Osprey's examination of Finland's involvement in World War II (1939-1945). Finland's fight to defend her independence earned this tiny nation of just 3 million people a distinct place in history. Invaded by Stalin before World War II, Finland held out for months and inflicted huge losses on the invaders, but she was eventually crushed by the weight of Soviet numbers. When Germany invaded the USSR in 1941 the Finns fought alongside the Wehrmacht on the northern Russian Front, with great skill and courage in an attempt to regain their lost territories. When the German armies were forced to retreat in 1944, Finland managed to conclude a separate peace with the USSR – uniquely, without being forced to accept renewed Russian occupation. This book details the organisation, uniforms and equipment of this remarkable force.
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Table of Contents
The Winter War, 1939–40: the Finnish Army in 1939 – organization –uniforms – weapons & equipment · Foreign aid and volunteers · Civil Guard and Militia · Cold weather and camouflage clothing · Women auxiliaries · The Continuation War, 1941–44: Alliance with Germany – the Finnish Army in 1941 – organization –uniforms – weapons & equipment · Operation 'Barbarossa' · The anti-partisan war · The Lapland War, 1944–45 · Finland's surrender terms