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 1941.

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. Photo was taken in Uuksujärvi 4.9.1944

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 1941: Heikki Sepänmaa, Leo Sippola and Yrjö Pohjasmäki. They are armed with Suomi M31 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 (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.

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

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

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…

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 1944, Continuation War

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 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.

Finnish soldiers during Battle of Tali-Ihantala - 1944.

Finnish soldiers during Battle of Tali-Ihantala - 1944.

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

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

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