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"Edwards recounts occasions, either shameful and heroic, with perception, conviction and huge wit."—Publishers Weekly

On November 30, 1939, the Soviet Union's pink military invaded the younger geographical region of Finland, within the complete expectation of routing the small, ill-equipped Finnish military and annexing the previous Russian territory by way of the top of the 12 months. yet Finland held out for a hundred and five bitterly chilly, fiercely combative days, until eventually March 15, 1940, while a peace contract ended the quick, savage wintry weather War.

on the stirring middle of the tale lie the resourcefulness and get to the bottom of of the Finnish humans, who opposed to all army odds—in wish of ammunition, meals, sleep, and troops—fought a blundering, ineptly commanded purple military to a standstill. On March 15, they ceded to the Soviet eleven percentage in their territory and 30 percentage in their monetary resources, yet none in their nationwide pride.

The Russians in the meantime had markedly broken their foreign status and successfully ruined their army reputation-to such an volume, as this probing bankruptcy in global struggle II heritage demonstrates, that Germany, with proud-blooded Finland as an best friend, dared to release its 1940 invasion of Russia. even as, although, the fiasco of the iciness conflict pressured Stalin to recognize the shortcomings of the crimson military and to reform it: Germany may fall at Stalingrad in 1941.

With authority, this skillfully narrated army historical past unfolds its tale of the four-month Soviet-Finnish conflict and explores its outcomes from London to Moscow, from Helsinki to Paris, to Washington, DC. 20 black-and-white illustrations

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