Finnish troops chased the Soviets out of East Karelia, the area that Finns claim as theirs on historical and ethnic grounds. Stalin murdered thousands of ethnic Finns/Karelians in this region between 1930-39. Finns started schools in the Eastern Karelian dialect, only to lose this region again in 1944, thanks to American assistance. These rare photos were provided by Walter Oras' daughter Layla.
I had the great honor of interviewing my wife's uncle in 2007, a few months before his death. One of the last heroes of East Karelia, Reino Harinen from Rääkkylä (Finnish)
Quietly Flows the Syväri (Svir, Rus.). The other side is held by Soviets. The Finns held this side until 1944, when retreat became inevitable, and Finns said good-bye once again to their beloved Laatokka and Äänisjärvi. Syväri flows between these two ancient Finnish lakes, the area that belongs to the Finnish tribes.