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Peter Magnus Aquilander

Major General 17.2.1824 Uusikirkko, Grand Duchy of Finland 1894 St.Petersburg, Russian Empire Born into a wealthy family in Uusikirkko, Peter...
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Memorial Hunter – Oulu’s Finnish War Grave

During the 1950’s Oulu was expanding, new construction was taking place on the outskirts of the city, many new buildings...
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Memorial Hunter – Oulu’s Finnish War Grave

Arvid Conrad Appelgren

Major General S 30.6.1876 Hanko, K 22.1.1961 Turku 30.6.1876 Hanko, Grand Duchy of Finland 22.1.1961 Turku, Republic of Finland Born...
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Arvid Conrad Appelgren

Russian Hypocrisy? Descecretion of Koivisto’s Heroes Cemetery

War graves have always played an important role in modern society. They are places of remembrance and sacrifice. Where families...
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Russian Hypocrisy? Descecretion of Koivisto’s Heroes Cemetery

Otto Wilhelm von Ammondt

Lieutenant General 20.12.1795 Hauho, Kingdom of Sweden 29.5.1861 Porvoo, Grand Duchy of Finland Son of former Swedish officer, Otto Detlof...
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Otto Wilhelm von Ammondt

Adolf Aminoff

General of the Infantry 25.2.1806 Mietoinen, Grand Duchy of Finland 2.11.1884 Riilahti Manor, Bromarv, Grand Duchy of Finland Son of...
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Adolf Aminoff

Edvard Reinhold von Ammondt

Major General 12.12.1832 St.Petersburg, Russian Empire 28.10.1887 Hämeenlinna, Grand Duchy of Finland Son of Lieutenant-General Otto Wilhelm von Ammondt and...
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Edvard Reinhold von Ammondt

Johan Fredrik Gustav Aminoff

Lieutenant General 21.8.1844 Mietoinen, Grand Duchy of Finland 7.1.1899 Helsinki, Grand Duchy of Finland Johan was born to Colonel Baron...
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Johan Fredrik Gustav Aminoff

Jakob Alopaeus

General of Artillery 3.5.1812 Viipuri, Grand Duchy of Finland 12.4.1882 St. Petersburg, Russian Empire Born in 1812 in the city...
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Jakob Alopaeus

Fredrik Alopaeus

Major General 1810 Unknown 20.4.1862 Odessa, Kherson Governorate, Russian Empire Born to Finnish-Russian senior diplomat Frans David Alopaeus and Jeanette...
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Fredrik Alopaeus



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