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Finnish War Heroes  Finnish perspective of WW2. Short stories about heroism, battles and equipment. Discussion only in english. Est. 9th May 2017 🇫🇮🇫🇮🇫🇮

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Men of Finnish Civil Guard pictured after shooting competition. The Winner is at front row in the middle. His name is Simo Häyhä.
Original picture from 1920's is owned by Häyhä's relatives, I tried to fix it a little but hope that not too much!
#civilguard #suojeluskunta #finnish #warhero #winterwar #talvisota #kollaa #thewhitedeath #sniper #belajasmert #rautjärvi #suomi100

Death Sentence of Soviet Desantnik 17.07.1941.
Desantniks were Soviet spies who parachuted to Finland. Their missions varied; spying Finnish Army movements or sometimes they were trained to use explosives for sabotaging railways etc. Usually they had civilian clothes and excellent Finnish skills, aiming to blend into Finnish society.
This man jumped to somewhere near Hanko, Finland almost immediatelly when the Continuation War started. His name was Viktor Feigin. He was wearing Finnish Navy uniform without any ranks. His mission to cut railway connection Salo-Karjaa obviously failed. After week of interrogations Court-martial of 17th Division sentenced him to death and he was executed outside Pohja's graveyard. Before his death he shouted "Long live Stalin and Fatherland!" sa-kuva, coloured by Jared Enos from USA.
#desantnik #desantti #spy #vakooja #parachute #continuationwar #jatkosota #ww2 #hanko #suomi100

Now & Then: Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf.J (Sd.Kfz.161/2) Ps221-1 of Finnish Armoured Forces at the bridge of Oulu-river.
Finland ordered 30 Pz IV's from Germany. Price was 500000 FiM, index counted 85000€ per piece. Only 15 arrived before the Moscow Armistice. It compelled Finland to drive German troops from its territory, leading to the Lappland War 1944-45.
Panzers performance was weak at muddy roads and crossing over streams; Finns used instead captured T-34s that were good waders. The City of Oulu was very important service point of Wehrmacht during the Continuation War. My hometown saw closely WW2 actions even if it is located at Northern part of Bothnian Bay.
sa-kuva is taken 12.11.1944.
#finnish #armouredforces #panzerkampfwagen #pziv #tank #laguksennuolet #panssarivaunu
#laplandwar #lapinsota #oulu #oulujoki #rautasilta #suomi100

War Memories book of Simo Häyhä has been found!
This has been dividing people's thoughts in Finland. It is hand written inside by Simo himself, he wrotes "This is the list of my Sins". Häyhä confirms shooting over 500 Soviet soldiers. His relatives has kept a lot of Häyhä's personal items at storage and now those are shown at Simo Häyhä-museum opened this week.
I personally think Häyhä deserves to be honoured, even it is known that he didn't want to be noticed.
UPDATE: This is now confirmed as postwar item.
#finnish #warhero #thewhitedeath #valkoinenkuolema #häyhä #simuna #simohäyhä #winterwar #talvisota #ww2 #diary #päiväkirja #rautjärvi #suomi100

Unknown Soldier(trailer part II). Check part I from my gallery!!! #finnish #warmovie #continuationwar #jatkosota #ww2 #unknownsoldier #tuntematonsotilas2017 #tuntematon2017 #suomi100

Mannerheim Cross Knight no:81, Captain Paavo Olavi Koli (21.05.1921 - 25.03.1969)
When the Continuation War started Koli was secondary school canditate and 2nd Lieutenant of Engineer troops, Infantry Regiment 53.
Koli was leader of Detachment that was formed from two squads. Its mission was to recon Soviet positions, destroy connection lines and explode railways. In the beginning of September 1941 Koli's Detachment stopped enemy attack of 1000 men at Lebedevon-Elojärvi isthmus when Finnish Detachment that had lost its leaders was escaping.
But Koli was nominated not until summer '42.
Shortly about his nomination:" Lieutenant Koli is sturdy and skilful Engineer Officer. When overpowered enemy started to pressurise our positions aiming for encirle, Koli spontaneously started counter-attack. After 10 hours of fighting enemy Battalion was forced to retrieve. There was 200 fallen enemies in the battlefield, Lieutenant Koli's Platoon had zero casualties". Koli resigned from army 1945. He continued his studies and later became Doctor of Political Science and Principal of Tampere University.
In the picture Marshall Mannerheim is talking with Cross receiver Cadet Koli at Mikkeli, Army's HQ, 15.09.1942. sa-kuva.fi
#finnish #warhero #mannerheimcrossknight #continuationwar #ww2 #jatkosota #hq #mikkeli #päämaja #pioneeri #suomi100

Soviet instructions for cross-country skiing(?). This book was found among captured material during the Winter War. I guess they didn't have time to read it... sa-kuva.fi
#soviet #instructions #crosscountryskiing #winterwar #talvisota #ww2 #hiihtää #motti #raatteentie #suomi100

Danish guard in duty during the Winter War. About 1000 Danish volunteers came to Oulu, Finland preparing to fight against the Soviet Union. They started to learn how to ski and get familiar with cold climate. But soon it was noticed that their equipment were unsuitable. Frostbites and sickness from cold were teasing troops during practising. 21st January 1940 Northern city of Oulu was again attacked by Soviet bombers. Danish Matthias Madsen died from MG fire while running to air-raid shelter. Winter War ended before they were send to battlefields.
One April morning infirmary was empty, Danes had disappeared in the middle of the night. Hitler had attacked to Denmark and Norway.
Picture is taken 10.01.1940 sa-kuva.fi
#danish #denmark #dane #volunteer #guard #winterwar #talvisota #vapaaehtoinen #oulu #lyseo #suomi100

Finnish fighter pilots of Flying Squadron 24 Jussi Huotari, Ilmari Juutilainen and Emil Vesa. The Plane is Brewster B-239 (F2A-1).
This BW-364 was Juutilainen`s(centered)plane. He is the most successful non-Luftwaffe pilot of all time with 94 victories. Interesting fact is that when Soviet archives opened BW-364 had more victories in their count than Finns!
Picture is taken 27.06.1942 at Hirvas. sa-kuva.fi, coloured by Tommi Rossi.
#finnish #warheroes #brewster #f2a #brewsterbuffalo #flyingace #continuationwar #jatkosota #hirvas #suomi100

Mannerheim Cross Knight no:12, Corporal Emil Pasanen (25.08.1910 - 06.10.1981)

My note: When we read stories about these heroes we must understand that they were fighting about Independence against overpowered enemy. This man was another humble farmer but with Suomi KP he was deadly soldier.
Shortly about his nomination: “During the battle at Suvilahti 21.08.41 Jäger(=Private ) Pasanen destroyed dozens of enemies escaping from houses under direct artillery gun fire. The next day at Jessoila he conquered important bridgehead hill with his fighting couple and holded it even his comrade had fallen until more troops came to help. 08.09.41 at Prääsä Pasanen was the only man able to battle against enemy's breakthrough attempt. With his MG he alone stopped the attack of 200 men". Pasanen was nominated immediatelly after army HQ got the Division Commander Major Aho's recommendations.
Pictured is Private Pasanen with Mannerheim Cross at his chest, Syväri(Svir), Pertjärvi, 27.08.1942. sa-kuva.fi
#finnish #warhero #mannerheimcrossknight #continuationwar #ww2 #jatkosota #syväri #svir #pertjärvi #submachinegun #suomikp #suomi100

Fieldpost has arrived!
Veskelys-Jessoila 01.07.1944 sa-kuva.fi.
#finnish #warheroes #continuationwar #jatkosota #ww2 #fieldpost #kenttäposti #suomi100

Another cool picture from the Army's archive. My kind of way to dim headlights! But can you say the manufacturer of this car? sa-kuva.
#car #headlights #dimmed #gasmask #packard #touring #limousine #v12 #sa1 #marshall #mannerheim #ww2 #suomi100

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