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The Soviet Invasion of Finland <br />(Pathfinder Magazine, 1940)The Soviet Invasion of Finland
(Pathfinder Magazine, 1940)
Just as Lenin had a triumphal military adventure, Stalin, too, believed that he could deploy Soviet forces victoriously. However, when Lenin launched his enterprise against neighboring Georgia in 1921, he had the benefit of skilled military leaders under his command - this was not the case with Stalin, who had seen fit to purge his military of thousands of officers (1934 - 1939). When Stalin's legions attacked Finland in November of 1939, the Soviet losses that were inflicted by the numerically inferior Finns were far greater than he ever thought possible.

The article appeared during the closing weeks of the war and it reported on the outside aid the Finns were receiving. The attached file also includes an article from 1931 concerning some of the bad blood that existed between the two nations.

Read an article explaining how the Soviets used early radio...

Stalin Invades <br />(Newsweek Magazine, 1939)Stalin Invades
(Newsweek Magazine, 1939)
In this article, retired U.S. Major General Stephen O. Fuqua (1874 - 1943) examined the Soviet invasion of Finland during its opening week.
Negotiations <br />(Pathfinder Magazine, 1939)Negotiations
(Pathfinder Magazine, 1939)
FDR Prepares to Break With Finland <br />(L.A. Times, 1943)FDR Prepares to Break With Finland
(L.A. Times, 1943)
Although the diplomatic break with Finland would not come until the Fall of the following year, the pressure was being applied by Joseph Stalin to recognize a German-Finn alliance. FDR, however, knew that Finland was only interested in regaining ground that the Soviets had stolen during the Winter War.
''What the Finns Won''<BR> <br />(Collier's Magazine, 1940)''What the Finns Won''

(Collier's Magazine, 1940)
"We suppose debate will go on for years about whether the Finns or the Russians won their 105-day war of late 1939 and early 1940. We think the Finns won all the phases of the war except those included in the peace treaty - and that the treaty was a minor matter in the long view of it all...As for the predictions that the Russians will be coming back in six months or so to gobble up the rest of Finland - we may easily be wrong, but we can't picture the Russians tackling the Finns again for another thirty years."
The War in Northern Finland<BR> <br />(Liberty Magazine, 1940)The War in Northern Finland

(Liberty Magazine, 1940)
When Stalin decided to mess with the Finns in 1939 he failed to take into consideration one demographic that was accustomed to blood, and that was the seal hunters of Finland. Upon hearing of the invasion, these men immediately burned their houses and turned their rifles away from the seals, toward the Soviets. Liberty war correspondent Edward Doherty (1890 1975) witnessed much of the fighting.