Kuivasaari Coastal Artillery Fortress – standing guard over Helsinki

Kuivasaari

Of the coast of Helsinki, on the island of Kuivasaari (“Dry Island”), the Kuivasaari Coastal Artillery Fortress stands. Until not to long ago, Kuivasaari was a working coastal artillery fortress guarding the approaches to the capital city of Finland but the guns have now been removed from active service and … Continue reading

Maximilian Maksolly – Estonian War Artist

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Maximilian Maksolly (actually Feichter, the original spelling of his first name was Maksimilian) was an Estonian painter who is now possibly best remembered for his war art from the time of the Estonian War of Independence. I touch on him in this blog largely because of his series of war … Continue reading

The Finnish Trilogy from Miku Games “Making boardgames with Sisu”

The Finnish Trilogy by Miku Games

The Finnish Trilogy from Miku Games is an epic wargame trilogy about the Finnish struggle to remain a free and independent country during World War II. The game is being produced in three volumes: Volume I – Winter War 1939-1940 campaign; Volume II – Continuation War 1941-1944 campaign and Volume III … Continue reading

Finland’s War of Choice – The Troubled German Finnish Alliance in World War II by Henrik Lunde – Book Review

Finland's War of Choice by Henrik O. Lunde

While there are many books on the Russo-Finnish Winter War of 1939-1940, there are very few available in English that cover the 2nd war that Finland fought against the USSR, the “Continuation War” of 1941-1944. While not neglected in Finnish-language studies, there is a dearth of historical works in English … Continue reading

The Winter War: The Soviet Attack on Finland, 1939-1940 by Engle and Paananen

The Winter War by Engle & Paananen

The Winter War: The Soviet Attack on Finland, 1939-1940 by Eloise Engle and Lauri Paananen There are a number of books available on the now little-known Winter War between Finland and the Soviet Union, which was fought from December 1939 to March during the Sitzkrieg, and just before the Nazi … Continue reading

Finnish Air Force 1939-45 by Kalevi Keskinen & Kari Stenman

Finnish Air Force 1939 1945 by Kalevi Keskinen &Kari Stenman

Finnish Air Force 1939-45 by Kalevi Keskinen & Kari Stenman This is a short (64 page) book but with the large format, there is a lot of content. It’s short on verbage (a 1 page written introduction that’s a history of aircraft acquisitions – this book assumes that if you’re … Continue reading

Winter War Forgotten Images by Bair Irincheev

Winter War: Forgotten Images by Bair Irincheev

Winter War Forgotten Images by Bair Irincheev “Winter War Forgotten Images” is a collection of unpublished images from the Soviet-Finnish Winter War of 1939-40. The book is 190 pages, hardcover and contains a unique collection of mostly unpublished photos many of them from the old Soviet archives, bunker blueprints and … Continue reading

Frozen Hell by Mika Kulju – (the Battle of Raate Road)

Frozen Hell by Mika Kulju

Frozen Hell – The Legend and the Tragedy of Raate Road by Mika Kulju – the first book in English that covers the Battle of Raate Road in real detail If you’re interested in the Winter War that was fought between the Soviet Union and Finland starting in late November 1939, then … Continue reading

The Unknown Soldier (Tuntematon Sotilas) by Väinö Linna

The Unknown Soldier - Väinö Linna

The Unknown Soldier (Tuntematon Sotilas) by Väinö Linna The Unknown Soldier (Tuntematon Sotilas), first published in 1954, was author Väinö Linna’s (1920-1992) first major novel and, whilst almost unknown in the English-speaking world, is, in Scandinavia, widely recognized as among the greatest novels of the twentieth century. In Finland, a … Continue reading

Born a Soldier: The Times and Life of Larry Thorne

Born A Soldier - The Times and Life of Larry Thorne

“Born a Soldier: The Times and Life of Larry Thorne” by J. Michael Cleverley Again, this is a book I read and reviewed on Amazon some years ago when it saw its first US publication. “Born A Soldier” is a truly enthralling biography of an outstanding Finnish-born special forces soldier who … Continue reading