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Thursday, 30 September 2021

The Finnish-Soviet Winter War 1939-40: Stalin's Hollow Victory

The Winter War has fascinated me for a long time and has formed the backdrop (albeit imaginary) for my book, A WINTER-ISH WAR. When I realised that THE FINNISH-SOVIET WINTER WAR 1939-40: STALIN'S HOLLOW VICTORY had been published, I just had to but a copy!

The book is split into nine chapters and an index:

  • Origins of the Campaign
  • Chronology
  • Opposing Commanders
    • Soviet
    • Finnish
  • Opposing Forces
    • Soviet
    • Finnish
    • Order of Battle, 13th November 1939
  • Opposing Plans
    • Soviet
    • Finnish
  • The Winter War
    • Opening moves
    • Suomussalmi and the Raate Road, 23rd December 1939 to 8th January 1940
    • The Battle of Tolvajarvi, 12th December 1939
    • The Kollaa sector, 7th December 1939 to 13th March 1940
    • The development of Finnish tactics
    • Petsamo and Lapland, 1939-40
    • Tank battle at Honkaniemi, Karelian Isthmus, 26th February 1940
    • Breaking the Mannerheim Line, February 1940
    • The air war
    • The war at sea
    • Endgame, 15th February to 13th March 1940
  • Analysis
  • The Battlefield Today
  • Select Bibliography
  • Index


THE FINNISH-SOVIET WINTER WAR 1939-40: STALIN'S HOLLOW VICTORY was written by David Murphy and illustrated by Johnny Shumate. It was published in 2021 by Osprey Publishing (ISBN 978 1 4728 4396 8).

6 comments:

  1. A neglected conflict for sure Bob. I'm reading (currently paused) William R Trotter's book on the same conflict, which is so far an excellent read, with lots of good background info. These early war conflicts I am now finding rather fascinating:)

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    1. Steve J.,

      A number of excellent books about the Winter and Continuation Wars have come out over the past five or six years, including some by Finnish authors.

      I agree that a lot of these smaller and/or less well known conflicts have much to offer in the way of interest for wargamers.

      All the best,

      Bob

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    2. This is a good tome on the last campaign on the Karelian Isthmus in 1944. Helion have 20% off Eastern Front books at the moment.

      https://www.helion.co.uk/military-history-books/vyborg-1944-the-last-soviet-finnish-campaign-on-the-eastern-front.php

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    3. Nundanket,

      Thanks for the link. Its another book to add to my 'to buy' list!

      All the best,

      Bob

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  2. Trotter's book on this is good. I also enjoyed his volumes on North Carolina in the ACW, which were useful when travelling there.

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    1. Nigel Drury,

      I need to check if I have a copy of Trotter’s book. I think that I read the 2002 reprint, which had a slightly different title to that of the original edition.

      All the best,

      Bob

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