History UsefulNotes / FinnsWithFearsomeForests

29th Aug '16 8:34:01 AM Eyeshield
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* ColdSniper: Both literally (given the climate) and figuratively.
** UsefulNotes/SimoHayha, AKA [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the White Death]], greatest sniper ever. After having collected 522 confirmed kills with his Mosin-Nagant M28 rifle with no scope (he didn't trust scopes; the lens could frost up in the cold and sunlight reflecting off it could give away his position) and at least 200 confirmed with his Suomi M31 SMG in 96 days (a record 48 over Christmas, no time for celebration)[[note]]Yes, he really did average killing 7.5 men a day.[[/note]], having survived Soviet army snipers sent to assassinate him, artillery barrages designed solely to kill him, and air strikes to his position, the Soviets got lucky, and he was shot in the face by an explosive munition. He woke up from the resulting coma nine days later, the same day hostilities stopped. Simo then withdrew to a peaceful life of hunting moose and breeding dogs and living to be above 90 himself. Simo was so much of a {{Badass}} that it is hard to believe, when asked how he could kill so many, he replied "[[CharlesAtlasSuperpower practice]]"[[note]]He also said that 'he did what he was ordered to do as well as he possibly could'[[/note]].
*** Though, it is important to notice that Finns tend to be very factual and to-the-point culturally and linguistically. Mr. Häyhä was a hunter before the war (as were great many Finnish men back then), so he had previous experience in handling a weapon, thus stating matter-of-factly his previous occupation. Not that it diminishes his awesomeness one bit.

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* ColdSniper: Both literally (given the climate) Literally and figuratively.
** UsefulNotes/SimoHayha, AKA [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the White Death]], greatest sniper ever. After having collected 522 confirmed kills with his Mosin-Nagant M28 rifle with no scope (he didn't trust scopes; the lens could frost up in the cold and sunlight reflecting off it could give away his position) and at least 200 confirmed with his Suomi M31 SMG in 96 days (a record 48 over Christmas, no time for celebration)[[note]]Yes, he really did average killing 7.5 men a day.[[/note]], having survived Soviet army snipers sent to assassinate him, artillery barrages designed solely to kill him, and air strikes to his position, the Soviets got lucky, and he was shot in the face by an explosive munition. He woke up from the resulting coma nine days later, the same day hostilities stopped. Simo then withdrew to a peaceful life of hunting moose and breeding dogs and living to be above 90 himself. Simo was so much of a {{Badass}} that it is hard to believe, when asked how he could kill so many, he replied "[[CharlesAtlasSuperpower practice]]"[[note]]He also said that 'he did what he was ordered to do as well as he possibly could'[[/note]].
*** Though, it is important to notice that
figuratively. Finns in general tend to be very factual and to-the-point straight to the point culturally and linguistically. Mr. Häyhä Ironically, [[UsefulNotes/SimoHayha their most famous sniper]] was a hunter before the war (as were great many Finnish men back then), so he had previous experience in handling a weapon, thus stating matter-of-factly his previous occupation. Not that it diminishes his awesomeness one bit. FriendlySniper.



* FriendlySniper: UsefulNotes/SimoHayha.

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* FriendlySniper: UsefulNotes/SimoHayha.UsefulNotes/SimoHayha, AKA [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the White Death]], greatest sniper ever. After having collected 522 confirmed kills with his Mosin-Nagant M28 rifle with no scope (he didn't trust scopes; the lens could frost up in the cold and sunlight reflecting off it could give away his position) and at least 200 confirmed with his Suomi M31 SMG in 96 days (a record 48 over Christmas, no time for celebration)[[note]]Yes, he really did average killing 7.5 men a day.[[/note]], having survived Soviet army snipers sent to assassinate him, artillery barrages designed solely to kill him, and air strikes to his position, the Soviets got lucky, and he was shot in the face by an explosive munition. He woke up from the resulting coma nine days later, the same day hostilities stopped. Simo then withdrew to a peaceful life of hunting moose and breeding dogs and living to be above 90 himself. Simo was so much of a {{Badass}} that it is hard to believe, when asked how he could kill so many, he replied "[[CharlesAtlasSuperpower practice]]"[[note]]He also said that 'he did what he was ordered to do as well as he possibly could'[[/note]]. And yet despite that, people generally vouched for him being very friendly and a great guy to be with.
*** Though, it is important to notice that Finns tend to be very factual and to-the-point culturally and linguistically. Mr. Häyhä was a hunter before the war (as were great many Finnish men back then), so he had previous experience in handling a weapon, thus stating matter-of-factly his previous occupation. Not that it diminishes his awesomeness one bit.
25th Jul '16 2:01:56 AM morane
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* TranquilFury: Called ''valkoinen raivo'' ("white rage") in Finnish language. One of the nastier aspects of Finns. While, according to military psychologists, only some 2% of soldiers were able to shoot aimed shots against the enemy in WWII, this number was more than 20% amongst Finns: Finnish soldiers aimed and shot to kill, not to intimidate.
18th Jul '16 5:47:39 AM EchoFourDelta
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* TrainingFromHell: Special forces, such as Parachute Rangers, or elites such as Reserve Officer Academy. Finnish conscripts, like the Israelis, tend to be of unusually high standard in world scale.

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* TrainingFromHell: Special forces, such as Parachute Rangers, or elites such as Reserve Officer Academy. Finnish conscripts, like the Israelis, tend to be of unusually high standard in world scale.
18th Jul '16 5:16:49 AM EchoFourDelta
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*** Finnish army snipers are supposedly still being trained to take on main battle tanks with big rifles. There are plenty of vulnerable spots even on a modern tank where a well placed shot can do serious damage (sensors etc.)
1st Apr '16 4:45:23 AM esa-saari
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* ConservationOfNinjitsu: The Red Army vastly outnumbered the Finns and still lost on the battlefield.

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* ConservationOfNinjitsu: The Red Army vastly outnumbered the Finns and still lost on the battlefield.battlefield[[note]]http://weheartit.com/entry/18990146[[/note]].
1st Apr '16 4:40:47 AM esa-saari
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** UsefulNotes/SimoHayha, AKA [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the White Death]], greatest sniper ever. After having collected 522 confirmed kills with his Mosin-Nagant M28 rifle with no scope (he didn't trust scopes; the lens could frost up in the cold and sunlight reflecting off it could give away his position) and at least 200 confirmed with his Suomi M31 SMG in 96 days (a record 48 over Christmas, no time for celebration)[[note]]Yes, he really did average killing 7.5 men a day.[[/note]], having survived Soviet army snipers sent to assassinate him, artillery barrages designed solely to kill him, and air strikes to his position, the Soviets got lucky, and he was shot in the face by an explosive munition. He woke up from the resulting coma nine days later, the same day hostilities stopped. Simo then withdrew to a peaceful life of hunting moose and breeding dogs and living to be above 90 himself. Simo was so much of a {{Badass}} that it is hard to believe, when asked how he could kill so many, he replied "[[CharlesAtlasSuperpower practice]]".

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** UsefulNotes/SimoHayha, AKA [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the White Death]], greatest sniper ever. After having collected 522 confirmed kills with his Mosin-Nagant M28 rifle with no scope (he didn't trust scopes; the lens could frost up in the cold and sunlight reflecting off it could give away his position) and at least 200 confirmed with his Suomi M31 SMG in 96 days (a record 48 over Christmas, no time for celebration)[[note]]Yes, he really did average killing 7.5 men a day.[[/note]], having survived Soviet army snipers sent to assassinate him, artillery barrages designed solely to kill him, and air strikes to his position, the Soviets got lucky, and he was shot in the face by an explosive munition. He woke up from the resulting coma nine days later, the same day hostilities stopped. Simo then withdrew to a peaceful life of hunting moose and breeding dogs and living to be above 90 himself. Simo was so much of a {{Badass}} that it is hard to believe, when asked how he could kill so many, he replied "[[CharlesAtlasSuperpower practice]]".practice]]"[[note]]He also said that 'he did what he was ordered to do as well as he possibly could'[[/note]].
4th Mar '16 5:15:32 AM morane
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* KnifeNut: Playes oh so very straight, and could well be the TropeCodifier. The Finnish Army does not issue knives to the conscripts because (paraphrased from the Soldier's Handbook) "Finnish people are taught how to handle knives from childhood. It would therefore be pointless to issue knives to people who already have their own knives that they are used to handle." The traditional Finnish knife is the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puukko puukko]], with Finns often making their own or at least carving their own handle.

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* KnifeNut: Playes Played oh so very straight, and could well be the TropeCodifier. The Finnish Army does not issue knives to the conscripts because (paraphrased from the Soldier's Handbook) "Finnish people are taught how to handle knives from childhood. It would therefore be pointless to issue knives to people who already have their own knives that they are used to handle." The traditional Finnish knife is the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puukko puukko]], with Finns often making their own or at least carving their own handle.



** Subverted by ''Kaukopartio'' units (Long Rangers). They ''intentionally'' sortied behind the enemy lines (or, later in the war, were paradropped) and committed reconnaissance, sabotage, guerrilla strike or anti-partisan operations. They were ''expected'' to fight their way back to own lines. The today's Parachute Rangers of today are their direct descendants.

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** Subverted by ''Kaukopartio'' units (Long Rangers). They ''intentionally'' sortied behind the enemy lines (or, later in the war, were paradropped) and committed reconnaissance, sabotage, guerrilla strike or anti-partisan operations. They were ''expected'' to fight their way back to own lines. The today's Parachute Rangers of today are their direct descendants.
11th Dec '15 1:09:13 AM morane
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** Conscripts that go through NCO or Reserve Officer School get knives for their graduation. That's right, in some countries you get a class ring, in Finland you get a knife!

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** Conscripts that go through NCO or Reserve Officer School get knives for their graduation. That's right, in some countries you get a class ring, in Finland you get a class knife!



** Those conscripts who become combat engineer reserve officers may have ''three'' knives: their own civilian knife, the Reserve Officer Academy class knife and Combat Engineer knife. With one's name carved on the blade.



* TrainingFromHell: Special forces, such as Parachute Rangers, or elites such as Reserve Officer Academy. Finnish conscripts, like the Israelis, tend to be of unusually high standard in world scale.



** Subverted by ''Kaukopartio'' units (Long Rangers). They intentionally sortied behind the enemy lines (or, later in the war, were paradropped) and committed reconnaissance, sabotage, guerrilla strike or anti-partisan operations. They were ''expected'' to fight their way back to own lines. The today's Parachute Rangers of today are their direct descendants.

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** Subverted by ''Kaukopartio'' units (Long Rangers). They intentionally ''intentionally'' sortied behind the enemy lines (or, later in the war, were paradropped) and committed reconnaissance, sabotage, guerrilla strike or anti-partisan operations. They were ''expected'' to fight their way back to own lines. The today's Parachute Rangers of today are their direct descendants.
11th Dec '15 1:02:46 AM morane
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** During the Frisian Flag excercise 2012, the Finnish F-18 Hornet pilots "shot down" NATO opponents on kill ratio 100-6. Four of those Finns who were marked as shot down themselves, would have in real situation ejected safely. The motto ''[[BadassBoast Qualitas potentia nostra]]'' doesn't come from empty air.
** The Finnish Air Force aerobatics team, Midnight Hawks, is the only aerobatics team in the world which performs aerobatic displays ''in the night''.
21st Sep '15 3:09:13 AM morane
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* EnsignNewbie: The reserve second lieutenants (Army) and sub-lieutenants (Navy). Some 5% of the conscripts are selected to be trained to reserve officers after the basic training period. They serve as platoon leaders and assistant company level officers for the next class of conscripts.
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