German, Finnish and a Russian soldier having a peaceful conversation.
Finnish pioneers retrieving the body of their fallen comrade, while being under enemy fire.
Änkilä, Pajari. 1941.07.31.
Flags fly in memory of Continuation War
Flags will fly high at government offices throughout Finland Thursday to mark 70 years since the end of the country’s Continuation War with the Soviet Union. Finland declared an end to military operations on September 4, 1944, followed by the Soviet Union one day later.
Oi nouse, Suomi, nosta korkealle
pääs’ seppelöimä suurten muistojen,
oi nouse, Suomi, näytit maailmalle
sa että karkoitit orjuuden
ja ettet taipunut sa sorron alle,
on aamus’ alkanut, synnyinmaa.
One of our brave boys, Private Anselmi Hautala was wounded on his left shoulder during the previous war and now on his right arm. Hautala walked alone in the wilderness for 7 kilometers and is now exhausted, but persistent at the field hospital.
Department Ilomäki, 1941.07.06
Finnish soldiers writing letters for they love ones, few hour before the attack.
Finnish soldier carrying a wounded soldier of the Red Army on his back.
Source: Tuntemattomien sotilaiden albumi.
An NCO of the Finnish Dragoon Regiment in marching order.
Source: J.E.O Screen - The Finnish “Old Army” in Old Photographs.
Mikko Pöllä (September 16, 1916 - April 28, 1994)
Mikko Pöllä was an Ingrian Finn born in Valkeasaari, an area that came under Soviet rule after the fall of the Russian Empire.
Pöllä’s father was deported as a kulak to Siberia in 1932, and his family was evicted from their estate. Pöllä escaped Stalin’s regime in July, 1933 by swimming across the Sestra River to Finland. He worked as a construction worker, lumberjack, and bricklayer before being enlisted by the Finnish Army in 1939, as a scout for his fluency in Russian
Pöllä performed 13 reconnaissance patrols during the Winter War and took part in the Battle of Kollaa.
During the Continuation War, Pöllä served as a long-range reconnaissance man, and was a patrol leader in the 4th Detached Battalion, Department Kuismanen. He conducted over 30 long-range reconnaissance patrols that consisted of destroying enemy bases, supply trains and the famous attack at the Petrovski Jam supply base.
For meritorious deeds and successful raids on the enemy rear, Pöllä was awarded with the 2nd class Mannerheim Cross, number 120, on August 1, 1943. Pöllä was one of the two people to be awarded with the Mannerheim Cross, that were citizens of the Soviet Union.
In 1946, Pöllä was interrogated by the Soviet influenced State Police in Finland and thus escaped overseas in fear of being transported back to the Soviet Union. First Pöllä ran to Sweden where he worked as a forestry worker, until he was driven out of the country along with other Finnish military refugees. After that, Pöllä moved to Venezuela where he sold icons and worked as a waiter in the Swedish embassy, farmer, and as an independent building contractor.
Pöllä returned to Finland in 1964 and passed away in 1994.
Training of Northern Tavastia Civil Guard District.
No eihän tässä ossaa mitään erikoista jutustaa, mutta pojat nyt ensiksi ihmettelee sitä että milloin nämä ylimääräiset kertausharjoitukset loppuu ja milloin se sota alkaa.
Well there’s not anything special to say really, but the boys are wondering when these additional refresher trainings will end and when the war shall start.
"The Terror of Morocco" Captain Aarne Juutilainen during a radio interview at the Kollaa front, when the Winter War had lasted 3 weeks. Juutilainen earned his ferocious nickname for serving in the French Foreign Legion for 5 years and became famous for standing his ground with his men during the decisive battles at Kollaa. One of the people under Juutilainen’s command was the legendary sharpshooter Simo Häyhä.