The time for change-over was May 22, 1940 midnight. The prevailing population of approximately 3,000 persons had been evacuated. Part of them had moved away even earlier. About 8,000 people lost their homes.
After the war broke out again on July 22-25, 1941, small confrontations of various magnitudes continuously occurred in Hanko area. However, no major offensives were taken by the Finns. The Russians retreated from Hanko on December 2, 1941. The town was left as heavily mined, which despite of precautions caused much damage. The Russians renunciated Hanko as a base finally in the later peace treaty of Paris in 1947.
Home page of the town of Hanko.
The total land area of the territory was 380.5 sq.km. The evacuation time was set to ten days that meant an instant loss of their homes for 10,000 people. After changes in internal and international situations the Soviet Union waived the agreement and the territory was handed over to Finland again in 1956. The inhabitants were able to regain their lost homesteads.
Kabanov (1901-1973) headed first
Hanko and later Porkkala bases.
Gangut. 1941. Collection. Collected by K.K.Grishchinskii. Lenizdat 1974.