Stalin expected little opposition as he ordered the Red Army to invade Finland and he got a very unpleasant shock. The Winter War is little known in English-language military histories, making this excellent new book a very welcome addition. – Most Highly Recommended
NAME: Red Wings in the Winter War 1939-1940 FILE: R3291 AUTHOR: Carl-Fredrik Geust PUBLISHER: MMP, Mushroom Model Publications BINDING: hard back PRICE: £35.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWII, World War II, World War 2, Second World War, Finnish Winter War, Finland, Soviet Union, Finnish Air Force, Red Army, Frontal Aviation, League of Nations, aviation, technology, tactics ISBN: 978-8365958-51-8 PAGES: 280, 350 photographs, 28 commissioned colour profiles, 5 maps IMAGE: B3291.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/ LINKS: DESCRIPTION: Stalin expected little opposition as he ordered the Red Army to invade Finland and he got a very unpleasant shock. The Winter War is little known in English-language military histories, making this excellent new book a very welcome addition. – Most Highly Recommended
In 1939, the Soviets were in a pact with Nazi Germany to divide up Poland between them. Stalin was looking to extend the Soviet Baltic coastline and Finland seemed to offer limited ability to resist a similar progress to that which was being enjoyed in Poland. However, what the Finns lacked in numbers of men and equipment they more than made up for in determination to preserve their independence.
The Soviets suffered painful casualties and were roundly condemned for an illegal act of war by the League of Nations. Various countries tried to help Finland with supplies and equipment, including the supply of warplanes by Britain that included the Gladiator biplane and the state-of-the-art Hurricane. More practical help was not a viable option because there was no easy way of sending troops through the Baltic and North to Finland.
The author has presented a very well-thought-out text which is supported by a mass of illustration that is rare, or unique to this book. There is b&w illustration through the body of the book, much of which has never appeared before, covering aircraft and key military commanders. There is also illustration in map and table form that ensures the maximum amount of information within the page space. This concludes with a full colour section of specially commissioned images of aircraft that will be valued by modellers and enjoyed by all enthusiasts.