The Last Soviet-Finnish Campaign on the Eastern Front
Author : Bair Irincheev
Not yet published - in Autumn 2020 list
General - Pages : 176 | Images : c 75 b/w photos, colour maps
Paperback - Size : 245mm x 170mm | ISBN : 9781912390274 | Helion Book Code : HEL0919
The war between the Soviet Union and Finland in 1941-44 is much less known in the West and in Russia than the Winter War 1939-40. For Finland the Continuation War is one of cornerstones of national identity. The Vyborg offensive, the battle that ended this war, is described very differently in Russian and Finnish literature. This book attempts to provide an extensive description of the build-up and course of the battle as well as the diplomatic games that lay behind it, including role of the Tehran Conference between the Allies. The book covers all the main battlefields of the Vyborg offensive – both ones where the Leningrad front was victorious and where it failed. The author tries to give credit to simple soldiers on both sides and provides not only statistics but also recollections and memories of men who were there. Extensive archival research in Russia and Finland was undertaken, as well as numerous trips to the actual battlefields that lie less than 100 miles north from Saint Petersburg. The book includes photos and maps of the operations. The final part of the book summarises the end of hostilities between the Soviet Union and Great Britain on one side and Finland on another.