17 The Winter War

The Winter War

Posted on November 22, 2011 by

These are some photos of the events which took place during the Winter War (between the Soviet Union and Finland), soldiers and their life. Take a look!


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17 Responses to “The Winter War”

  1. Todd says:

    Thank you…
    Great fotos

  2. JS says:

    The same lesson to the Russians as the US learned in Vietnam. Well, at least the lesson they got. Neither Russia or the US learned anything I think.

    • Tovarich Volk says:

      True, Afghanistan, for both, and Iraq for the US.

      • asdf says:

        Actually, USSR attacked also Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Czechoslovakia… I’d never say that Iraq and Afghanistan aren’t US war crime, but c’mon, how does that explain what USSR did?

    • Grzgrz says:

      Absolutely not the same lesson. Vietnam war could and should be won and was an aid to the non-communist Vietnamese (though ill conducted). If the US broke Ho Shi Min trail in Laos we would talk a history without Oliver Stone. Whatever the balance was there were opposing sides within Vietnam, not so in Finland.
      Winter war was an aggresion against an independent nation. The nation heroic enough to painfully slap Soviet wrists and at the huge cost preserve their freedom f. rom Soviet system of enslavement,

      • ayaa says:

        Really? So everything the US does is for the greater good and above reproach, is that it?

      • Gulgul says:

        @Grzgrz might be a Russian hating Polak. I’m glad the Finns defeated the Russians but @Grzgrz is not wise to talk positively about the US role in Vietnam. The communists won and are still in power today and the US trades with them. If it wasn’t for the US millions of Vietnamese and others would still be alive.

    • asdf says:

      Yeah, seriously, are Russians really not ashamed of this war? I know this will soon disappear, but just think of asking yourselves this question before saying how good USSR was.

      • asdf says:

        I should add one thing, that above is nothing personal against Russians. I have some friends there, I love Dostoyevski, Bulgakov and Chekhov and I’ll always believe, that Russians can be fantastic friends, that’s just that so many of you (or maybe few, but you’re pretty loud) glorify USSR that was.

  3. Archy Bunka says:

    The result of failing to take Finland, and showing the world what Stalin’s purge had done to the Soviet army, emboldened Hitler to attack the USSR. Was that a big enough price?

    • OLUT says:

      I don’t know if that was what gave Hitler the go-ahead, but it’s an interesting thought. Hitler and Stalin had their Molotov-Ribbentrop pact to secretly divide Europe into Hitler’s half, Stalin’s half. The fact Hitler betrayed it was about as predictable as two bandits holding a bag of loot.

      I’m just very, very happy that Finland never fell to Stalin and the USSR. Fifty years of our own system, friendly to Russia, friendly to the West, was a much better reality than being gobbled up.

      • Archy Bunka says:

        This is not a thought, it’s a fact. Hitler was receiving intelligence about the state of the USSR all the time. It’s hard to hide the fact that a third of your armies officers are being removed. The disaster that was the Winter War only confirmed what Stalin had done to the Soviet army.

        • ayaa says:

          Thats not a fact at all. You believe that it was failure in the winter war, and the purges that prodded Hitler into attack. Others believe that it was the non-agression pact and the subsequent effect of lulling Stalin into a false sense of security.

          Which side is right? The only one who can tell us has been dead for 66 years.

  4. OLUT says:

    Interesting to see these, with Independence day coming up in a couple weeks. Such a source of pride for all Finns, but still such a horrible thing, the war… my parents were born just as it started and my grandmother was so afraid. She was from southern Karelia, so it was very close.

    So many good men fought and kept our nation free. It’s such a sad thing how many people died, regardless of home country, so Hitler and Stalin could be important.

  5. Kent of Sweden says:

    The fact about the Ribbentrop pact is that in fact neither side expected it to last. Each side had their own reasons for signing it. Hitler wanted Russia to stay out of his hair while he dealt with Poland and Rumania and the rest of eastern Europe. Then it came in handy when France and Britain (totally unexpected to him) Got in it because of their pact with Poland. Stalin needed the pact to keep Germany out of his hair until the red army was ready to take on whoever won between Germany and France-Britain. A state he expected the red army to reach around 43 – 44

  6. Master says:

    Luckily all the dead dudes in these pictures are ruskies.

  7. ArmaFennica says:

    I think one of the photos of Finnish troopers is a fake, taken from a re-enactment event.
    Everything in that photo is awray.
    -23rd of the 1st page.

    Also, 3rd from the 2nd page is from the next war, not from Winter War.

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