A mother and her children take cover during a Russian air raid. Tammisaari, Finland, 1940. foto Carl Mydans.

A mother and her children take cover during a Russian air raid. Tammisaari Finland 1940 photo by Carl Mydans Life Magazine

Lapsisotilaat (child soldiers) during the Finnish Civil War. Both armies used juvenile soldiers, mainly between 14 and 17 years of age, the most famous example being Urho Kekkonen who fought for the White Army and later became the longest-serving president of Finland. The Red Guards also included 2,000 female troops, mostly girls, recruited from the industrial centres in southern Finland.

Lapsisotilaat Child Soldiers During the Finnish Civil War both armies used juvenile soldiers, mainly between 14 and 17 years of age, the most famous example being Urho Kekkonen who fought for the.

Danish volunteers in Oulu, Finland during the Winter War.

Danish volunteers in Oulu, Finland during the Winter War.

Viipuriinlinna / Viipuri Castle on fire 13.3.1940 just after the cease fire which ended the Winter War is declared at 11.00. The tower still flies the #Finnish flag, which was lowered at 14.00 13.3.1940. Viipuri was ceded from #Finland to #Russia, recaptured in 1941 and again ceded to Russia at the end of WWII. The city is now known as Vyborg. The castle still stands.

Viipuriinlinna / Viipuri Castle on fire 13.3.1940 just after the cease fire which ended the Winter War is declared at 11.00. The tower still flies the #Finnish flag, which was lowered at 14.00 13.3.1940. Viipuri was ceded from #Finland to #Russia, recaptured in 1941 and again ceded to Russia at the end of WWII. The city is now known as Vyborg. The castle still stands.

LIFE magazine's coverage of the Winter War. March 11. 1940

LIFE magazine's coverage of the Winter War;

LIFE magazine's coverage of the Winter War. March 11. 1940

LIFE magazine's coverage of the Winter War.

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