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Memorial Hunter – The Battle of Gorni Dubnik Memorial – A Hidden Memorial to a Forgotten War

Tucked away in the car park of Finland’s Ministry of Defence is a little known memorial to a little known...
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Memorial Hunter – The Battle of Gorni Dubnik Memorial – A Hidden Memorial to a Forgotten War

Memorial Hunter – Raatisaari Prison Camp 1918

The 1st of May, also called May Day or Vappu in Finnish, is one of the biggest holidays in the...
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Memorial Hunter – Raatisaari Prison Camp 1918

Memorial Hunter – Pispala Red Guard Monument – Last Stand at Pispala

A few years ago I was in Tampere for work. After attending the work-related event, I found myself with a...
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Memorial Hunter – Pispala Red Guard Monument – Last Stand at Pispala

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



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’.

Alongside these main sections, there are several side sections such as Finland at War Map where you can see where various places of significance are; Book Reviews for my own opinions upon related books; and the Podcast.

 

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

Finnish signal corps