Stalin, Molotov and the Finns – Beachcombing’s Bizarre History Blog

stalin-beachcombingA brief post to celebrate a WIBT (wish I’d been there) moment from the margins of the Second World War. November 1939 and western Europe has plunged into internecine conflict. However, the non-combatant Soviet Union is enjoying itself. Indeed, it has decided to use this precious period to put the record straight with some of its smaller neighbours. The class bully, in short, has just got out the knuckle dusters and, God help, those little boys with glasses while the teachers are not around.

Part of Poland had already been gobbled up in the September War: the crimes at Katyn have been committed. The Soviets are planning for the ‘incorporation’ of the Baltic Republics: something that will be carried out in the Summer of 1940. And then there is also that annoying little country somewhere up near Sweden – the Soviet planners can never remember its name.

Pity Finland. From Anschluss and with more urgency from the beginning of the Second World War Soviet communiqués were sent threatening and coaxing by turns. The Soviets wanted bases on Finnish territory. They wanted Finnish islands. They wanted the Finnish border to be…

Source:  Stalin, Molotov and the Finns – Beachcombing’s Bizarre History Blog.

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2 thoughts on “Stalin, Molotov and the Finns – Beachcombing’s Bizarre History Blog

  1. The author is no fan of the Soviets, obviously.
    The Winter War is an intriguing one indeed. ‘The Plucky Finns’ were underestimated by the Russians, that is undeniable. The Russian tactics, the quality of their troops, and their disregard of the Finn’s will to fight, all were factors in the initial Russian defeats. However, the same Finns were supported by many sympathetic foreign volunteers from countries like Sweden, and later supplied with weapons and equipment by Nazi Germany. And they didn’t really win at all, let’s not forget that. They eventually settled the stalemate, by handing over 10% of Finland to Russia.
    After 1941, they fought on the German side, to try to gain it back. Once the Germans began to retreat, in 1944, the Finns ended up fighting the Germans, and accepted a deal with Stalin. Of course, it is far more involved than that, but this is only a blog comment.
    If any readers like war films, this one on the Winter War is very well done.
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098437/
    Best wishes, Pete.

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