The Hundred Day Winter War: Finland's Gallant Stand Against the Soviet Army

The Hundred Day Winter War Finland s Gallant Stand Against the Soviet Army When the Red Army invaded Finland in November most observers expected a walkover Instead in a gallant stand that captured the world s imagination the tiny Finnish army was able to hold off Stal

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  • Title: The Hundred Day Winter War: Finland's Gallant Stand Against the Soviet Army
  • Author: Gordon F. Sander
  • ISBN: 9780700619108
  • Page: 297
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When the Red Army invaded Finland in November 1939 most observers expected a walkover Instead, in a gallant stand that captured the world s imagination, the tiny Finnish army was able to hold off Stalin s mechanized echelons for 105 days Gordon F Sander peels away the layers of myth surrounding this Nordic Thermopylae to reveal the conflict in its full military, politicWhen the Red Army invaded Finland in November 1939 most observers expected a walkover Instead, in a gallant stand that captured the world s imagination, the tiny Finnish army was able to hold off Stalin s mechanized echelons for 105 days Gordon F Sander peels away the layers of myth surrounding this Nordic Thermopylae to reveal the conflict in its full military, political, and cultural contexts A bestseller in Finland, the English language version of Sander s book draws on interviews with both Finnish and Russian veterans of the war, in addition to a bountiful archive of articles from both the Western and Finnish press, to create the most comprehensive and up to date single volume history of the war.Written in real time to give the reader a you are there feeling, the book describes the Finns stunning defeat of the Soviets initial massive offensive, including the destruction of several Red divisions by Finnish ski troops the deceptively calm January interregnum, when the two sides engaged in a complicated diplomatic minuet and the final, titanic Red assault itself, which finally drove the Finns to the peace table though not before they had forged one of the great legends of modern military history.Using his intimate knowledge of Finland and Finnish history, the author explains how the Finns winter skills, their innate sisu, or toughness, and their devotion to both their young republic and their brilliant and inspiring commander in chief, Gustav Mannerheim, together enabled them to make their historic stand.Sander explores such oft ignored aspects of the conflict as Finnish press censorship the abortive Allied rescue mission across Scandinavia that was a factor in Stalin s surprising decision to bring the war to a halt the Kremlin s novel use of paratroopers in the war and the pivotal role played by the Lotta Svard, the Finnish all purpose women s auxiliary Illustrating Sander s fast paced text are nearly 50 photographs, including numerous never seen before images of both the battlefront and the home front.Hailed by Helsingin Sanomat, Finland s leading daily, as a bittersweet morality play that opens up this quintessentially Finnish tale to a much wider and admiring readership and by STT, Finland s leading news agency, as an outstanding book that combines brilliant writing with a rock solid factual foundation, Sander s compelling book fills a key gap in the record of the Second World War.

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    1. I have just finished Gordon Sander’s book on the 1939 war between Finland and Russian know as the Hundred Day War or the Winter War (Talvisota). Although I have two to three books on this subject in my library this is the first title I have actually read on this conflict. Therefore I cannot compare it to the many books currently available however I can say that it does provide a nice and easy to read overview or general history of this war.The author takes us from the sudden commencement of th [...]

    2. Teksti eteni jouhevasti ja sitä oli helppo lukea. Ei juututtu liikaa sotataktiikan selittämiseen, josta keskiverto sotakirjallisuuden lukija ei välttämättä saa kauheasti irti. Toisaalta kirjassa kyllä hypittiin ajoittain päivistä toiseen ja sitten vain todettiin, että kiirehdittiin asioiden edelle. Olettaisin, että kirjan rakenteen olisi saanut tehtyä myös kronologisesti päivä kerrallaan eteneväksi. Muutamia virheitäkin kirjassa oli, mm. puolustusministerin ja opetusministerin n [...]

    3. A very good book about all the aspects of this forgotten part of the Second World War. Sander uses a lot of the views of the media coverage and shows how Finland was all the rage in the west for their stand against the Soviet Union The author goes from western capitals to Helsinki and then to the front and then again showing the overall show that was the war. It was the only war with actual fighting which is forgotten about today as we focus on the battles after forgetting that for a while the w [...]

    4. Äärmiselt huvitav ja hästi loetav pilguheit Talvesõjale. Fennofiilist ameeriklane Gordon F. Sander kombineerib Eestis tuntud (nt Max Jakobson "Talvesõja dplomaatia"; C.G.Mannerheimi mälestused) ja tundmata vaadet Talvesõjale (hulga inglise ja ameerika ajakirjanike memuaarid Talvesõjaaegsest Soomest ja kirjeldused lääneriikide meediast, rahva ja poliitikute seas levinud meelsustest) teksti rikastavad katked intervjuudest veteranidega mõlemalt poolt.

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