History UsefulNotes / FinnsWithFearsomeForests

5th Oct '17 1:15:00 AM morane
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* ImprobableUseOfAWeapon: The RK-62 magazines make excellent bottle openers.
22nd Aug '17 10:47:16 AM GrammarNavi
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However, peace proved to be fleeting, and Finland was drawn back into war, on the Axis side, when the Nazis invaded Russia in 1941, and attempted to reclaim, with German assistance, those territories lost to the Soviets, and may have also feared a resumed Soviet invasion. This war was called the Continuation War, in which Finland was not formally part of the Axis, but was a so-called 'co-belligerent.' Finland was defeated, and was forced to expel the German troops that were basing on its soil, which resulted in yet another war, this time against the Germans, called the Lapland War. It was relatively bloodless, since the Finns still sympathized with the Germans, and gave them notice and time to retreat to Occupied Norway in good order. The friendly-ish situation ended due to Soviet pressure, leading to a few small battles that hastened the German retreat. Thus Finland acquired the distinction of fighting both UsefulNotes/NaziGermany and SovietRussia.

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However, peace proved to be fleeting, and Finland was drawn back into war, on the Axis side, when the Nazis invaded Russia in 1941, and attempted to reclaim, with German assistance, those territories lost to the Soviets, and may have also feared a resumed Soviet invasion. This war was called the Continuation War, in which Finland was not formally part of the Axis, but was a so-called 'co-belligerent.' Finland was defeated, and was forced to expel the German troops that were basing on its soil, which resulted in yet another war, this time against the Germans, called the Lapland War. It was relatively bloodless, since the Finns still sympathized with the Germans, and gave them notice and time to retreat to Occupied Norway in good order. The friendly-ish situation ended due to Soviet pressure, leading to a few small battles that hastened the German retreat. Thus Finland acquired the distinction of fighting both UsefulNotes/NaziGermany and SovietRussia.
UsefulNotes/{{Soviet Russia|UkraineAndSoOn}}.
29th Jun '17 8:19:15 AM Darkmage7280
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*** 522 confirmed kills for Hayha is a misnomer. Regimental diaries only list 219 confirmed kills a week before his facial wound and subsequent removal from the Winter War. At best you could say he had 240 confirmed kills with his rifle, which is still an impressive total.

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*** 522 confirmed kills for Hayha is ''possibly'' a misnomer. Regimental diaries only list 219 confirmed kills a week before his facial wound and subsequent removal from the Winter War. At best you could say he had 240 confirmed kills with his rifle, which is still an impressive total.
*** He had dozens of unconfirmed kills, and roughly 150 additional kills with a submachinegun. His total number of kills could in fact be as high as ''742''.
29th May '17 6:32:04 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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[[caption-width-right:252:Don't let the Iron Cross fool you -- they took on [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany Fritz]] ''and'' [[SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Ivan]], and survived.]]

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[[caption-width-right:252:Don't let the Iron Cross fool you -- they took on [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany Fritz]] ''and'' [[SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn [[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Ivan]], and survived.]]
23rd Apr '17 7:27:36 PM StarSword
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* Music/{{Sabaton}} has written two songs about the Finns in World War II. "Talvisota" (''The Art of War'') is titled after the Winter War's name in Finnish, while "White Death" (''Coat of Arms'') is about UsefulNotes/SimoHayha specifically.
* ''VideoGame/IL2Sturmovik: Forgotten Battles'' allows you to fly for the Finnish Air Force during the Winter War.
6th Apr '17 1:26:30 AM esa-saari
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** "It doesn’t take sisu to go to the North Pole; it takes sisu to stand at the door when the bear is on the other side."
1st Mar '17 2:14:29 PM WulfHound
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***522 confirmed kills for Hayha is a misnomer. Regimental diaries only list 219 confirmed kills a week before his facial wound and subsequent removal from the Winter War. At best you could say he had 240 confirmed kills with his rifle, which is still an impressive total.
12th Dec '16 2:17:27 AM morane
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* SeaMine: Naval mine warfare is the ''modus operandi'' of the Finnish Navy. The Finnish coast is long and shallow, making mine warfare the mode of choice. Combined with the fact the Finnish archipelago is one of the most diabolical in the whole world, the Finnish coastline is a natural sea fortress.
11th Oct '16 5:31:56 AM morane
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* CoolVersusAwesome: The Lapland War 1944-1945 against [[NazisWithGnarlyWeapons Germany]].
8th Oct '16 10:30:20 PM DustSnitch
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* FriendlySniper: 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.

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* FriendlySniper: 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}} 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.
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