Wednesday, December 4, 2019

80 Years Since the Winter War – Memory Stays Alive

 Captured flame-thrower M/41R in use of Finnish Army sappers in July 1941. Photo taken during strike team excercise of jaeger engineer platoon in Aunus Carelia March of 1943. Photo: SA-Kuva. Colorized by Jecinci.

2019 is the 80th anniversary of the Winter War (1939–1940) between the Soviet Union and Finland. The small nation of Finland succeeded in defending its territories against a far larger army of the Soviet Union.

On the 30th of November 1939 Soviet troops attacked Finland in order to seize the areas which according to the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact belonged to the Soviet Union.

Against all odds, Finland, a weak, sparsely populated and diplomatically isolated nation, succeeded in causing staggering losses on a far more potent aggressor by skillfully utilizing the wintery conditions.

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