Finland at War 1939-45

Finland at War 1939-45


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781841769691
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 07/25/2006
Series: Elite Series
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 625,296
Product dimensions: 7.24(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.16(d)

About the Author

Philip Jowett was born in Leeds in 1961, and has been interested in military history for as long as he can remember. His first Osprey book was the ground-breaking Men-at-Arms 306: 'Chinese Civil War Armies 1911–49'. He has since published a three-part sequence on the Italian Army 1940–45 (Men-at-Arms 340, 349 & 353). A rugby league enthusiast and amateur genealogist, he is married and lives in Lincolnshire.

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

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Finland at War 1939 - 45 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ManipledMutineer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very interesting exploration of this little-known. The Finns' gallant defence of their territory against the USSR deserves to be better known amongst English-speaking readers and this short book provides a good introduction to the battles, uniforms, weapons and tactics employed. The illustrations are also good, as ever.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very good overview of the Finnish Army if WW2.
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