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Knight of the Mannerheim Cross, Lieutenant Winqvist next to his plane, which he flew already in the Winter War. Joensuu, 16.8.1942.

Knight of the Mannerheim Cross, Lieutenant Winqvist next to his plane, which he flew already in the Winter War. Joensuu, 16.8.1942.

Elite Finnish Jaegers patrol through a forest during the Continuation War.

Elite Finnish Jaegers patrol through a forest during the Continuation War.

Finnish soldier in Vuosalmi Finland during the continuation war in 1944 [1862x1315]

Finnish soldier in Vuosalmi Finland during the continuation war in 1944 [1862x1315]

Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim, Suomen tasavallan 6. presidentti 4.8.1944–4.3.1946, President of Finland

Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim, Suomen tasavallan 6. presidentti 4.8.1944–4.3.1946, President of Finland

Mannerheim-ristin ritari Ruben Lagus (1896-1959)

Mannerheim-ristin ritari Ruben Lagus (1896-1959)

Mannerheim awarding Finnish servicemen Mannerheim Cross medals, Sep 1942

Mannerheim awarding Finnish servicemen Mannerheim Cross medals, Sep 1942

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A young Lieutenant Lauri Törni leaning on his KP/-31. In leading his unit against the soviet invaders he would earn the Cross of Mannerheim and would have a bounty of 3 millions marks placed on his head by the soviets.

A young Lieutenant Lauri Törni leaning on his KP/-31. In leading his unit against the soviet invaders he would earn the Cross of Mannerheim and would have a bounty of 3 millions marks placed on his head by the soviets.

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.

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 (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.

Viljo Suokas (1920–1943), Knight of the Mannerheim Cross No.44. His skills in guerilla warfare was noticed and after Winter War he received special training for long range patrol missions. In Continuation War Suokas served as patrol leader in Detachment Kuismanen (OsKu). He was credited for many successful missions, withe the longest time spent behind enemy lines being46 days. Viljo Suokas died on October 4, 1943 while clearing a storage building at Segezha, a town by the Murmansk railway.

Viljo Suokas (1920–1943), Knight of the Mannerheim Cross No.44. His skills in guerilla warfare was noticed and after Winter War he received special training for long range patrol missions. In Continuation War Suokas served as patrol leader in Detachment Kuismanen (OsKu). He was credited for many successful missions, withe the longest time spent behind enemy lines being46 days. Viljo Suokas died on October 4, 1943 while clearing a storage building at Segezha, a town by the Murmansk railway.

Brewster B-239 Buffalo with 33 1/2 victories and the pilot Lt. Hans Wind, Finland 1943

Brewster B-239 Buffalo with 33 1/2 victories and the pilot Lt. Hans Wind, Finland 1943

'Victory in Lapland', Finnish soldiers setting up a Finnish flag on the Norwegian border. Lapland War 1945.

'Victory in Lapland', Finnish soldiers setting up a Finnish flag on the Norwegian border. Lapland War 1945.

Major General Claës Winell (1892-1943), commander of 8th Division Mannerheim Cross 12.12.1942 for his success in capture of Viipuri and later operations in the east. His 22-year-old elder son, a First Lieutenant, was killed in action just 10 days later. Major General Winell suffered heart attack in the funerals and passed away on 9 January 1943.

Major General Claës Winell (1892-1943), commander of 8th Division Mannerheim Cross 12.12.1942 for his success in capture of Viipuri and later operations in the east. His 22-year-old elder son, a First Lieutenant, was killed in action just 10 days later. Major General Winell suffered heart attack in the funerals and passed away on 9 January 1943.

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

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

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

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

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!

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!

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