Talvisota – updated

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.

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