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Baron Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim (4 June 1867 – 27 January 1951)   One of the  greatest political military leaders of the 20th century. With utmost political diplomacy coupled with military shewdness he was almost single handledly responsible for ensuring freedom and independence for Finland not just at one time but three times! ***  Mannerheim's birthday, 4 June, is celebrated as the Flag Day of the Finnish Defence Forces. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Gustaf_Emil_Mannerheim

Marshall of Finland. He led Finland to Independence, and kept the country free and unoccupied in World War II. He was also the sixth President of Finland, and is considered by some to be the greatest Finn of all time.

Captain Eero Kivelä (1908-1992), Knight of the Mannerheim Cross No.9. He was awarded the Mannerheim Cross (2nd class) on September 8, 1941, for showing great personal courage under fire, and for repelling enemy attack with counter-attack, during which he destroyed nine tanks with his men. During the wars he received Cross of Liberty 3rd class twice (second with Oak Leaves), and Cross of Liberty 4th class.

Captain Eero Kivelä Knight of the Mannerheim Cross He was…

Second Lieutenant Toivo Korte (1911-1965)  Mannerheim Cross 8 September 1942 after he had completed 131 missions behind enemy lines with his trusted jaeger platoon.

“ Second Lieutenant, Toivo Korte at Kiestinki area, 6 September This man was called to service and fought in all 3 wars of Finland during WWII, despite the fact that his other eye was completely blinded in an accident.

Hans Olof von Essen (1900-1973) Knight of the Mannerheim Cross No.30. Started his military career in the Finnish Civil War of 1918 and served most of his career in cavalry. Commanded 8th Division's 26th Infantry Regiment on the Karelian Isthmus during the Winter War. In Continuation War he commanded the Nyland Dragoon Regiment in offensive from Ladoga Karelia to Olonets, and later in defensive battles on the Karelian Isthmus and Ilomantsi. He was awarded the Mannerheim Cross on 22.10.1941.

Hans Olof von Essen Knight of the Mannerheim Cross Started…

Luutnantti Hans Wind, Mannerheimristin ritari, kuuluisa hävittäjälentäjämme, joka on ampunut alas 33 1/2 viholliskonetta. Suulajärvi 1943.08.26

Post with 5471 views. Hans Wind, a finnish pilot ace posing at the tail end of his Brewster, Finland c.

Mikko Pöllä (1916–1994) long range patrolman and Knight of the Mannerheim Cross, pin by Paolo Marzioli

Mikko Pöllä long range patrolman and Knight of the Mannerheim Cross, pin by Paolo Marzioli

Reserve lieutenant Carl-Birger Kvikant (1912-1944), Knight of the Mannerheim Cross No. 132. He volunteered for the newly formed assault gun battalion in 1943 & led a company of StuG III assault guns in combat in 1944. At Kuuterselkä on June 14-15, his company destroyed 13 tanks, 3 assault guns and some 15 anti-tank guns. The Mannerheim Cross was awarded to him posthumously June 25, 1944. He had already earned the Cross of Liberty 4th class, and Cross of Liberty 4th class with Oak Leaves.

Reserve lieutenant Carl-Birger Kvikant Knight of the Mannerheim…

Knight of the Mannerheim Cross, Lieutenant Kullervo Leskinen. Uhtua,12.8.43.

Knight of the Mannerheim Cross, Lieutenant Kullervo Leskinen.

Veikko Saarelainen (1919-1968) Knight of the Mannerheim Cross No.37, awarded to him for his action at Salmi on 27.7.1941: Saarelainen was riding on a truck along a road when they came to crossroads and ran into enemy trucks. He was first to react, quickly jumped off the truck, set up his machine gun in the middle of the open road and destroyed six trucks. A column of fourteen enemy trucks full of soldiers approached. Most of the enemy fell to his machine gun and the trucks were destroyed.

Veikko Saarelainen (1919-1968) Knight of the Mannerheim Cross No.37, awarded to him for his action at Salmi on 27.7.1941: Saarelainen was riding on a truck along a road when they came to crossroads and ran into enemy trucks. He was first to react, quickly jumped off the truck, set up his machine gun in the middle of the open road and destroyed six trucks. A column of fourteen enemy trucks full of soldiers approached. Most of the enemy fell to his machine gun and the trucks were destroyed.

Paavo Korpi (1919-1941) Knight of the Mannerheim Cross No.34, awarded to him on Nov 13, 1941 for his actions July-Sept 1941. On July 14, he captured a quadruple AA machine gun that greatly hindered the attack. 5 days later he killed dozens of enemies with his submachine gun. On September 6, he killed 20 enemy soldiers single-handed, and took 40 prisoners, clearing the way to the platoon's objective. The following day he captured an armored car and used it to clear the way to the Svir river.

Paavo Korpi Knight of the Mannerheim Cross awarded to him on…

Toivo Manninen (1916-1943), Knight of the Mannerheim Cross No.100. A persistent and brave leader, he led some twenty successful patrols to enemy positions and to the rear of the enemy. On August 5, 1941, during attack on so-called "Hill of Death", he took command of the platoon after the leader fell, and continued teven after his foot was torn apart by landmine. He led his men to the objective and to victory on one foot, checking that the defense would hold, before being evacuated.

Toivo Manninen (1916-1943), Knight of the Mannerheim Cross No.100. A persistent and brave leader, he led some twenty successful patrols to enemy positions and to the rear of the enemy. On August 5, 1941, during attack on so-called "Hill of Death", he took command of the platoon after the leader fell, and continued teven after his foot was torn apart by landmine. He led his men to the objective and to victory on one foot, checking that the defense would hold, before being evacuated.

Fighter Ace Hans "Hasse" Wind (1919-1995), a Knight of Mannerheim´s Cross (decorated twice with Mannerheim´s Cross) photographed near his Br...

“ Fighter Ace Hans “Hasse” Wind The Knight of Mannerheim´s Cross (decorated twice with Mannerheim´s Cross) photographed near his Brewster fighter. Wind shot down 75 enemy planes.

Mannerheim-ristin ritari Ruben Lagus (1896-1959)

Mannerheim-ristin ritari Ruben Lagus (1896-1959)