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Jewish Finnish soldiers infront of their field synagogue at Svir river during the Winter War. Later during the Continuation War, when Finland fought side by side with Nazi Germany, over 350 Finnish Jews served in the Finnish army with 23 of them killed in action. Two or three were even awarded the Iron Cross (all declined).

Discussions on the Winter War and Continuation War, the wars between Finland and the USSR.

Toivo Ilomäki (1917–1965) Knight of the Mannerheim Cross #155. During the Continuation War he was Anti-Tank Gunner in 24th Gun Company of 5th Division (24.TykK/5.Div) and fought from Ladoga Karelia to Svir river. Citation for his Mannerheim Cross (2nd class) mentions that he destroyed his first tank on June 22, 1944, and two days later 16 tanks (14x T-34 & 2x KV-1) in Battle of Sammatus (PSS line),. Later he destroyed 4 more tanks from close range at Tihveri

Toivo Ilomäki Knight of the Mannerheim Cross During the…

German, Finnish and a Russian soldier having a peaceful conversation. Aunus…

German, Finnish and Russian soldiers having a peaceful conversation 1941

'Victory in Lapland', Finnish soldiers setting up a Finnish flag ,Lapland War 1945.

'Victory in Lapland', Finnish soldiers setting up a Finnish flag on the Norwegian border. Lapland War Proud to be Finnish!

Finnish soldiers stand in lake Paanajärvi over the dead body of an enemy Soviet soldier killed during the Finnish-Soviet Continuation War. Near Rukajärvi, karelia, Finland (now Rugozero, Republic of Karelia, Russia). 31 July 1941.

Finnish soldiers stand in lake Paanajärvi over the dead body of an enemy Soviet soldier killed during the Finnish-Soviet Continuation War. Near Rukajärvi, Karelia, Finland (now Rugozero, Republic of Karelia, Russia). 31 July The Continuation

Old warriors at rest. This is incredible to me, the juxtapose is beautiful.

After all the years go by the memories of war still litter the old battlefields

Red Army prisoners, captured by the Fins, near Lemetti, Feb 2, 1940. After the Russo-Finnish War, the Fins gravitated toward Nazi Germany hoping to see the USSR decisively defeated. In the end, it all fell through and Finland found herself in an uneasy coexistence with the USSR until the latter's collapse in 1989-90.

Red Army prisoners, captured by the Fins, near Lemetti, Feb 2, 1940. After the Russo-Finnish War, the Fins gravitated toward Nazi Germany hoping to see the USSR decisively defeated. In the end, it all fell through and Finland found herself in an uneasy coexistence with the USSR until the latter's collapse in 1989-90.

Lauri Allan Törni aka Larry Thorne was a Finnish soldier who fought under 3 flags:Finnish, Nazi Germany,US.Thorne fought against the USSR both as a Finnish soldier and Waffen SS.The Russians put a price on his head during the Finno-USSR war because of his battle feats.Postwar,Thorne entered the US illegally but in 1954 was inducted into the US Army and was among the first to join the Special Forces.Thorne was killed in Vietnam in 1965.He is buried at Arlington Ntl Cemetery.

Lauri Allan Törni aka Larry Thorne was a Finnish soldier who fought under 3 flags:Finnish, Nazi Germany,US.Thorne fought against the USSR both as a Finnish soldier and Waffen SS.The Russians put a price on his head during the Finno-USSR war because of his

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