A Frozen Hell: The Russo-Finnish Winter War of 1939-1940
This book talks about how the Soviet Union invaded Finland. And despite the fact that the Red Army vastly outnumbered the Finns and had far superior air power, armor, and artillery, the Finns did an im ...more
This is an excellent, if brief, history of an event that is largely unknown in the annals of the military history of ...more
Finland was ruled till 1809 by Sweden. A part close to Petersburg belonged to Russia. After that belonged to Russia. Soon after October Revolution in Russia, the Finnish Parliament assumed sovereignty.
In October 1939 Stalin issued summons to the Finns to discuss the current situation. Russians wanted some ...more
Germany’s invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939 provided convenient cover for the Soviet Union to make two aggressive moves to bolster its own security interests. One move was the relatively quiet, but equally destructive consumption of Poland’s eastern half. The other move was forcefully demanding Finland to cede territory near Leningrad. While Poland was quickly crushed between the might of a two-sided invasion, Finland used its terrain, climate and little more th ...more
This book is a good example of what happens when a numerically superior force is used in incomprehensible ways against a smaller, more determined force. The Finns fought to their strengths and environment, while the Russians took ridiculously heavy loses using absurd tactics. It's an interesting, niche part of the budding World War to read about, and says a lot for the Finnish as a whole.
Trotter spent a lot of time in Finland doing detailed research for this book and it shows. His writing style is very concise and detailed without being drab. Battle accounts are well written with detailed maps to aid the reader in getting their bearings on locations described therein.
It deals mostly fro...more
My major problems with the book were (1) my inability to keep the numerous people, companies, etc. straight, and (2) my lack of familiarity with Finnish geography. On a kindle the maps included aren't easy to view or refer back to, so my understanding suffered somewhat. (I'd definitely recommend reading a hard copy ...more
Outmanned, outgunned, and out-everything-ed except for steely grit, smarts, and determination, the Finns were the inspiration for freedom around the world in late 1939 and early 1940.
Trotter does a great job of intertwining the political and strategic situations with anecdotes of men fighting with a ...more
For those seeking to under ...more
If you like WWII true war stories than you have to read this book. There are too many WWII books that tell the same story ...more