Operation Hokki


'Hokki' was a Finnish airborne operation designed to destroy the railway marshalling yards at Petrozavodsk (August/September 1944).

The only known Finnish undertaking of the airborne type in World War II, this operation was designed to reduce the pressure which the Soviets were bringing to bear in the Battle of Ilomantsi during the Soviet 'Vyborg-Petrozavodsk Offensive Operation' in the closing stages of what was known to the Finns as the 'Jatkosota' (continuation war). Under the command of Kapteeni Ilmari Honkanen, the mission was beset by a number of problems including a change in objective, but eventually succeeded in destroying a considerable length of the railway tracks used in the Soviet supply effort.