Finland at War 1939-45, Paperback

Finland at War 1939-45 Paperback

Illustrated by Raffaele Ruggeri

Part of the Elite series

4 out of 5 (1 rating)


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."


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 48 pages, Illustrations (some col.)
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9781841769691



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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.

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