The Start and End of Winter War in Helsinki

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75 years ago today (November 30th 1939) Soviet Union attacked Finland and Helsinki was one of the bombing targets. About 100 Helsinkians died on the first day of Winter War.

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Three months later small Finland was surprisingly still independent although considerably smaller.  Evacuated Helsinki was bombed a few times a month but wasn’t damaged as much as one would expect.

The harsh conditions of the peace-treaty were one reason why the hostilities resumed in 1941 in what Finns call the Continuation War.

Photos from SA-kuva.

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