FINNISH DEFENCE FORCES

IN THE WORLD WAR II 1939 - 1945

Finnish authorities and Civil Guard soldiers are inspecting Soviet Tupolev SB medium bomber shot down in southern Finland during the Winter War. Plane has a red flash marking in the tail.

 

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GROUPINGS AND MILITARY ACTIONS OF THE FINNISH DEFENCE FORCES 1939 - 1945
(Orders of Battle)
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Winter War 30.11.1939 - 13.3.1940 (-> [1st] Interim Peace)
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Continuation War 25.6.1941 - 4.9.1944 (Truce) / - 19.9.1944 (-> [2nd] Interim Peace)
  • Initial Situation 25.6. - 10.7.1941 +
  • Finnish Attack Phase 10.7.1941 - 1.3.1942 +
  • Trench Warfare Period 1.3.1942 - 4.3.1944 *
  • Trench Warfare Period 4.3. - 9.6.1944 +
  • Soviet Fourth Strategic Strike / Delaying Period 9.6. - 30.6.1944
  • Finnish Repel Victories 1.7. - 8.1944
  • Battles of Tali and Ihantala
  • Battles at Bay of Viborg
  • Battles of Vuosalmi
  • Battles of Nietjärvi
  • Battles of Ilomantsi
  • Second Trench Warfare Period 8. - 4.9.1944
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    Finnish Military Actions Against Germans - Lapland War 15.9.1944 - 27.4.1945
    • Initial Situation on 15.9.1944
    • German Landing Attempt at Suursaari Island on 15.9.1944
    • Finnish Landing at Tornio on 1.10.1944
    • Military Operations of the Finnish Army 1.10. - 4.12.1944
    • Military Operations of the Finnish Defence Forces 5.12.1944 - 27.4.1945
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    HEADQUARTERS AND UNITS OF THE FINNISH DEFENCE FORCES 1939 - 1945
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    Supreme Headquarters

    ......... Other military units of the Supreme HQ are handled with other corresponding units.
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    Air Defence / Air Force *
    Air Force, Anti-Aircraft Troops and Air Surveillance Troops
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    Naval Forces
    Coastal Fleet, Navy and Coastal Defence
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    Field Army / Land Forces
    • Supplement Battalions 1939 - 1940
    • Personnel Supplement Centres and Supplement Battalions 1941 - 1944
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    Foreign Volunteers in Finland during the War
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    Home Troops / Civil Guard
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    WEAPONS, EQUIPMENT AND UNIFORMS
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    Weapons and Equipment of the Finnish Defence Forces during WW II
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    Finnish Military Uniforms, Personal Equipment and Insignia of Rank
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    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
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    Knights of the Mannerheim Cross 1941 - 1945

    Finnish Military Decorations

    Adolf Hitler's Visit to Finland on 4 June 1942 *

    State Report Establishment (VTL) 1939 - 1940 and 1941 - 1944 +

    Finnish State Railways during the WW II - Railway Officers 1939 - 1944 +

    Finnish Aviation Industry 1939 - 1945 +

    Finnish Weapon Designer Aimo Lahti
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    Bibliography (Sources, Literature)

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    © 1997 - 21.10.2006 Harri Anttonen

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