History UsefulNotes / FinnsWithFearsomeForests

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.
21st Sep '15 3:00:35 AM morane
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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.
21st Sep '15 2:47:56 AM morane
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* KnifeNut: 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 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.
17th Sep '15 9:00:23 AM MarkLungo
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[[caption-width-right:252:Don't let the Iron Cross fool you -- they took on [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany Fritz]] ''and'' [[SovietRussia Ivan]], and survived.]]

->''Scarcely had he moved his eyelids,\\

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[[caption-width-right:252:Don't let the Iron Cross fool you -- they took on [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany Fritz]] ''and'' [[SovietRussia [[SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Ivan]], and survived.]]

->''Scarcely ->''"Scarcely had he moved his eyelids,\\



Quick becomes a mighty giant.''

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Quick becomes a mighty giant.''"''



UsefulNotes/{{Finland}}'s history as a sovereign state and people is surprisingly short for such an ancient country and people. Although the Finns were too much for the actual Vikings to swallow, it became a target for the expanding Catholic Church, and was subjected to several Christian Swedish attempts at conquest, culminating in the Second Swedish Crusade in 1249, when the Swedes conquered the populous southern areas. Over the next 550 years, the Swedish kings expanded their control eastward, taking control of nearly all the Finnish tribes. During this time, Finland became an integral part of the Kingdom of Sweden, and its most hospitable territory was heavily settled by Swedes, who remain a large minority in Finland today. As a part of Sweden, it was a critical base of operations and source of manpower for the expansionary Vasa kings of Sweden, who waged many wars in [[UsefulNotes/ThirtyYearsWar Germany]], Poland and Russia and established a considerable empire along the southern Baltic coast. Sweden lost most of these territories during the 17th and 18th centuries, mostly in the last UsefulNotes/GreatNorthernWar, but Finland was the last to fall, which it finally did, to the Russians, in 1809. Under the Tsars, it was accorded a great deal of autonomy (the Russians having little interest in Finland except as a buffer with Sweden), being only a Grand Duchy in 'personal union,' with Russia, as opposed to actually being a part of it. However, even during this relatively free period, the native Finns had little political or economic power, with the immigrant Swedish elite remaining the ruling class.

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UsefulNotes/{{Finland}}'s history as a sovereign state and people is surprisingly short for such an ancient country and people. Although the Finns were too much for the actual Vikings to swallow, it became a target for the expanding Catholic Church, and was subjected to several Christian Swedish attempts at conquest, culminating in the Second Swedish Crusade in 1249, when the Swedes conquered the populous southern areas. Over the next 550 years, the Swedish kings expanded their control eastward, taking control of nearly all the Finnish tribes. During this time, Finland became an integral part of the Kingdom of Sweden, and its most hospitable territory was heavily settled by Swedes, who remain a large minority in Finland today. As a part of Sweden, it was a critical base of operations and source of manpower for the expansionary Vasa kings of Sweden, who waged many wars in [[UsefulNotes/ThirtyYearsWar Germany]], Poland and Russia and established a considerable empire along the southern Baltic coast. Sweden lost most of these territories during the 17th and 18th centuries, mostly in the last UsefulNotes/GreatNorthernWar, [[UsefulNotes/TheGreatNorthernWar Great Northern War]], but Finland was the last to fall, which it finally did, to the Russians, in 1809. Under the Tsars, it was accorded a great deal of autonomy (the Russians having little interest in Finland except as a buffer with Sweden), being only a Grand Duchy in 'personal union,' with Russia, as opposed to actually being a part of it. However, even during this relatively free period, the native Finns had little political or economic power, with the immigrant Swedish elite remaining the ruling class.



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* ''Theatre/ThereShallBeNoNight'' is a play about a single Finnish family and the suffering they undergo as they defend their country from the Soviets.

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* ''Theatre/ThereShallBeNoNight'' is a play about a single Finnish family and the suffering they undergo as they defend their country from the Soviets.Soviets.
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9th Sep '15 2:05:57 PM AgentSniff
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In Sweden, this trope is commonly known as ''Finn with a knife''.
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