The Continuation War was a series of hostilities between Soviet Unionball and Finlandball from June 1941 to September 1944. The war began 15 months after the Winter War and Finland received military aid and support from Nazi Germanyball and Sovietball considered the war part of the Great Patriotic War.
In 1939, Soviet Unionball had invaded Finlandball with the intent on forcing it to give up parts of its clay so that Leningradball would be safe from a potential invasion. This lead to the Winter War and it ended with Finlandball giving up around 10% of its clay in exchange for a Soviet withdraw. Sovietball achieved its objectives, but suffered heavy casualties and the war was an overall embarrassment for Sovietball. This was not left unnoticed by Nazi Germanyball and he would make deals with Finlandball to join the Axis Powers for the rest of World War II in preparation for the inevitable Operation Barbarossa.
Soviet Air Offensive
Following the outbreak of Operation Barbarossa on June 22, 1941, Sovietball began a bombing campaign against Finlandball hours after the Axis invasion of Sovietball began. Three days later on June 25, a massive air raid was launched with 460 bombers being flown to target 19 Finnish airfields, but the intelligence was inaccurate and this lead the Soviet bombers to attack and bomb Finnish cities instead. Sovietball said the attacks were defensive, but the Finns used the attacks to justify invading the land lost in the previous Winter War and to reclaim them.
1941 Finnish Offensive
Findland finished their Lake Ladoga plans on June 28th and began the first stage on July 10th. The VI Corps of the Finnish Army reached the northern shore of Lake Ladoga on July 16th and divided the Soviet 7th Army who was defending the area.