Finnish troops charging.
Finnish troops charging.
Finnish soldiers storming Soviet positions.
Puukko of a Finnish Border Guard Jäger. The scabbard has been engraved with the places that 1st Border Guards Jäger Battalion (RP 1) fought at.
Slingshot, that Finns are using to sling hand grenades to the enemy’s side. Men in the photo are a part of the Infantry Regiment 32 (3/I JR 32). Lieutenant Kauniskangas and Ensign Turunen are operating the sling. The record distance, that Finns used to sling grenades with this was 150 meters.
Uhtua, Continuation War
Finnish soldiers with Lahti-Saloranta M/26 light machine gun on the western shore of Vyborg Bay, Finland, 1940.
Finnish soldiers stating the Oath of Allegiance.
Finnish machine gun crew ready to fire.
Department Partinen, 1941.07.07
The Japanese Arisaka and the Finnish Civil War.
After the overthrow of Czar Nicholas II of Russia, the Grand Duchy of Finland, a once autonomous territory within Russia, became a newly independent nation. However the state had some political disputes to work out, particularly between the socialist leaning Democratic party and the Conservatives. On the 27th of January, 1918 the new nation broke out into civil war.
Since Finland was a new country without an established military, both Socialist forces (Red Guards) and Nationalist forces had a motley collection of firearms including American Winchesters, Russian Mosin Nagants, German Mausers, and most strangely Japanese Arisakas. Yes, you heard that right, Japanese Arisakas in Finland. After fighting the Russo-Japanese War with Japan in 1905, the Russian Empire had managed to captured a number of Japanese Type 30 bolt action rifles and carbines along with ammunition. With nothing to use the rifles for, the Russians simply stored them in arsenal as military surplus. With the outbreak of World War I many of these rifles were refurbished and issued to Russian soldiers. Thousands more Type 38 rifles were sold to Russia during WWI as both Japan and Russia were Allies. In particular many were issued to units stationed in and around Finland, which would later be captured and used by the Fins. Furthermore, after Russia fell to the Bolsheviks, a number of Arisaka rifles were donated to Socialist forces. Altogether between 34,000 and 36,000 Japanese rifles and carbines were used in the Finnish Civil War.
General Oech awarding a patrol leader with the Order of the Cross of Liberty 4th class.
Finnish Border Guard troops after a battle.