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Mauno Koivisto (born November 25, 1923) was the ninth President of Finland from 1982 to 1994. He also served as Prime Minister 1968–1970 and 1979–1982. In 1939 When the Winter War started, he was at the age of 16 and joined the a homefront firefighting unit and later during the Continuation War, Koivisto served in the Infantry Detachment Törni, led by the famous Lauri Törni, which was a reconnaissance detachment operating behind the enemy lines and open to selected volunteers only. During…

Mauno Koivisto (born November 25, 1923) was the ninth President of Finland from 1982 to 1994. He also served as Prime Minister 1968–1970 and 1979–1982. In 1939 When the Winter War started, he was at the age of 16 and joined the a homefront firefighting unit and later during the Continuation War, Koivisto served in the Infantry Detachment Törni, led by the famous Lauri Törni, which was a reconnaissance detachment operating behind the enemy lines and open to selected volunteers only. During…

Swedish volunteer (Finnish army) Sgt Karl Arthur Axén with dead members of a Russian Patrol.:

Swedish volunteer (Finnish army) Sgt Karl Arthur Axén with dead members of a Russian Patrol.:

Osmo Tapio Laakso(1916–2004)  Knight of the Mannerheim Cross #61. He fought in Winter War(1939-‘40) and Continuation War(1941-‘44) serving as artillery battery commander, but was a forward observer so he was part of the front line battles most of the war. He was awarded the mannerheim cross on May 19, 1942, for his heroic actions and great leadership. During the war he was also awarded the German Iron Cross 2nd class, and was promoted to Captain. The war ended for his part on ...

Osmo Tapio Laakso(1916–2004) Knight of the Mannerheim Cross #61. He fought in Winter War(1939-‘40) and Continuation War(1941-‘44) serving as artillery battery commander, but was a forward observer so he was part of the front line battles most of the war. He was awarded the mannerheim cross on May 19, 1942, for his heroic actions and great leadership. During the war he was also awarded the German Iron Cross 2nd class, and was promoted to Captain. The war ended for his part on ...

Swedish volunteer (Finnish army) Sgt Karl Arthur Axén with dead members of a Russian Patrol.

Swedish volunteer (Finnish army) Sgt Karl Arthur Axén with dead members of a Russian Patrol.

Knight of the Mannerheim Cross, lieutenant Kaarlo Heikki Nykänen (1920-2011). Uhtua, 12 August 1943. SA-kuva 134936 He commanded a machine gun platoon 1941-42 and was then leader of 3rd Division’s long range patrol unit for most of the war. The unit’s main duties were constant patrolling and hindering of all kinds of enemy activities. Once, he captured hill positions from numerically superior enemy with his 40 men. Forty enemies died and only one of his men was killed and five ...

Knight of the Mannerheim Cross, lieutenant Kaarlo Heikki Nykänen (1920-2011). Uhtua, 12 August 1943. SA-kuva 134936 He commanded a machine gun platoon 1941-42 and was then leader of 3rd Division’s long range patrol unit for most of the war. The unit’s main duties were constant patrolling and hindering of all kinds of enemy activities. Once, he captured hill positions from numerically superior enemy with his 40 men. Forty enemies died and only one of his men was killed and five ...

Finnish Airforce fighter ace (32 victories) Kyösti “Kössi” Karhila (1921–2009) photographed infront of his Curtiss P-36 Hawk after his first kill in august 1941.  He flew the Curtiss Hawk in LeLv 32 until April 20, 1943, when he was moved to LeLv 34 along with some other aces, to fly the just arrived Messerschmitts. During the Continuation War (1941-1944) Karhila, scored 13 confirmed kills with the P-36 Hawk and 19 with Bf 109 G, flying 556 hours (304 missions) and also reached ...

Finnish Airforce fighter ace (32 victories) Kyösti “Kössi” Karhila (1921–2009) photographed infront of his Curtiss P-36 Hawk after his first kill in august 1941. He flew the Curtiss Hawk in LeLv 32 until April 20, 1943, when he was moved to LeLv 34 along with some other aces, to fly the just arrived Messerschmitts. During the Continuation War (1941-1944) Karhila, scored 13 confirmed kills with the P-36 Hawk and 19 with Bf 109 G, flying 556 hours (304 missions) and also reached ...

Corporal Tore Lindgren from Stockholm. He served in Finnish Army from autumn of 1942 to September 1944.

Corporal Tore Lindgren from Stockholm. He served in Finnish Army from autumn of 1942 to September 1944.

Swedish Volunteers being greeted by Finnish Officers.

Swedish Volunteers being greeted by Finnish Officers.

Estonian Volunteers in the Finnish Army.

Estonian Volunteers in the Finnish Army.

lottalunkreeni:  General Steiner gives Iron Cross II Class to a finnish SS volunteer.  Source: Jukka Tyrkkö: Suomalaisia suursodassa: SS-vapaaehtoisten vaiheita jääkäreiden jäljillä 1941-43

lottalunkreeni: General Steiner gives Iron Cross II Class to a finnish SS volunteer. Source: Jukka Tyrkkö: Suomalaisia suursodassa: SS-vapaaehtoisten vaiheita jääkäreiden jäljillä 1941-43

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