Posts about Continuation War
So I just finished reading the book "The Unknown Soldier" (amazing book btw) and I started wondering: what do Finnish people think about the war? Was it necessary? Was it inevitable? How could it have been avoided? Etc.
Obviously, at least here in Latvia, we respect you a lot for the Winter War and standing up to Russians (unlike us), but I suspect the Continuation War is a little bit more delicate and not as much talked about, despite being just as big.
Cheers from Latvia!
Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim was appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Finland's armed forces in November 1939 after the Soviet invasion of Finland. He participated in the planning of Operation Barbarossa and led the Finnish Defence Forces during the Continuation War (1941–1944).
Finland routs the Red Army at the Battle of Tali-Ihantala during the Continuation War( part of WWII) in 1944, to date one of the largest battles ever fought in Scandinavia, leading to a ceasefire between the 2 countries.
Finland in many ways was the Soviet Union's Vietnam, small country, with not much military resource, giving a bloody nose to the Red Army twice, once in the Winter War, and later the Continuation War, that occured in parallel to WWII.
What the Finns, lacked in resources, they more than made it up with some smart tactics, using guerilla and ambush attacks, taking good advanage of the terrain, effective use of snipers, and above all a national spirit of unity, where everyone was against the Soviets. The Finns had earlier halted the Red Army advance at Siiranmäki and Perkjärvi against all odds. With not many tanks or aircraft, the Finns concentrated on 2 areas they were particularly strong at their artillery and snipers.
Between July 1-9, the Finns heavily concentrated their artillery in one area, and began to fire on the advancing Soviet tanks. As many as 21 batteries, with 250 guns, firing at the same time. The Red Army's tanks were sitting ducks. Around 600 Soviet tanks were lost to the concentrated artillery fire, while around 300 aircraft were shot down. And they lost around 22,000 men, it was a terribly bad defeat in the hands of a much smaller nation, with lesser military firepower.https://i.redd.it/kywooi4sqga91.pnghttps://i.redd.it/8qoackjsqga91.pnghttps://i.redd.it/clabjt2tqga91.pnghttps://i.redd.it/lv7qv9htqga91.png