{Download Reading} Hitler's Nordic Ally?: Finland and the Total War 1939 - 1945Author Claes Johansen – Hometrainer-tests.de

Finland was the only nation with an elected and democratic government to fight on the German side in WWII Despite being small, poorly armed and made up of conscripts, the Finnish army was probably the most effective fighting force at the time, managing with practically no outside help to keep the mighty Red Army at bay for than three months during the Winter War of In , the devastating Soviet mass attack against the Finnish army involved the largest artillery assault of the entire WWII theatre of operations up until this point Nevertheless, the Finns eventually managed to halt the attack Most English books on Finland in WWII concentrate on the brief Winter War and make very little mention of the country s involvement in the remainder of the war, where it fought for than three years alongside the Germans against the Soviet Union, and later against Germany in the Lapland War This book examines this extremely important, highly dramatic and often overlooked and misunderstood chapter of WWII to a broad, English reading audienceBuilding on the latest historical research, Claes Johansen s ground breaking work explains how the Finnish war effort was planned and executed, how it was connected to the overall events of the era, and how the waging of a total war can affect a modern democratic society militarily, politically, diplomatically and on various levels of civilian life

4 thoughts on “Hitler's Nordic Ally?: Finland and the Total War 1939 - 1945

  1. Martin Wilsher Martin Wilsher says:


  2. Scott Scott says:

    While I have no doubt that serious scholars will find this 310 page tome plus appendices and index quite useful, it is entirely accessible and readable for those of us who are mere history buffs or who simply want to know about an extremely interesting time and place in recent history By chronicling Finland s experience during this period, Claes Johansen brings home the fact that the experience of each individual country was not only particular to that country but that not every nation self identified as either a member of the Axis or as a teammate of the Allies Smaller countries like Finland were mainly striving to survive with their independent nationhood intact Finland, we learn, did not so much participate in what we think of as World War II as fight three separate and successive wars while other wars were raging simultaneously in Europe and in the Pacific The author lays out Finland s complicated story by dividing it clearly into four distinct sections, corresponding to each of the three different Finnish wars and to the 15 month Interim Peace between the first two wars The narrative alternates between detailed descriptions of the political debates and maneuverings that preceded and followed each of the wars and blow by blow accounts of the military actions that shifted the Finnish Soviet border westward and then eastward and then westward again The battle narratives are brought to life by generous excerpts from journals and first hand accounts by participants on the ground and by many photographs of stunning quality from the war zones The author highlights in particular the participation and accounts of his Danish countrymen as well as other international volunteers from Norway, Sweden and the Baltic countries Some photos like that of a dead child being carried by a soldier or of the skeletal cadaver of a Russian prisoner of war are terrible to see and serve to remind us how horrific things were for so many people in Europe and during a period that was not that many years ago.

  3. SD Richardson SD Richardson says:

    Very good detail

  4. J. Wick J. Wick says:

    Very good book for those who study this unique part of WW2 history I have several others on this subject and this fills in some of the holes that others overlook, but also provides extra complementary details to what the other books do.