[Free Audiobooks] The Hundred Day Winter War: Finland's Gallant Stand Against the Soviet Army (Modern War Studies)Author Gordon F Sander – Hometrainer-tests.de

When the Red Army invaded Finland in Novembermost observers expected a walkover Instead, in a gallant stand that captured the worlds imagination, the tiny Finnish army was able to hold off Stalins mechanised echelons fordays lt brgt lt brgt 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 Sanders 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 lt brgt lt brgt 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 tablethough not before they had forged one of the great legends of modern military history lt brgt lt brgt Using his intimate knowledge of Finland and Finnish history, the author explains how the Finns winter skills, their innate lt emgt sisult emgt , 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 lt brgt lt brgt 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 Stalins surprising decision to bring the war to a halt the Kremlins novel use of paratroopers in the war and the pivotal role played by the lt emgt Lotta Svardlt emgt , the Finnish all purpose womens auxiliary lt brgt lt brgt Illustrating Sanders fast paced text are nearlyphotographs, including numerous never seen before images of both the battlefront and the home front lt brgt lt brgt Hailed by lt emgt Helsingin Sanomatlt emgt , Finlands leading daily, as a bittersweet morality play that opens up this quintessentially Finnish tale to a much wider and admiring readership and by STT, Finlands leading news agency, as an outstanding book that combines brilliant writing with a rock solid factual foundation, Sanders compelling book fills a key gap in the record of the Second World War


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