Update: Helsingin Sanomat is running some articles commemorating the Winter war. I’m not sure what to make of this one. Sounds a bit like a propaganda piece (The Finnish army is just as tough and skilled today as it was then). Are they trying to send a message to someone?
On this day 70 years ago, 450,000 Soviet soldiers crossed the border into Finland and began the three month Winter War. The Finns, outnumbered 3:1 in men and completely overwhelmed in terms of materiel managed to hold off the Soviets for 105 days. Mrs. TwS’s grandfather was a veteran of that war and the Continuation War, serving as a machinegunner in the Finnish army and her mother was a war child, sent to Sweden to avoid the Soviet bombing of Helsinki.
So, in memory of those kick-ass Finns and respect for their ultimate display of sisu, here are some links of that conflict.
A list of Finnish government communiques throughout the battle.
If you’d like a decent documentary of the conflict I’d recommend this:
Here are some contemporary newsreels. It’s hard to imagine that these were a significant source of information for the public (no 24 hour news cycle here!) but they do have their own charm and they’re certainly better at conveying a sense of immediacy than what we’ve got.