Finland's War of Choice

Finland's War of Choice

The Troubled German-Finnish Coalition in WWII

eBook - 2011
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Publisher: Havertown, Pa. ; Newbury [U.K.] : Casemate, c2011.
ISBN: 9781612000374
1612000371
Characteristics: 1 online resource (409 p., [16] p. of plates) : ill., maps.
Contents: From flirtation to coalition
Plans, preparations, and deployments
Operation Platinfuchs
Operations in Central Finland
The Finnish offensives
Coalition problems and Soviet counteroffensives
Aborted plans and dashed hopes, 1941-42
Front without combat activity
January 1943-June 1944
Soviet summer offensive
June 9-21, 1944
Soviet offensive ends
Finland leaves the war
From friction to fighting
The 20th Mountain Army's katabasis.

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KEVIN DOWD Sep 19, 2011

excellent detailed description of Finnsh actions during WW2. On the surface, Finland should have acted much more forcefully to cut the Murmansk railway and to capture Lenningrad from the North. But siding wiith the Nazis was distastefull even in the best of times, and the Finns never agreed internally on why they were fighting. The idea they could recover what they lost in 1940 without an actual victory over the Russians was a pipe dream. Yet they hesitated to engage in a war of agression, and waited for the Nazis to win, which of course did not happen. In this regard, not attacking Lenningrad was the best thing they did because Stalin forgave them for aiding the Germans and let them exist as a country, after taking a suitable geographic penalty. Excellent book! a bit detailed to the company level on the fighting, but that is necessary for a definitive account.
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