Free Prime The Winter War: The Russo-Finnish War of 1939-1940Author William R Trotter –

This book plunges anyone who likes heroic tales and exciting epics of battle as well as emotional descriptions of miserable conditions in times of war into a new world the little known world of the Finns and even less known story of the Winter War How much of a major role it took in deciding the outcome of WW2 is staggering when compared to how little known it s story is In fact, I guess the Soviets could have thanked the whole campaign for initiating a thorough shakedown and reformation in the Red ranks JUST in time for opposing the Wehrmacht This is one of those books the description of which had me tied down and I found myself speed reading sections that told of key battles and events just so I could get to the end Even whilst achieving a definite air of battlesome excitement, William Trotter stays fair and the lack of bias really makes this book an enjoyable eye opener that you can trust rather than feel misled by, especially for those interested in either Finland or warfare of that era. OnNovember , Soviet bombers unloaded their bombs on Helsinki, the capital of Finland Stalin s ultimatum, demanding the cession of huge tracts of territory as a buffer zone against Nazi Germany, had been rejected by the Finnish government, and now a small Baltic republic was at war with the giant Soviet military machine But this forgotten war, fought under brutal, sub arctic conditions, often with great heroism on both sides, proved one of the most astonishing in military history Using guerrilla fighters on skis, even reindeer to haul supplied on sleds, heroic single handed attacks on tanks, and with unfathomable endurance and the charismatic leadership of one of the th century s true military geniuses, Finland not only kept at bay but won an epic, if short lived, victory over the hapless Russian conscripts Its surreal engagements included the legendary Sausage Battle , when starving Soviet troops who had over run a Finnish encampment couldn t resist the cauldrons of hot sausage soup left behind by their opponents and were ambushed as they stopped to sup Although by sheer attritional weight of numbers Stalin eventually prevailed over the Finns, their pointed resistance enabled their country to remain free, even as other countries fell one by one