Monday, September 20, 2010

Finland in World War II

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The men in the pic above are from Kevyt Osasto 14 (Light Detachment) of Infantry Division 4. Pic is probably taken in 1944 (during the Continuation war) just before or during the big Soviet push to break the Finnish lines in the Karelian Isthmus. Already during the Winter War there was a Finnish unit that used skull (and/or bones) emblem in their helmets, the so called Kuolemankomppania (Death Company) that took part in very hard fighting in the area of Summa near Kuolemanjärvi (Lake of Death)

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German and Finnish soldiers in the woods close to the waterfalls...

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...And here is the waterfalls!

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Finnish and Luftwaffe artillery officers on the boat with flak team wearing kapok schwimmweste behind

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Finnish guerrilla heroes in the Continuation War, FLTR: kapteeni Pentti Railio, luutnantti Lauri Törni and luutnantti Holger Pitkänen

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Finnish soldiers walked along the railroad tracks that looks like Salla direction railroad, the only one railroad track in Lapland at the time. The railroad that goes from Kemi->Rovaniemi->Kemijärvi->Salla


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  2. There is no evidence that I know of to support that the top picture is of KevOs 4 or 14 (both are mentioned whenever I see this picture). However, from you can find pictures of soldiers with these helmets. They belong to 18th division. (picture number 90486, 91740, 91741). They all have the exact same stylized skull on their helmets (as in the famous picture above). The pictures are taken from a parade to commemorate Mannerheim's birthday in 1942. The parade is held in Haukijärvi. I have checked both KevOs4 and KevOs14's war diaries, and neither are even remotely near Haukijärvi on that date. So far there is no evidence to support that the picture in question is of those detachments. Please state your sources when presenting any claims.