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Nikolai Stepanovich Ugrumov – The First Hero of the Soviet-Finnish War

As Soviet and Finnish troops clashed along the border on the first day of the war, many heroes were made....
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Nikolai Stepanovich Ugrumov – The First Hero of the Soviet-Finnish War

What were the Red Army losses during the Winter War?

"So many Russians - where will we bury them all ?” - Attributed to an anonymous Finnish Soldier Red Army...
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What were the Red Army losses during the Winter War?

Heroes of Finland – Diego Manzocchi – A strange and tragic tale

During the Winter War, thousands of people from nations across the globe volunteered to serve Finland. Most of these volunteers...
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Heroes of Finland – Diego Manzocchi – A strange and tragic tale

Decorations of Finland – Winter War Campaign Crosses

In the aftermath of the Winter War, several campaign crosses were commissioned for the various areas of operation of the...
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Decorations of Finland – Winter War Campaign Crosses

Decorations of Finland – Winter War Medal

Service medals are awarded to soldiers and civilians for fulfilling certain criteria. It is one of the ways a nation...
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Decorations of Finland – Winter War Medal

Finnish ANZACs

The 25th April is known in Australia and New Zealand as ANZAC Day. This National day of remembrance commemorates Australians...
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Finnish ANZACs

Pro Patria – Mikko Kuitunen

An unmarried farmer from Hirvensalmi, Mikko Kuitunen was ready to do his duty. Assigned to the 26th Engineer Company, he...
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Pro Patria – Mikko Kuitunen

Pro Patria – Lasse Veikko Harjumäki

A brickmaker from Hausjärvi, Lasse Veikko Harjumäki was newly married when he was called up for refresher training. Assigned to...
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Pro Patria – Lasse Veikko Harjumäki

Pro Patria – Aimo August Linkosalmi

Born in the capital region, Aimo Linkosalmi was a Theology student when he was called up during the Additional Refresher...
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Pro Patria – Aimo August Linkosalmi

Pro Patria – Erkki Valtonen

Erkki Valtonen grew up in the municipality of Puumala in the Southern Savonia region. During late December 1939, elements of...
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Pro Patria – Erkki Valtonen



The Republic of Finland may have celebrated its 100th birthday in 2017 but its military history stretches back centuries. Unfortunately though the vast majority of its history, along with the lessons and stories, isn’t translated into the English speaking world.

This site is my attempt to try and rectify this.

The military history of Finland can be divided into four distinct periods, with numerous sub-periods within it, but we are mainly going to look at the main divisions. The first period being the ‘Pre-Swedish Era’, the second is the ‘The Swedish Empire Era’, Third the ‘Grand Duchy of Finland/Russian Empire Era’ and the fourth being the ‘Independent Republic of Finland/Modern Era’.

I look forward to continually adding articles looking at this interesting but often overlooked area of Military History.

Finnish signal corps