The story of the 'Winter War' between Finland and Soviet Russia is a dramatic David versus Goliath encounter. When close to half a million Soviet troops poured into Finland in 1939 it was expected that Finnish defences would collapse in a matter of weeks. But they held firm. The Finns t only survived the initial attacks but succeeded in inflicting devastating casualties before superior Russian numbers eventually forced a peace settlement. This is a rigorously detailed and utterly compelling guide to Finland's vital, but almost forgotten role in the cataclysmic World War II. It reveals the untold story of iron determination, unparalleled skill and utter mastery of winter warfare that characterized Finland's fight for survival on the hellish Eastern Front. Finland at War: the Winter War 1939-40 is the premiere English-language history of the fighting performance of the Finns, drawing on first-hand accounts and previously unpublished photographs to explain just how they were able to perform military feats that nearly defy belief.
After graduating college, Vesa Nenye followed his family's illustrious military tradition and served his country, Finland, as a Tank Commander and an Arms & Munitions NCO. Upon leaving the armed forces, he became a member of the Panssarikilta - the armoured core heritage society in Finland. A veteran of historical and strategy gaming in Finland, Peter Munter founded a play-by-mail business in the times before internet and worked extensively as writer and translator of roleplaying supplements in the late 80s. Peter is an ex-Marine from the Finnish Navy and currently works as a Managing Director in a games retail chain that he established with Vesa Nenye in 1997. After graduating from high school with the highest grades, Toni Wirtanen served in the Kymi Jager Battalion of the Karelian Brigade, as an infantry anti-tank specialist. He was discharged with honours as a lance corporal, and has ever since been active with the reservist corps. Toni is best known for his work as the singer and songwriter in the rock band Apulanta, founded in 1991. Peter is a true veteran of historical- and strategy-games in Finland. He founded a play by mail business in the times before internet and worked extensively as writer and translator of roleplaying supplements in the late 80s. Peter has also won a Finnish Sci-Fi writing award. During the 90's Peter scripted and organised some of the biggest historical re-enactment events in Finland, several of them at the request of the local council. The premise of these events was to make Finland's history more approachable to school children in form of re-enactment and role-play , some of the productions were done together with the National Theatre to create a more authentic historical setting and atmosphere. Peter is an ex-Marine from the Finnish Navy and currently works as a Managing Director in a games retail chain that he established with Vesa in 1997. The chain is still going strong today. Peter lives in Lahti, Finland with his three children: Folke (16), Noora (14) and Niklas (12). Toni Wirtanen's father was an active member of the Finnish army reservist officer guild, and at a young age Toni got involved with the many activities the army has to offer to volunteer civilians and reservists in Finland. After graduating from high school with highest grades, Wirtanen served in the Kymi Jager Battalion/Karelian Brigade as an infantry anti-tank specialist. He was discharged with honors as a lance corporal, but has later attained the rank of a corporal due to his activity in the reservist core. The Finnish Defence Forces has subsequently awarded Toni Wirtanen the following decorations: * Panssariristi (Armour Cross) * Maanpuolustusmitali, pronssinen (National Defense medal in bronze) * Sininen Risti (Blue Cross) Toni Wirtanen is best known for his work as the singer/guitarist/songwriter in the rock band Apulanta, founded in 1991. The band has had 21 number 1 hit singles in Finland - a semi-official world record. Apulanta has 29 gold, platinum and/or multi-platinum selling recordings. The band has been awarded an Emma-prize (the Finnish equivalent of a Grammy) several times during it's career. All the Apulanta material has been written by Toni Wirtanen. The band's work continues to receive praise, especially for it's lyrics. Toni Wirtanen also has his own TV-series called Toni Wirtanen undercover .