Finland at War 1939–45 cover
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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.

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

Product details

Published Jul 25 2006
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781841769691
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 39 b/w; 8 col
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series Elite
Short code ELI 141
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Philip Jowett

Philip Jowett was born in Leeds in 1961 and has be…

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Raffaele Ruggeri

Raffaele Ruggeri was born in Bologna where he stil…

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