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The Hundred Day Winter War: Finland's Gallant Stand Against the Soviet Army (Modern War Studies) (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 30. Juli 2013


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"Sander's discussion of military matters is very good, and his battle pieces are very well done, often gripping, and with more coverage of the Soviet side than is common, including the effect of the war on the Red Army. An excellent look at one of the most unique conflicts in the twentieth century."--"New York Military Affairs Symposium Review"

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Gordon F. Sander is a journalist, historian, and Nordic expert. His books include The Frank Family That Survived and the recently published Off the Map: A Personal History of Finland.

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A Very Good Account of the Winter War 22. Juli 2013
Von Aussie Reader - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
I have just finished Gordon Sander's book on the 1939 war between Finland and Russian know as the Hundred Day War or the Winter War (Talvisota). Although I have two to three books on this subject in my library this is the first title I have actually read on this conflict. Therefore I cannot compare it to the many books currently available however I can say that it does provide a nice and easy to read overview or general history of this war.

The author takes us from the sudden commencement of this unprovoked conflict to the signing of the peace treaty over 100 days later. The story ranges from the diplomatic, political and home fronts to the severe fighting along the Mannerheim line and other points of conflict. There are six maps provided in the book, which allow the reader to follow the fighting, and a number of black & white pictures.

The author has used a number of articles and reports taken from foreign reporters and war correspondents along with numerous first-hand accounts from participants, civilian and military. These accounts blend in well with the story and provide a good idea of what the Finnish people and the Western world thought of this conflict.

Many believed that the result was a forgone conclusion, small isolated Finland against the Russian steamroller with unlimited resources and manpower. How could Finland ever win this fight? As the author states; Mannerheim's strategy was: " ...not based on the absurd hope of outright victory, but, as veteran correspondent John Langdon-Davies put it, on 'the most honourable annihilation, with the faint hope that the conscience of mankind would find an alternative solution as a reward for bravery and singleness of purpose'."

Gustaf Mannerheim declared that the Finnish forces were fighting "a Thermopylae every day", and reading of the Russian assaults against the smaller Finnish forces you would almost have to agree. The book is not a detailed military history of this war but it does provide enough information on the many battles, famous ones like the battles of Suomussalmi and Raate Road and the lesser-known ones like the "Sausage War".

The many reports from the war correspondents provide a "real time" element to the story and cover a range of incidents during the war. The famous American female war reporter and later author, Virginia Cowles, filed this story for her readers covering aspects of the Russian bombing campaign:

"It is difficult to describe indiscriminate aerial warfare against a civilian population in a country with a temperature thirty degrees Fahrenheit below zero. But if you can visualize farm girls stumbling through snow for the uncertain safety of their cellars; bombs falling on frozen villages unprotected by a single anti-aircraft gun; men standing helplessly in front of blazing buildings with no apparatus to fight the fires, and others desperately trying to salvage their belongings from burning wreckage - if you can visualize these things and picture even the children in remote hamlets wearing white covers over their coats as camouflage against low-flying Russian machine gunners - you can get some idea of what this war was like."

Overall this is a great story and one that I think would be suitable for a first read on the Winter War.
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Don't miss this one! 21. August 2013
Von B. Olsen - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Having studied Finland's wars in the 20th Century for decades, I was somewhat hesitant about buying this book. Was there really anything new to say about the Winter War? Fortunately I didn't hesitate too long as Gordon F. Sander proves there is. For an American, the author displays a unique knowledge about Finland and, it soon becomes obvious, a love of both the country and its inhabitants. Not only writing about, but also having a deep understanding of Finland's Winter War, sets his book apart from the plethora of other books on the subject.

The author casts his net wide. He takes us behind the scenes to show what went on in political circles, not only in Finland and the Soviet Union but also in the Scandinavian countries. Interestingly, Mr. Sander also focus on the activities of the large press corps that followed the war from the Finnish side - although some of them seem to have preferred the bar of Helsinki's luxurious Hotel Kämp to the ice cold trenches of the front line. Not so the author, he brings us right down into the trenches on both sides of the front. Well-written, the fast-paced text reads like a thriller and gives you a unique feeling of actually being there as the war progresses. I consider myself fairly knowledgeable about the Winter War, yet I found this book hard to put down. Strongly recommended!
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Fresh Light on Finland's Heroic Stand 18. August 2014
Von A. A. Nofi - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
A summary of the review on StrategyPage.Com:

'Although quite a number of books have examined Finland’s heroic, if doomed, resistance to Stalin’s aggression, journalist and historian Sander manages to throw a great deal of new light on the 105 day conflict., in a book that was a best-seller in Finland. He covers much more of the civilian side of the war than is common, and tries to give the reader the feel of events as they unfolded, rather than taking a longer-term view. Sander reveals some of the warts on the Finnish side, including an overly rigid press censorship that contributed to false hopes of victory, gives us some detail on foreign aid to the Finns (even from Mussolini!), the proposed Anglo-French relief expedition, Stalin’s decision to end the war at a time when arguably he might have overrun all of Finland, and more. Sander ‘s discussion of military matters is very good, and his battle pieces are very well done, often gripping, and with coverage of the Soviet side than is common, including the effect of the war on the Red Army. An excellent look at one of the most unique conflicts in the twentieth century.'

For the full review, see StrategyPage.Com
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Well Written 4. Oktober 2013
Von Jeff G - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
I had read a few books on the Winter War and was apprehensive at first that this book would just say the same things. I was very happy to find that this was a very thoughtful and informative work interspersed with quotes from survivors of the Winter War on both sides. A very well researched and written work that should be a must have for World War II buffs.
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This book is NOT about the military aspects of the Russo-Fenno Winter War 26. Februar 2014
Von J. Michael Stanley - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
If you are interested (as I was) in the military aspects of this war, this book is definitely not for you. If, on the other hand, you are interested in the political maneuvering of both sides, the activities of the international corps of correspondents, and, to some degree, the impacts on the Finnish population, then this book will suit your needs. The title of this book would lead one to believe that you will find a description of the movements of the Finnish and Soviet armies and of the evolution of the battles. In fact, very little paper is wasted on these aspects and I would recommend that someone in search of this information look elsewhere.
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