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Table of contents (6 chapters)
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.
- Arctic warfare
- History of conflict
- Second World War
- Red Army
Authors and Affiliations
Geographical and Historical Studies, University of Eastern Finland, JOENSUU, Finland
About the author
Pasi Tuunainen is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Eastern Finland. He has previously published on the Vietnam War, the Finnish art of war, and Arctic warfare. He has been awarded three research prizes for the monographs he has authored.
Book Title: Finnish Military Effectiveness in the Winter War, 1939-1940
Authors: Pasi Tuunainen
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan London
Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-137-44604-6Published: 08 July 2016
eBook ISBN: 978-1-137-44606-0Published: 25 June 2016
Edition Number: 1
Number of Pages: XV, 266
Number of Illustrations: 1 illustrations in colour