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"Edwards recounts occasions, either shameful and heroic, with perception, conviction and massive wit."—Publishers Weekly

On November 30, 1939, the Soviet Union's pink military invaded the younger countryside of Finland, within the complete expectation of routing the small, ill-equipped Finnish military and annexing the previous Russian territory through the top of the 12 months. yet Finland held out for one hundred and five bitterly chilly, fiercely combative days, till March 15, 1940, while a peace contract ended the fast, savage wintry weather War.

on the stirring middle of the tale lie the resourcefulness and unravel of the Finnish humans, who opposed to all army odds—in wish of ammunition, foodstuff, sleep, and troops—fought a blundering, ineptly commanded purple military to a standstill. On March 15, they ceded to the Soviet eleven percentage in their territory and 30 percentage in their financial resources, yet none in their nationwide pride.

The Russians in the meantime had markedly broken their foreign status and successfully ruined their army reputation-to such an volume, as this probing bankruptcy in international warfare II heritage demonstrates, that Germany, with proud-blooded Finland as an best friend, dared to release its 1940 invasion of Russia. whilst, although, the fiasco of the iciness battle pressured Stalin to recognize the shortcomings of the purple military and to reform it: Germany could fall at Stalingrad in 1941.

With authority, this skillfully narrated army background unfolds its tale of the four-month Soviet-Finnish warfare and explores its results from London to Moscow, from Helsinki to Paris, to Washington, DC. 20 black-and-white illustrations

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