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alex75704 Nov 2017 5:13 a.m. PST


I am working on some scenarios for the Northern Shoulder of a Cold War gone hot set in the mid to late 1980s.

I have found good information on the forces of Norway and Sweden on hand. There is a very detailed wikipedia article on the structure of the Swedish armed forces in 1989. I don't know how accurate this is, but for wargaming it is good enough. link

I can find lots of information on Finland in WW2 and some current stuff, but my searches for 1980s-era information is coming up empty.

Do you all have any information or resources?

stephen m04 Nov 2017 5:46 a.m. PST

Look here. Just go down to later years.


alex75704 Nov 2017 9:10 a.m. PST


I am looking for company/battalion/Regiment level information. Do the Micromark lists go up that high or are they lower level?

stephen m04 Nov 2017 10:28 a.m. PST

I don't have it open but IIRC these were division level plus their other works had higher level organizations. Follow the link. Plus on Yahoo Groups there is a TOE group.

alex75704 Nov 2017 11:57 a.m. PST

I just downloaded the Micromark lists. Good stuff! Thanks for the pointer.

Kiwi Red One04 Nov 2017 12:00 p.m. PST

Alex you can download a 1989 NATO order of battle that includes a lot of information on all the neutral european nations including Finland at Pat Callagan's website here:

just follow the download links on the left hand side of the homepage.

It is mainly coy/bttn/bde level information.

The Yahoo TOE group has some info on mainly platoon level organisations for 70's to 90's but not a lot of higher level stuff.

There is also an old SPI Game called Nordkapp that deals with the hypothetical invasion of Norway/Sweden and northern Finland in the 1980's. That has a lot of detailed TOE's of Soviet, NATO and neutrals.

If you want to PM me I have a bit of stuff that may be useful to you.

Sir Able Brush Supporting Member of TMP04 Nov 2017 5:03 p.m. PST

The military balance books can sometimes help

ArmiesArmy Inactive Member06 Nov 2017 4:05 a.m. PST

You might find Red Sky White Light by Jason Weiser very useful. It covers nordic platoon forces with some details around the finnish army.

available at as a pdf download


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