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Finnish soldiers use a slingshot to launch gre…

Finnish soldiers use a slingshot to launch grenades at Soviet troops during the Winter War, ca. 1940.

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Finnish sniper Simo Häyhä in Loimola, Finland,…

Finnish sniper Simo Häyhä in Loimola, Finland, February 1, 1940

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Finnish minister who was sentenced to prison f…

Finnish minister who was sentenced to prison for “crimes against peace”, 1948, Finland

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In 1939 the Soviet Union launched an unprovoke invasion of Finland, starting the Winter War. They annexed 10% of Finland land area. In 1941 Finland allied with Nazi-Germany, and invaded the Soviet Union, starting the Continuation War. The Continuation War ended in 1944, in Soviet victory.

The victorius Soviet Union demanded that Finnish war-time leaders be punished. Unlike other nations that were declared guilty, Finland was allowed to conduct the trials in Finland with Finnish judges. However, the Soviet Union set up a committee to observe the trials, and interfered on numerous occasions. Most Finns considered the War Responsibility Trial a hypocritical form of victor’s justice. Finland was punished for invading the Soviet Union in 1941, but the Soviet Union received no punishment for invading Finland two years earlier.

The man in the photo is minister Väinö Tanner, a leading figure in the Social Democratic party of Finland. During the war he had worked hard to achieve peace between Finland and the Soviet Union. Despite this, the Soviet Union insisted that he be senteced to prison. They hoped that this would cause the Social Democratic party to shatter, thus opening the road to a Soviet controlled Communist party.

Finnish troops engage Soviets during street fi…

Finnish troops engage Soviets during street fighting in Medvezhyegorsk, Russia.

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Finnish trade unions pay tribute to martyrs of…

Finnish trade unions pay tribute to martyrs of the labour movement in front of the Helsinki Cathedral on May Day, 1971

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Ceasefire in 1944, Finnish and Soviet officers…

Ceasefire in 1944, Finnish and Soviet officers comparing clock times

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Continuation War 1940-1944. A ceasefire ended hostilities on 5 September 1944 and was followed by the Moscow Armistice on 19 September. Despite agreeing to the ceasefire, Soviet Troops continued fighting in many places for a whole extra day. Meanwhile Finnish High Command even confiscated munitions from the troops to make sure ceasefire was honored.

Finnish soldiers and reindeer pulling ahkios i…

Finnish soldiers and reindeer pulling ahkios in Petsamo, Finland during the Winter war against the Soviet Union, April 4th 1942

Finnish soldier carrying two baby foxes in 194…

Finnish soldier carrying two baby foxes in 1942

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An orchestra composed of Finnish guards and Soviet prisoners of…

An orchestra composed of Finnish guards and Soviet prisoners of war, Continuation War, 1942,

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Description attached to the photo: “Passing the time in a prisoner of war camp in Konevagora village. An orchestra composed of Finns and Ruskies is playing on top of a delousing cabinet”.

Source: https://www.finna.fi/Record/sa-kuva.sa-kuva-27126

Finnish soldiers belonging to the Company of Death. Summa, Dec…

Finnish soldiers belonging to the Company of Death. Summa, Dec 20th 1939

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