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.
|Publisher:||Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill|
|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 articlesin 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
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
20. Dance of the Diplomats: Round One
21. Fighting for Time
22. Dance of the Diplomats: Round Two
23. Time Runs Out
Notes on the Sources
What People are Saying About This
General James R. Galvin, former Supreme Allied Commander, Europe
Masterfully recreates all the heroism, tragedy and drama of a campaign whose lessons deserve far more attention.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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!
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.
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.