Finnish Military Effectiveness in the Winter War, 1939-1940

  • Pasi Tuunainen

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About this book


This book analyzes the multi-faceted phenomenon of Finnish military effectiveness in the Winter War (1939–40). Drawing on a wide array of primary and secondary sources, Pasi Tuunainen shows how by focusing on their own strengths and pitting these against the weaknesses of their adversary, the Finns were able to inflict heavy casualties on the Red Army whilst minimizing their own losses. The Finns were able to use their resources for effective operational purposes, and perform almost to their full potential. The Finnish small-unit tactics utilized the terrain and Arctic conditions for which they had prepared themselves, as well as forming cohesive units of well-motivated and qualitatively better professional leaders and citizen soldiers who could innovate and adapt. The Finnish Army had highly effective logistics, support and supply systems that kept the troops fighting.



Finland Arctic warfare History of conflict Second World War Red Army

Authors and affiliations

  • Pasi Tuunainen
    • 1
  1. 1.Geographical and Historical StudiesUniversity of Eastern Finland JOENSUUFinland

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-44604-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-44606-0
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