The Finns are coming! They dropped everything and ran.




Russia went for a land grab with Hitler in 1939, though the British and Americans pretended it didn't happen in1941. After many victories in the Winter War by the Finns, Viipuri (Vyborg) was finally captured by the Soviets, but it cost them dearly. Viipuri was a good port that the Russians had wanted for hundreds of years. The picture of Russian occupation troops was found by Antti when he returned to Viipuri in 1941.

Wartime Photos

More pictures of Stalin's buddies, captured by the victorious Finnish Army from Antti's collection.

"Mielellään ryssät kuori potatitkin" - Antti Joronen 1941

Näistä venäläisistä ei monikaan jäänyt henkeen kun
heidät palaudettiin Venäjälle sodan jälkeen.

"These Russians were even glad to peel the potatoes"
The Finns seem to be satisfied with that situation. Here are some well fed Russian prisoners.
Stalin did not appreciate returning prisoners of war. A total of some 5,5 million were recovered after the war. Thousands were massacred on arrival, while the overwhelming majority of the remainder disappeared and died in forced-labour camps. Stalin felt that anyone who had been outside the Soviet Union was a potential counter-revolutionary. The NKVD collected "enemies of the people" (including minorities) and sent them, untrained and frequently unarmed, to the battlefield. We hear so much about how bad Finland was in accepting aid from Hitler, but how about the genocide the West was involved in with Stalin including turning over whole nations to Stalin, who by some accounts, murdered more people than Hitler. Another way used to kill politically unfavorable people was by sending them onto the mine fields. General Ratov stated that "in the Soviet Union we use people," and declined British mine detectors.

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Russian POW's sharpening tools.

I wonder how many of these Russians were sent to Siberia or shot when they were turned over to Stalin after the war. Antti said some of them drowned themselves rather than go back, and conversations with other old soldiers confirmed similar stories. Into such a society did Churchill and Roosevelt condemn much of Eastern Europe, the Baltic States and Karelia.

Antti said that the Russian soldiers hardly ever had any food when they were taken prisoner. The Finns always had some hard black bread with them in addition to whatever else food they were supplied with. It was so hard that it was necessary to soak the bread in liquid, such as tea. Antti spoke a little Russian and said that their captives were very nice people and he treated them with respect.

"Ryssät heinällä"
Russians cutting hay.
Russians would rather do some work than be confined in some camp. They were used a lot on farms in Finland according to Antti. The Finns did not have to confine the Russian prisoners either because they were happy not to be fighting the Finnish people. They had been lied to by their government, and now that they knew the truth, they were dangerous to Stalin, who sent them away after the war to die in Siberia in most cases. Most did not want to go back to Russia but were forced to do so by the armistice agreement. By the way, this type of agreement which Churchill and Roosevelt entered into with Stalin was a death certificate in most cases - from the Baltic to the Adriatic.

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