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These guys held off the Red Army. Awesome.
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Finnish soldier - Winter war

Finnish soldier - Winter war

Finnish Christmas postcard illustration by Tove Jansson featuring Finnish soldiers in a wintery pine forest. Date of issue unknown

Finnish Christmas postcard illustration by Tove Jansson featuring Finnish soldiers in a wintery pine forest. Date of issue unknown

But despite everything, romance flourished. Boys will be boys and Girls will be girls…. (not my caption)

But despite everything, romance flourished. Boys will be boys and Girls will be girls…. (not my caption)

Olavi Alakulppi (1915 – 1990) was a #Finnish cross country skier and a Knight of the Mannerheim Cross. Alakulppi served in all three of Finland's WWII conflicts: The Winter War (1939-40), The Continuation War (1941-44), and The Lapland War (1944-45). He advanced from sergeant to captain during the war. He received two Mannerheim Crosses (2nd Class) and two Crosses of Liberty. He also received the Iron Cross (2nd Class) of the German army during the war. After WWII Alakulppi moved to…

Olavi Alakulppi (1915 – 1990) was a #Finnish cross country skier and a Knight of the Mannerheim Cross. Alakulppi served in all three of Finland's WWII conflicts: The Winter War (1939-40), The Continuation War (1941-44), and The Lapland War (1944-45). He advanced from sergeant to captain during the war. He received two Mannerheim Crosses (2nd Class) and two Crosses of Liberty. He also received the Iron Cross (2nd Class) of the German army during the war. After WWII Alakulppi moved to…

Finnish winter warriors 1939 by Leif Söderman

Finnish winter warriors 1939 by Leif Söderman

Finnish Soldier

Finnish Soldier

Illustration from Punch, the British humour magazine by E H Shepard, who was the illustrator of Winnie the Pooh. Published in 1940 depicting the Winter War. If there was such a thing as a Finnish Viking, this one might do to defend against the invading Russians. (not my caption)

Illustration from Punch, the British humour magazine by E H Shepard, who was the illustrator of Winnie the Pooh. Published in 1940 depicting the Winter War. If there was such a thing as a Finnish Viking, this one might do to defend against the invading Russians. (not my caption)

Newsweek's coverage of the Winter War.

Newsweek's coverage of the Winter War.

Ambush, 1999, is a Finnish war movie that takes place during the Continuation War, in which Finland reluctantly allied itself with Germany in order to resist Russian invasion. It should be noted that Finnish Jews fought with conspicuous bravery in this war and Marshall Mannerheim, the great Finnish leader refused to hand over Finnish Jews to the Nazis. Anyway, our film follows the exploits of Lt. Eero Perkola, Peter Franzen, and Irina Björklund as Kaarina Vainikainen, Lt. Perkola’s love.

Ambush, 1999, is a Finnish war movie that takes place during the Continuation War, in which Finland reluctantly allied itself with Germany in order to resist Russian invasion. It should be noted that Finnish Jews fought with conspicuous bravery in this war and Marshall Mannerheim, the great Finnish leader refused to hand over Finnish Jews to the Nazis. Anyway, our film follows the exploits of Lt. Eero Perkola, Peter Franzen, and Irina Björklund as Kaarina Vainikainen, Lt. Perkola’s love.

Finnish WW2 poster Text: “Danger Threatens from the sky, Take Air Raid Precautions”

Finnish WW2 poster Text: “Danger Threatens from the sky, Take Air Raid Precautions”

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