How Finland Survived a 1,000,000+ Soviet Invasion (1939-1940) FULL DOCUMENTARY

How Finland Survived

Documentary on Finnish tactics of the Winter War. Check out Last Train Home: Thanks to THQ Nordic for sponsoring this video!

In this history documentary we turn our attention to Winter War of 1939 which saw the Red Army invade Finland. While the conflict appeared one sided at the outset, the Finnish defenders stunned their world by holding the Soviet juggernaut at bay. In this Units of History series we will explore the soldiers who made this feat of arms possible in the face of the Russian Invasion of Finland.

We first explore the roots of the conflict between Finland and Russia and how this would inform the evolution of the Finnish Army in the lead up to the Winter War. We then cover the defensive doctrine which was to characterize the war and the nature of the soldiers who would conduct it. This includes a focus on the equipment of the Finnish Ski Troops responsible for manning the front lines and carrying out the defense in depth. In comparison Red Army troops had more numbers and equipment but lacked the specialized gear necessary to operate in winter conditions.

And finally we review the organization, tactics, and service history of these Finnish troops who were to hold the Red Army juggernaut at bay.

Vesa Nenye, with Peter Munter and Toni Wirtanen: Finland at War: The Winter War 1939-40 (Oxford: Osprey Publishing, 2015)
Pasi Tuunainen: Finnish MIlitary Effectiveness in the Winter War 1939-1940 (Helsinki: Palgrave MacMillan, 2016)
Philip Jowett, Brent Snodgrass, Raffaele Ruggeri: Finland at War 1939-45 (Oxford: Osprey Publishing, 2006)

Research = Mark Evans
Script = Mark Evans
Narration = Guy Michaels
Production = Penta Limited

00:00 Intro
02:44 Finnish-Soviet Geopolitics
06:40 Finnish Civil War
08:36 Interwar Period
12:17 Start of the Winter War
15:04 Equipment of Finnish Soldiers
20:54 Recap
22:54 Army Organization
30:07 Tactics & Training
31:28 Mobilization
34:05 Soviet Invasion
35:20 Karelian Front
36:31 Ladogo Front
37:28 Raate Front
41:36 Arctic Front
42:24 Last Stand of the Finns
43:55 End of the War

Credit to : Invicta

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