The Winter War 1939-40 (Casemate Illustrated) (Paperback)

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"Jowett has amassed an impressive amount of detail, yet the writing never bogs down. He leads the reader through this war with precision and employs images to great effect." -- New York Journal of Books

When the Soviet Union invaded Finland in late 1939, what transpired was a true "David and Goliath" conflict. When Finland refused a number of Soviet demands, including the ceding of substantial border territories ostensibly to enable the Soviets to protect Leningrad, the Soviets responded by launching an invasion. The invasion involved a large Soviet army, with several thousand tanks, and a large air force.

But to the world's surprise the Finnish Army--many of them reservists without proper uniforms and limited ammunition--and Air Force battled overwhelming odds, and managed to resist Russian attacks for over two months, inflicting serious losses. Geography played its part as much of the Finnish-Soviet border was impassable, meaning that Soviet numerical superiority was of less import. Operating in the winter, with temperatures ranging as low as -43F, the Finns' determined resistance won them international reputation. Although hostilities finally ended in a peace treaty that saw Finland cede 9% of its territory, Soviet losses had been heavy, and Finland retained its sovereignty.

This fully illustrated text will cover the forces involved and all stages of the Winter War.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781636242385
ISBN-10: 1636242383
Publisher: Casemate
Publication Date: August 3rd, 2023
Pages: 128
Language: English
Series: Casemate Illustrated