An old traditional embroidery usually seen at Karelian/orthodox cloths called "käspaikka".

30 dec An old traditional embroidery usually seen at Karelian/orthodox cloths called "käspaikka". My grandma loved embroidery.

Finnish Mothers saying goodbye to their children as they send them off to Sweden so they will be safe during the Winter War with Russia.

Finnish mothers saying goodbye to their children as they send them off to Sweden so they will be safe during the Winter War

Other instances such as the famous “Killer Hill” in Kollaa on the Karelian Isthmus, where 32 Finns pushed back 4,000 Russian soldiers, outnumbered 125:1.  This is also where the legendary Simo Häyhä fought.  Simo Häyhä was credited with +500 confirmed sniper kills within a 3 month period.  He was nicknamed “The White Death” for his ability to strike fear in the Russians while sniping in his snow camo.  And against all odds, Kollaa remained in Finnish hands all the way until the peace treaty…

'Victory in Lapland', Finnish soldiers setting up a Finnish flag on the Norwegian border. Lapland War Proud to be Finnish!

Finnish child evacuees arriving in Sweden, 1939

sotalapset (war children / evacuees) arriving in 1939 Grandma Lillian too had to flee her beautiful sea port town of Karelia when the Russians invaded.

Finland’s resistance to Russification took many forms. It can even be seen in postal history.  This postcard depicts a Finnish woman with a lion on her breast and Lex, the Finnish law at her side. It also illustrates with subtle symbolism the rising sun, a clear reference to Japan, who defeated the Russians in the Japanese/Russian war in 1904-05.

Vintage Finnish postcard depicting woman with national symbol of a lion on her chest and Lex, the Finnish Law at her side, subtle reference to Finland's resistance to Russification.

The land ceded to #Russia by #Finland at the end of the Winter War. (Shown in red). This ceded territory totalled ten percent of Finland's land area and twenty percent of its industrial capacity.  As part of the Moscow Peace Treaty of 1940 Hanko was leased to the Soviet Union as a military base for a period of 30 years. During the Continuation War, Soviet troops were forced to evacuate Hanko in early December 1941. The Soviet Union renounced the lease formally in the Paris peace treaty of…

Areas ceded by Finland to the Soviet Union after the Winter War in 1940 and the Continuation War in The Porkkala land lease was returned to Finland in Finland covered an area of approximately sq mi) before the handover

In the Winter War Finland stood alone; other countries offered only sympathy and modest assistance. Finnish ski troops inflicted heavy casualties on the Russian army. Finland's survival against overwhelming Russian forces became legendary all over the world.

In the Winter War Finland stood alone; other countries offered only sympathy and modest assistance. Finland's survival against overwhelming Russian forces became legendary all over the world.

A family leaving their home in the ceded Finnish territory which became part of Russia, at the end of the WinterWar

A family leaving their home in the ceded Finnish territory which became part of Russia, at the end of the WinterWar Sirpa: This could have been my mother's or father's family. I have many stories of their departure during the winter war.

Photo of #Finnish evacuee. Used in the documentary film Sotalapset (War Children)

Photo of Finnish evacuee . Used in the documentary film Sotalapset (War Children) - Finland

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

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

Vyborg, Russia. When this picture was taken, Vyborg was still part of Finland and was called Viipuri.

When this picture was taken, it was still part of Finland and was called Viipuri.

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