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The Lapland War was fought between Finland and Germany from September 1944 to April 1945 in Finland's northernmost Lapland Province. Germany and Finland had been at war with the Soviet Union since June 1941, co-operating closely in the Continuation War. However, as early as the summer of 1943, the German High Command began making plans for the eventuality that Finland might make a separate peace agreement with the Soviet Union. On the 2nd September 1944, after the Finns informed the Germans of the cease fire between Finland and the Soviet Union. The cease fire agreement between Finland and the Soviet Union required the Finns to break diplomatic ties with Germany and publicly demand the withdrawal of all German troops from Finland by 15 September 1944. On the 28th September 1944 the first fighting started between German and Finnish troops which then carried on in many small engagements all over the Lapland Province as the Germans made their way to the Norwegian Border. For most practical purposes, the war in Lapland ended in early November 1944. In north-eastern Lapland after holding the Finns off at Tankavaara the Germans withdrew swiftly from Finland at Karigasniemi on 25 November 1944. The Germans continued their withdrawal but stayed in fortified positions first at Palojoensuu (village ~50 km north of Muonio along the Torne River) in early November 1944 from where they moved further to positions along the Lätäseno River (Sturmbock-Stellung) on 26 November. On 25 April 1945 the Germans withdrew in to Norway and the war ended 12 days later.