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The Nordic War 1939-45 - Documentary (2007) *
« on: January 10, 2012, 06:10:30 PM »

In August-September of 1939 Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin divided up the European countries between themselves via a secret annex protocol in the
Soviet-German Non-Aggression Pact. Empowered by this document, German invaded Poland on 1 September 1939.

Two days later Britain and France declared war on Germany. The Second World War was on.

Due to the territorial divisions of the secret annex protocol, Finland ended up the target of attacks launched by the Soviet Union,
first on 30 November 1939 (The Winter War) and then again on 25 June 1941 (The Continuation War).

In Spite of the harsh conditions and having to fight an overwhelming enemy, Finland managed to keep her independence.

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Re: The Nordic War 1939-45 - Documentary
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2012, 06:16:10 PM »

Friends of Finland Presents: Finland Fights!

News reel from 1939

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In 1939 American sympathy for Finland.

In spite of the great publicity, Finland received little effective military help. The Swedish unit with Norwegians thrown in was the only significant foreign unit to see action. The volunteer movement made greater impact on psychological front: the Finnish people felt that they had not been totally abandoned although the sympathy without action generated some sombre comments among Finns. The fact that little effective military help managed to reach Finland was in turn proof that the Western democracies could not give any guarantees for Finland's freedom. This was even more evident when soon after the Winter War Germany occupied Denmark and Norway thus effectively cutting any routes from Finland to the West. This in turn was one factor in forcing Finland to accept German help against the Soviet threat.