Finland 1939-1945

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Some of the Finnish troops who took back Viipuri (Vyborg). August 1941.

Some of the Finnish troops who took back Viipuri (Vyborg). August Viipuri is FINLAND.

News about cease-fire between Finland and Soviets have reached frontlines and Finnish soldier is waving towards soviets lines. The Soviet Union ended hostilities exactly 24 hours after the Finns. Photo was taken in Uuksujärvi 4.9.1944

News about cease-fire between Finland and Soviets have reached frontlines and Finnish soldier is waving towards soviets lines. The Soviet Union ended hostilities exactly 24 hours after the Finns.

Young men of South Ostrobothnia (region in Finland) somewhere in Karelia, in 1941: Heikki Sepänmaa, Leo Sippola and Yrjö Pohjasmäki. They are armed with Suomi M31 submachine guns.

Young men of South Ostrobothnia (region in Finland) somewhere in Karelia, in Heikki Sepänmaa, Leo Sippola and Yrjö Pohjasmäki. They are armed with Suomi submachine guns.

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 U.S.A.

Olavi Alakulppi was a Finnish cross country skier who competed in the

Finnish soldiers marching next to a destroyed Soviet T-34 tank, Battle of Tali-Ihantala, Finland during WWII. c.1944

Battle of Tali-Ihantala, Finnish-Soviet Continuation war Finnish soldiers marching next to a destroyed Soviet tank

Finnish soldiers in their foxhole during the Battle of Tali-Ihantala. Summer 1944, Continuation War

Finnish soldiers in their foxhole during the Battle of Tali-Ihantala. Summer Continuation War, pin by Paolo Marzioli

One of the most iconic images of the WinterWar / Talvisota. Abandoned frozen bodies of dead Russian soldiers, abandoned tanks and guns on the Raate Road, Finland after the Soviet 44th and 163rd divisions were encircled and cut off by Finnish troops.

One of the most iconic images of the Winter War / Talvisota. Abandoned frozen bodies of dead Russian soldiers, abandoned tanks and guns on the Raate Road, Finland after the Soviet and divisions were encircled and cut off by Finnish troops.

Finnish bicycle battalion advancing towards Tolvajärvi on July 13, 1941.

Finnish bicycle battalion advancing towards Tolvajärvi on July

Finnish 3rd Division troops marching along the Raate road in June 1941. After crossing the border the division fought at Kestenga and Uhtua (Kalevala), and was transferred to Karelian Isthmus in 1944 where it took part in Battle of Tali-Ihantala.

Finnish infantry advances to the front in June Finland was a "friendly co-combatant" of Germany's because the Soviet threat remained. The Finns proved themselves tenacious winter fighters.

Finnish soldiers, who presumably are a part of the 5th Light Detachment (Kev Os 5) "Company of Death"  Summa, 1939.12.20 Winter War

Finnish soldiers belonging to the Light Detachment, nicknamed the Company of Death.

Lieutenant Esa Seeste, Finnish gymnastics who won bronze at the Berlin 1936 Summer Olympics. Note the captured PPD submachine gun. Continuation War

Lieutenant Esa Seeste, Finnish gymnastics who won bronze at the Berlin 1936 Summer Olympics. Note the captured PPD submachine gun. Continuation War - pin by Paolo Marzioli

Somehow these finnish soldiers found time and will to have a pistol competition during the heavy assault of russians in January 1940 at Kollaa.

Somehow these finnish soldiers found time and will to have a pistol competition during the heavy assault of russians in January 1940 at Kollaa.

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 Pin by Paolo Marzioli

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