More Continuation War Clips.







    When Hitler attacked the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941, Finland knew the Soviet Union would strike because Soviet diplomats had said on several occasions that in the event of war with Germany, the Soviet Union would immediately launch an offensive against Finland. After the unprovoked attack and seizure of Karelia by the Soviets, Finland had no illusions about the future aims of Stalin. For this reason, Finland allowed German troops on its soil, which made it difficult to claim neutrality. The Finnish government prepared a declaration of neutrality, but on June 22 and June 25, 1941 the Soviet air force dropped bombs on a number of towns in southern Finland. On June 25, the Finnish parliament declared that a state of war existed between Finland and the Soviet Union. The new war was called "Continuation War" by the Finns because Soviet Union broke the treaty of March, 1940, and continued the Winter War. Finland found herself alone again, and on the wrong side of the war. Hitler offered supplies, which Finland found hard to refuse under the circumstances. But the alliance was informal and Finland did not cooperate any more than necessary, and certainly not in turning over Jews to him as requested. The Finns knew what genocide was from experience, and wanted no part of it. The Finns were not Nazis, contrary to Churchill's accusations which he called Finns "Nazi ridden." Yes, volunteers joined Hitler SS, to the great shame of the Finnish people, but Finland itself was not under any Nazi government of control. Finns had enough on their plate just staying free. Russians love to legitimize their war booty of Karelia by claiming they "liberated" it from "Nazis." If this is true, why did they keep Karelia and not turn it over back to the karelian people? Russians never cease to amaze this writer, as one Pole said "Russians can deny the nose on their face." Finns try not to hold any grudges, but we tend to be cautious when dealing with our neighbor. The Finnish Movie "Unknown Soldier" is about the Finns taking back what is theirs. The writer's father, had been a radio operator in the Winter War, was now on Lake Ladoga mopping up Russian held islands, and rose to the rank of sergeant. Antti was familiar with his Karelia province and was a good fisherman, but refused to hunt animals. The movie is about his Winter War regiment.

    Finland did what it could to let food supplies through to Leningrad, refusing German requests to do otherwise. Most of the nuisance was caused by Hitler's submarines in the North Sea. Field Marshal Mannerheim himself said he did not want the blood of the Leningrad people on his hands.

    Unlike Russia, Finland would not sign a formal alliance with Hitler, but was only a co-belligerent fighting to regain Karelia, which has special significance to the Finnish people, their identity. By attacking Finland, Stalin gave Hitler the confidence he needed to bring Barbarossa onto the Russian people, and forced Finland and any other country fighting Communism to fight with the Germans.

    Finland had a Social Democratic government since just after WW1 with no interest in fascism whatsoever. Of course there were fascists in Finland as in other countries, but the Finns themselves and their leaders were not. If Finland was a fascist sympathizer, (as were the Soviets in 1939) then Churchill and Roosevelt, who began a campaign of demonizing the Finns, must have been Communist sympathizers. It was a totally false accusation. After Poland was betrayed by Britain, every meeting by the Allies with Stalin produced yet another betrayal of Eastern Europe and Finland. Many troubling questions about the Allies' assumptions and motivations remain. Both Hitler and Stalin being just as bad, can Churchill claim to be more holy than Mannerheim? Did Churchill say Finland was fighting for freedom and justice? Absolutely not! Were not both men fighting evil regimes? Was Churchill himself helping Stalin with his evil deeds? Did Churchill's support of forced return of citizens of Soviet Union actually condemn them to death? There is a lot of evidence to implicate the Allies in joint collaboration in these activities and many excuses have been offered to justify them, or they were unmentionable events. Investigative journalism by the press largely ignored these evils, to their shame, as they did Stalin's murdering purges, but there are a few journalists/writers like this one, who will not let these facts die. So perhaps Stalin had converted his two friends to his way of thinking. Perhaps they thought that some form of Socialism was a good thing, and Stalin was on the right track. Obviously they thought that these concepts were opposite of what Finland stood for. Who was in the right? Who had the moral high ground?"Finland, Rumania, Hungary and others of the Nazi ridden or Fascist ridden States."
    Finnish treatment of Russian POW's
    Finnish advance to East Karelia, the ancient ethnic home of Finnish/Karelian people. Including the writer's ancestors.
    The end comes, 1944




In 1944, Finland made peace with the Soviet Union and the Allies, and chased German troops, that burned and destroyed Finnish property in their retreat, to their bases in Norway. This was called the Lapland War. The tragedy of this whole thing is that if the Allies had forced Russia to reinstate the borders of 1939, Finland might have fought with the Allies. Instead they forced Finland to accept aid from Germany, and allowed Russia to retain its gains of 1939. 1944 and 1945 were the years of betrayal of Finland and Eastern Europe. The writer's parents, a newly wed couple, had to abandon their homes and run for their lives in 1944. Now Russians are living in what were Finnish homes, and working in what were Finnish factories, and owning what were lovely and prosperous Finnish farms. Today the Russian government vehemently opposes Jewish occupation of Arab lands. Would these justice loving people like to return the land they took from the Finns?
Lend Lease Weapons sent from the US to the Soviet Union


Finnish Air Defenses

The Finnish Air Force
Finnish Brewster 239 "Buffalo"
FAF Aircraft in WWII
Finnish Fighter History WWII


Clip claims Soviets attacked Finland due to "defense requirements of Leningrad."
In reality it was for the same reason as Hitler: territorial expansion for Stalin.


Finnish Air Force "Aces"

Juutilainen Eino
Wind Hans
Luukkanen Eino
Lehtovaara Urho
Tuominen Oiva
Puhakka Risto
Puro Olavi
Katajainen Nils
Nissinen Lauri
Karhila Kyösti
Karhunen Jorma
Vesa Emil
Järvi Turo
Alakoski Klaus
Tervo Altto
Saarinen Jorma
Kinnunen Eero
Tani Antti
Myllylä Urho
Suhonen Väinä
Pyötsiä Viktor
Teromaa Erik
Pekuri Lauri
Huotari Jouko
Turkka Yrjö
Sarvanto Jorma
Lumme Aulis
Riihikallio Eero
Halonen Eero
Alho Martti
Nuorala Aaro
Lampi Heimo
Kokko Pekka
Pallasvuo Yrjö
Sovelius Per
Aaltonen Lasse
Sarjamo Urho
Paronen Onni
Koskinen Eino
Laitinen Ahti
Ahokas Leo
Tärränen Iikka
Nieminen Urho
Leino Hemmo
Erkinheimo Niilo
Kalima Martti
Metsola Kai
Peltola Eino
Lahtela Kullervo
Karu Veikko
Pasila Mikko
Kirjonen Mauno
Berg Paavo
Kauppinen Viljo
Hillo Jaakko
Mattila Ture
Savonen Joel
Inehmo Martti
Lyly Erik
Bremer Aulis
Porvari Valio
Jutila Lauri
Trontti Nils
Virtanen Väinö
Tomminen Toivo
Huhanantti Tatu
Linnanmaa Aarre
Salminen Pauli
Virta Kelpo
Avikainen Onni
Hattinen Lars
Durchman Matti
Nurminen Pentti
Gerdt Aimo
Ikonen Sakari
Magnusson Gustaf
Kauppinen Osmo
Lautamäki Lauri
Fräntila Mauno
Keskinummi Kosti
Mellin Paavo
Rimminen Veikko
Kiljunen Aaro
Tilli Pentti
Ehrnrooth Erkki
Myllymäki Jouko
Evinen Veikko
Lakio Vilppu
Lindberg Kim
Massinen Pauli
Nyman Atte
Pokela Väinö
Kajanto Jaakko
Koskelainen Arvo
Alapuro Veikko
Joensuu Antti
94 1/6 kills(Top Messerschmitt Bf 109 ace with 58 kills)
75 kills (Top Brewster B-239 ace with 39 kills)
56 kills
44 1/2 kills (Top Morane MS 406 ace with 15 kills)
44 kills (Top Fiat G.50 ace with 23 kills)
42 kills
36 kills
35 1/2 kills
32 1/3 kills
32 1/4 kills
31 1/2 kills
29 1/2 kills
28 1/2 kills
26 kills
23 1/4 kills (Top Curtiss 75A ace with 15 3/4 kills)
23 kills
22 1/2 kills
21 1/2 kills
21 kills
19 1/2 kills
19 1/2 kills
19 kills
18 1/2 kills
17 1/2 kills
17 1/12 kills
16 5/6 kills (Highest scoring ace during Winter War with 12 5/6 kills)
16 1/2 kills
16 1/2 kills
16 kills
15 kills
14 1/2 kills
13 1/2 kills
13 1/3 kills
12 5/6 kills
12 3/4 kills
12 2/3 kills
12 1/2 kills
12 1/2 kills
12 1/3 kills
12 kills
12 kills
11 1/4 kills
11 kills
11 kills
10 3/4 kills
10 1/2 kills
10 1/2 kills
10 1/2 kills
10 1/4 kills
10 kills
10 kills
9 3/4 kills
9 1/2 kills
9 1/2 kills
8 kills
8 kills
8 kills
8 kills
8 kills
7 1/2 kills
7 1/2 kills
7 1/2 kills
7 kills
7 kills
6 1/2 kills
6 kills
6 kills
6 kills
6 kills
6 kills
6 kills
6 kills
5 5/6 kills
5 5/6 kills
5 3/4 kills
5 1/2 kills
5 1/2 kills
5 1/2 kills
5 1/2 kills
5 1/2 kills
5 1/2 kills
5 1/3 kills
5 1/3 kills
5 1/6 kills
5 kills
5 kills
5 kills
5 kills
5 kills
5 kills
5 kills
5 kills
5 kills
5 kills
5 kills
5 kills
Finnish Air Force had altogether 96 aces




Finnish Air War video clip - Watch this movie about some of the activities of the Finnish Air Force.

Finland's Soviet War Debt

The demands Russia made on Finland after the war were outrageous - and they had to be paid in eight years. Here are two of the 589 narrow gauge locomotives manufactured by Tampella (of Tampere) and Locomo, bound for the Soviet Union. (What, they want payment and Karelia too?) This payment was just a slap, the real loss was Karelia itself, the price of which would be astronomical, in fact priceless. The Russians may have been given as many as 60 000 saunas. Finland is exploring peaceful solutions to repatriation of Karelia. There would be benefits to both sides.


Here is a partial list of manufactured goods (US$300,000,000 - actual value was close to US$570,000,0000 - discrepancy due to pricing basis used) sent to the Soviet Union:

ITEM
Narrow gauge locomotives by Tampella and Locomo
300 ton schooners with 225 hp diesels by Valmet -
800 hp deep sea trollers -
3200 ton freighters -
2000 ton steel barges or tankers -
1000 ton barges -
150 hp river tug boats -
Tampella TS 7 metal lathes -
Paper machinery -
Cardboard machines -
Miscellaneous industrial electric motors -
Modular houses (USD) -
Lumber handling vehicles -
Wire Cable (Tons) -
Miscellaneous e.g.. Cranes by Kone oy
The rich and beautiful province of Karelia
The Karelian Culture
QUANTITY
589
91
10
9
25
200
50
220
4
5
27 431
7 000 000
200
21 087



The Big Three in Yalta

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