Sunday Photo - Finnish Independence Day

In Military History, Featured

On 6 December 1917 Finland declared independence from Russia, ending its autonomy within Russia as the Grand Duchy of Finland. Thirty two years later they would find themselves battling against the might of the Red Army as the Soviet Union attempted to crush their Nordic neighbour.

The photo below shows a Finnish machinegun crew during the Winter War.

Source: Wikipedia

If you would like to read more about the Winter War take a look at Finland at War: The Winter War 1939–40, as well as Elite 141: Finland at War 1939–45 and Elite 193: World War II Winter and Mountain Warfare Tactics.

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KenA posted on 6 Dec 2015 21:58:11
Confusion Pete? Nah. I showed your Blog to my wife and she thought it was all perfectly logical to have a Blog headed “Photo - Finnish Independence Day” and actually have a photo and text below about a war between Finland and the USSR 22 years later. So, with her guidance we’re not a bit confused. My comments were aimed at trying to bring things back to the subject heading and the first sentence of your Blog. Finnish independence as you know is closely associated with the Finnish Civil War, which took place about the same time as similar events were taking place in Russia.

I think though Pete that you may have struck a first with your Blog. It is the first Sunday Photo Blog that I can recall that has had inserted a photo that does not relate closely in terms of the time period concerned. Hmmm, schools don’t teach arithmetic like they used to in the ‘good old days’ do they?
Pete @ Osprey posted on 6 Dec 2015 11:15:31
Good morning KenA,

Sorry for the confusion - the books I mentioned are looking at the Winter War rather than Finnish Independence.

KenA posted on 6 Dec 2015 10:47:12
Pete, the two Elite titles you mention don’t have much at all to say about Finnish Independence from Russia in 1917 or the Finnish Civil War that followed in 1918. There is a brief mention about this in chapter one of the General Military title “Finland at War: The Winter War 1939-40” and perhaps an even briefer mention in the Command title “Gustaf Mannerheim” (CMD 32).

But frankly this whole subject of the events in Finland in 1917-18 really deserves a separate and dedicated Osprey title to cover the matter properly. And I don’t mean a 48 page booklet, which could never do the subject, author or Osprey justice (and would leave a lot of customers dissatisfied). Perhaps Osprey would add this to its list of “To Do” titles.

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