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A Frozen Hell: The Russo-Finnish Winter War of 1939-1940 (English Edition)

A Frozen Hell: The Russo-Finnish Winter War of 1939-1940 (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

William Trotter
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In 1939, tiny Finland waged war-the kind of war that spawns legends-against the mighty Soviet Union, and yet their epic struggle has been largely ignored. Guerrillas on skis, heroic single-handed attacks on tanks, unfathomable endurance, and the charismatic leadership of one of this century's true military geniuses-these are the elements of both the Finnish victory and a gripping tale of war.


Provides historical information on the march into Finland in November of 1940 to proclaim Finnish independence.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1935 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 320 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 1565122496
  • Verlag: Algonquin Books (1. November 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Breathtaking 20. Januar 2001
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This history book is probably the most breathtaking I've ever had the pleasure to read.
Being from Scandinavia myself, I was pleased to see how unbiased this book is. Mr Trotter has great sympathy for the Finnish struggle and the hopeless odds against them, but also shows us the tragical fate of the ordinary Soviet soldier: Cold, exposed, sent out to die for Stalin, which almost 300,000 of them eventually did.
Other readers have already explained the thrilling contents of this book and its eye for detail, so I would like to underline here Mr Trotter's impressive ability to tell even such a dramatic story with a brilliant touch of irony. Just take a look at these two examples:
1. "At 9:20 a.m., November 30, 1939, the first Russian planes appeared over Helsinki.... () .. On their way out, the planes took time to strafe a complex of working-class housing units and to drop their last few high-explosive bombs on the inner city, some of which severely damaged the front of the Soviet Legation building"
2. "To head the new puppet regime, Stalin dragged out O. W. Kuusinen and set him up as "president". Kuusinen was the most influential of all the old-guard Reds who had fled Finland in 1918...().. Broadcasts were soon made in the name of this new government, telling the captive proletariat of "plutocratic Finland" about all the wonderful reforms that would be promulgated after the Red Army had finished liberating them. (Kuusinen) promised the workers an eight-hour day. The workers were not impressed. The eight-hour day had been legislated in Finland twenty five years earlier... Kuusinen had certainly kept up with things".
Admittedly, I, being a non-native English speaker, for obvious reasons will perceive written English in another way than would a native speaker. But I certainly like Mr Trotter's style.
Thanks to the author for a magnificent account of this dramatic piece of Scandinavian history.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Very good...captivating 10. Februar 2000
This was a fun read. I didn't know much about this conflict apart from Souomussalmi, and precious little about that either. Trotter does an excellent job portraying the Finns struggle against overwhelming odds, and is careful not to over-romanticize characters such as Mannerheim.
Only a few nitpicks keep this from being a five-star recommendation. It would have been nice if there were more maps--I found myself often looking to the maps for where Trotter was talking about, only to find the places weren't on the maps at all. A map of Finland after the war (and during the Continuation War) would have also been helpful. Also, I felt the Soviet perspective often was neglected in favor of the Finnish one--more accounts of the decisions made by Red Army officers and politicians would have been helpful in understanding some of the battles better. Moreover, I felt that more first-hand accounts would also have helped.
Otherwise, however, this is a fantastic book, and I recommend it to anyone interested in one of the more fascinating campaigns of early-WW2.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen An amazing story 1. Februar 2000
William R. Trotter's FROZEN HELL is a fine account of the Russo-Finnish War of 1939-40. The incredible courage, competence, and resourcefulness of the vastly outnumbered Finns comes through quite vividly--as does the Russians' astonishing incompetence in the early phases of the war. Particularly noteworthy are the middle chapters that recount the total annhilation of two Russian infantry divisions numbering 30,000 men by lightly equipped Finnish forces a third as large: a military feat worthy of legend. As good as it is, though, Trotter's book is a little dry; more anecdotal material would have enlivened it and made it more vivid.
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