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In 1939, tiny Finland waged war - the kind of war that spawns legends - against the mighty Soviet Union, and yet, their epic struggle has been largely ignored. Guerrillas on skis, heroic single-handed attacks on tanks, unfathomable endurance, and the charismatic leadership of one of this century's true military geniuses - these are the elements of both the Finnish victory and a gripping tale of war.

©1991 William R. Trotter (P)2018 Tantor
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  • Categories: History

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Causes and consequences of ruso-finish 1939 war

Narration: clearly narrated. Vocal quality acceptable. Comfortably paced.

Content: facts and statistics vividly document Finland's stupendous and mostly fantastically successful resistance to Russia's invasion.

Disturbing analysis of misreading of Finland's and Russia's understanding of one another's needs and intentions, which directly led to Finland's alliance with ww2 Germany.

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it was annoying as i am Finnish English performed

I am Finnish and it was annoying to hear how badly this English person pernounce all the Finnish word to terribly wrong. Like Turku he pernounced it like turkey.

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Great Naration

The The speaker really brought such an unfortunate event to life

It kept the listener spellbound throughout the entire narration!

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Slightly superfluous, yet coherent account of the war.

A little too emotional for my taste, the book accurately covers the war as well as all its context. Even though Trotter states at the end that the Finns were the only Baltic nation that kept independence after wwii due to fighting, his attitude towards going into war with Russians and towards Stalin is sometimes strangely ambiguous.

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An astounding tale of freedom

An amazing david vs goliath tale of Finland and its neighbor Soviet Russia. while Finland shines with patriotic calls to freedom. Russia drowns amid the human waves of men sent to the slaughter.

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An amazing history!

So much more than I had ever learned. should be required reading in high school.

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excellent listen/book

When I was in college in the late 1970s, I had a friend who was a foreign student from Finland. His father had been a Finish soldier in the Winter War. My friend grew up hearing first hand accounts of that war. His father told him he would go out on patrol and find Soviet soldiers frozen to death in their fox holes. He said the Finish soldiers would return from patrol to heated below ground dugouts, prepared meals and most importantly, sleep. Years later I stopped into Finland on a Norwegian cruise. I asked our female guide about the Winter War. She got EXREMELY emotional in her response, so I let it drop. Another point: The Finish gorilla ski troops were unreal. I have never met a Fin EVER who was of this type! I suppose they were volunteers troops akin to commandos or Navy Seals. SAS type men? Marines? Absolutely amazing soldiers. I wish I could have met these blokes over a pint!

This book was really quite good. A good mix of the history of the conflict as well as a good mix of anecdotes written by soldiers and pilots who were there. Well done to all involved.

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Fascinating bit of history

Firstly, the narrator did very well all throughout the novel. As for the book it was a pleasure to learn about the conflict in a depth I had previously not known.

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Exceptional Detailed History

Loved it! What an epic! Those poor Soviets. Those Daring Finns! Would have liked to learn more about the sniper tactics employed but the mottis and ski info was amazing to hear about. might have to give this one a second listen.

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A little known, short lived epic!

This was the most informative, accurate retelling of the events preceding the major outbreak of the Second World War in which the tiny Finland defended herself against the enormity of the Red Army for 100 plus days. The professionalism of the Finnish leadership and the individual bravery of the Finnish troops is explained in heartbreaking detail and the failings that would lead to the early collapse of the western half of the Soviet Union under Nazi invasion are also visited. The performance is excellent. Matthew Lloyd Davis does a masterful job! An all around great story and valuable historical account.