Transporting rocks for an anti-tank defensive line
Veikko Hämäläinen, who lived in Sarviselkä of Salla, transported rocks for the defensive line of the village centre with his lorry, from the autumn of 1940 until April the following year. Ten lorries were doing so from the Kaunisharju area – where the Reindeer Park is situated today –, the base of the Sallatunturi fell, and Hatajavaara. Most of the rocks came from the Sallatunturi fell. Each of the rocks was hauled up by hand, and the lorry was then driven under it and the rock lowered onto the platform. Working on a steep slope, you had to be extra careful. On one occasion, in the worst possible place, facing downhill, Veikko noticed that his lorry’s brakes did not work. In order to stop the truck, he would have to turn it sideways. However, when he was turning the truck, it rolled onto its side, and the three-ton rock rolled out.