Russo-Finnish War

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    A classic example of how training, tactics, and terrain can be successfully used on a large scale against a much more powerful foe.

    On paper, the Red Army should have been able to overrun Finland with little difficulties, but the reality was quite different.
     
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    Actually, Leningrad Oblast, where the city of St. Petersburg is located, was captured by Tsar Peter the Great (Peter I) and incorporated into the Russian Empire. They all belonged to Finland anyway! Finland then was a Swedish subject, so Russia actually fought against Sweden in the The Northern War with Sweden (1700-1721).

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    Historically, trains departing Moscow in the direction of Finland departed from a station called the Finlandsky Vakzal or Station (Финля́ндский вокза́л):

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    The Winter War was a political success for the Germans. Both the Red Army and the League of Nations were humiliated, and the Allied Supreme War Council had been revealed to be chaotic and powerless. However, the German policy of neutrality was not popular in the homeland, and relations with Italy had suffered badly. After the Peace of Moscow, Germany did not hesitate to move to improve ties with Finland, and within two weeks Finno-German relations were at the top of the agenda.
     
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    Thought of coming with a Topic on Finland - Soviet War and Simo Haya Sniper Kills. Glad there is already one!

    All because of Stalin. During The Great Purge, Almost half of the Red Army officers were executed. There wasnt any proper chain of command and the army was led by inexperience officers.

    Winter had also played a crucial role. Finnish had better uniforms and snow-camouflaged which made them almost invinsible, Whereas the Soviets were wearing regular military uniforms. One of the reasons why Soviet soldiers became a easy target to snipers.
    AFAIK, They did learn lessons from the Finnish campaign and perfromed well during winter, Operation Barbarossa.

    Soviets even used Artillery to neutralize him, After most of thier counter sniper tactics failed. Compare to other Counter-Sniper methods, Using of Artillery to counter Sniper threat is not a bad idea.

    The In-experienced Soviet Army used "Close With And Destroy", orders given to rush the sniper's position. Which costed more casualty.



    There is a band called Sabaton who all songs are based on Military History. Sabaton is about Simo Häyhä. A Finnish sniper that in the Winter War had 505 confirmed kills.

     
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    It was possible,because Soviets had quantity,their army was made of by mainly poorly trained conscripts.Many could not understand why they are fighting?:confused:

    Finnish soldiers were more innovative and trained.
    Soviets utterly underestimated Finnish strength.Mannerheim is one of the best General in world,in defensive warfare.

    But most important factor,that's why Soviets suffered too many causality in Finland that was Stalin himself.
    1947 Purge,hundreds of skilled officers were purged,because Stalin could not trust them any more.

    1937-1941 - Military Purges

    To keep Stalin's regime running,and to save Stalin from Military coup it was good,but for USSR and people it was a disaster.
    But why Stalin had to purge?
    By 1932-1933,Stalin forced farmers to accept Communist system,it was executed poorly,even those who said it should be revised they were also sent to Gulag.
    Resulted in famine,known as Holodomor.Mainly in Ukraine,but also in other parts of Russia.Many oposed or could not accept this,so they were to be removed.

    Stalin always wanted to take his personality in such level that no one could even touch it.So,whose personal glory was was gaining fame,Stalin also considered them as "spy".
     
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