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Finnish Army Lieutenant Aarne Juutilainen and his company holding a Christmas service near the Kollaa River, Finland, 24 Dec 1939.

[Photo] Finnish Army Lieutenant Aarne Juutilainen and his company holding a Christmas service near the Kollaa River, Finland, 24 Dec 1939

Finnish Army Lieutenant Aarne Juutilainen and his company holding a Christmas service near the Kollaa River, Finland, 24 Dec 1939.

Jewish Finnish soldiers infront of their field synagogue at Svir river during the Winter War. Later during the Continuation War, when Finland fought side by side with Nazi Germany, over 350 Finnish Jews served in the Finnish army with 23 of them killed in action. Two or three were even awarded the Iron Cross (all declined).

Discussions on the Winter War and Continuation War, the wars between Finland and the USSR.

Finnish Army Colonel Hjalmar Siilasvuo receiving a briefing during the Battle of Suomussalmi, Finland, Dec 1939-Jan 1940

[Photo] Finnish Army Colonel Hjalmar Siilasvuo receiving a briefing during the Battle of Suomussalmi, Finland, Dec 1939-Jan 1940

[Photo] Finnish Army Colonel Hjalmar Siilasvuo receiving a briefing during the Battle of Suomussalmi, Finland, Dec 1940

Finland: Lanterns of Remembrance, a Christmas Eve tradition.

6 Heartwarming Christmas Eve Traditions From Around the World

Learn about meaningful Finnish Traditions- Candles decorate the graves of the Vaasa cemetery in Finland. Traditionally on Christmas Eve, Finns place candles on the graves of their relatives.

Finnish troops gathering captured Soviet weapons, Taipale, Finland, circa 27-28 Dec 1939

[Photo] Finnish troops gathering captured Soviet weapons, Taipale, Finland, circa 27-28 Dec 1939

Finnish troops gathering captured Soviet weapons, Taipale, Finland, circa 27-28 Dec 1939

Finnish troops observing the field on the Russo-Finnish border prior to the outbreak of the Winter War, Nov 1939

[Photo] Finnish troops observing the field on the Russo-Finnish border prior to the outbreak of the Winter War, Nov 1939

Finnish troops observing the field on the Russo-Finnish border prior to the outbreak of the Winter War, Nov 1939

Red Army assaulting Finnish lines at Summa using armoured sledges, pulled by tanks, to advance on Mannerheim Line

Red Army assaulting Finnish lines at Summa using armoured sledges, pulled by tanks, to advance on Mannerheim Line

... ended up serving as a US Special Forces officer in Vietnam and Laos

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

One advantage the Finnish Army enjoyed was being commanded by Marshal Mannerheim

One advantage the Finnish Army enjoyed was being commanded by Marshal Mannerheim, pin by Paolo Marzioli

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