The Winter War: Russia's Invasion of Finland, 1939-40 (First Edition)

By: Edwards, Robert

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On November 30, 1939, the Soviet Union's Red Army invaded the young nation-state of Finland, in the full expectation of routing the small, ill-equipped Finnish army and annexing the former Russian territory by the end of the year. But Finland held out for 105 bitterly cold, fiercely combative days, until March 15, 1940, when a peace agreement ended the short, savage Winter War. At the stirring center of the story lie the resourcefulness and resolve of the Finnish people, who against all military odds in want of ammunition, food, sleep, and troops fought a blundering, ineptly commanded Red Army to a standstill. On March 15, they ceded to the Soviet 11 percent of their territory and 30 percent of their economic assets, but none of their national pride. The Russians meanwhile had markedly damaged their international standing and effectively ruined their military reputation-to such an extent, as this probing chapter in World War II history demonstrates, that Germany, with proud-blooded Finland as an ally, dared to launch its 1940 invasion of Russia. At the same time, though, the fiasco of the Winter War forced Stalin to acknowledge the shortcomings of the Red Army and to reform it: Germany would fall at Stalingrad in 1941. With authority, this skillfully narrated military history unfolds its story of the four-month Soviet-Finnish war and explores its consequences from London to Moscow, from Helsinki to Paris, to Washington, DC.

Title: The Winter War: Russia's Invasion of Finland, 1939-40 (First Edition)

Author Name: Edwards, Robert

Illustrator: Illustrated

Categories: World War II,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New York, Pegasus Books: 2008

ISBN Number: 1933648503

ISBN Number 13: 9781933648507

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Jacket Condition: Fine

Type: Hardcover

Seller ID: 033709

Description: On November 30, 1939, the Soviet Union's Red Army invaded the young nation-state of Finland, in the full expectation of routing the small, ill-equipped Finnish army and annexing the former Russian territory by the end of the year. But Finland held out for 105 bitterly cold, fiercely combative days, until March 15, 1940, when a peace agreement ended the short, savage Winter War. At the stirring center of the story lie the resourcefulness and resolve of the Finnish people, who against all military oddsin want of ammunition, food, sleep, and troopsfought a blundering, ineptly commanded Red Army to a standstill. On March 15, they ceded to the Soviet 11 percent of their territory and 30 percent of their economic assets, but none of their national pride. Black cloth with silver spine lettering. Illustrated. No writing in the book. 319pp., index. Full refund if not satisfied.