaarantie 62, 89920 Suomussalmi