Born in the capital region, Aimo Linkosalmi was a Theology student when he was called up during the Additional Refresher Training and placed in Infantry Regiment 37.
On New Year’s Eve, 2nd Battalion of Infantry Regiment 37 were given orders to attack Soviet forces at Ruhtinaanmäki. The assault was met with stubborn resistance from the 208th Rifle Regiment and the men of 2nd Battalion didn’t manage more than a couple of hundred metres before the offensive stalled. 2nd Lieutenant Linkosalmi led his platoon bravely from the front but was cut down at the pinnacle of the advance.
His body was recovered and he was laid to rest at Hietaniemi Cemetary.