A Frozen Hell: The Russo-Finnish Winter War Of 1939-1940

A Frozen Hell: The Russo-Finnish Winter War Of 1939-1940

by William Trotter


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ISBN-13: 9781565122499
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date: 01/28/2000
Pages: 285
Sales rank: 156,708
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

William R. Trotter was raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, and educated at Davidson College, where he earned a B.A. in European History. He has worked as a regional music critic, a book reviewer, and a freelance historian and feature writer. Trotter has published twelve books as well as many articles—in The Independent (North Carolina), Spectator Magazine, the American Record Magazine, Film Culture, Military History Monthly, and dozens of other magazines. Since 1987, he has been a senior writer for PC Gamer Magazine. In 1995, Trotter won the Finlandia Foundation's Arts and Letters Prize for A Frozen Hell, and the book is required reading for the 2nd Marine Division. In addition, his biography of Mitropoulos, Priest of Music: The Life and Times of Dimitri Mitropoulos, was selected as one of the "ten best 'arts' books of the year" by National Public Radio, and one of his novellas has been nominated for a Bram Stoker Award. William Trotter lives with his wife and their youngest son in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Table of Contents




Author's Note

PART I. Onslaught and Riposte

1. The Reasons Why

2. The Baron

3. Order of Battle

4. First Blows

5. "The People's Republic of Finland"

6. The Mannerheim Line

7. The Karelian Isthmus: Round One

8. "A Stupid Butting of Heads"

PART II. Uncommon Valor: Battles in the Fourth Corps Zone

9. Tolvajarvi: The First Victory

10. The Kollaa Front: They Shall Not Pass!

11. The Mottis of General Hagglund

PART III. The White Death

12. The Winter Soldiers

13. Suomussalmi: A Military Classic

14. Mr. Mydans Visits the Kemi River

PART IV. The January Lull

15. The Air War

16. The Outside World Responds

17. The Russians Get Serious

PART V. The Storm

18. Tidal Wave

19. Breakthrough!

20. Dance of the Diplomats: Round One

21. Fighting for Time

22. Dance of the Diplomats: Round Two

23. Time Runs Out

24. Aftershocks


Notes on the Sources


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A Frozen Hell: The Russo-Finnish Winter War Of 1939-1940 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book explains much about a sideshow war that took place between the invasion of Poland and the invasion of France. It is interesting to consider the what ifs. What if Britain and France had aided the Finns against the Russians how would that have affected the later cooperation of the Allies? What if Finland had attacked St. Petersburg to aid the Germans. Would Russia have surrendered to the Germans? It is an interesting book with thought provoking information.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An incredible story of Finnish 'Sisu' (guts) against overwhelming odds. I found this book particularly compelling. A must read for any student of WW2 history!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
On the cover of the book there's one mistake: "...small Baltic republic." Finland has never been a Baltic republic but a Nordic republic. The Baltic states are Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
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In-Quest More than 1 year ago
Who wouldn't want to help small Finland against the big bully Russia in 1939? Many people wanted to help but for one reason or another (politics, geography, isolationism...) not much help was received and much of it too late. This story tells of how small outnumbered Finland, although they were not able to keep all their land, they were, unlike most nations in conflict in World War II, able to maintain their freedom. This story is a good example of what odds you can overcome when your freedom is at stake. You don't always win but, the fight is often heroic and inspiring and this story certainly is. Score one for the good guys! Two Thumbs up.