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Finland participated in three major conflicts during World War II, all related to ongoing hostilities between Finland and the expansionist Soviet Union. As the Soviet Union changed allegiances from supporting Nazi Germany to battling the Nazis, this placed the Finns in the unusual situation of being for, then against, then for, the overall interests of the Allied powers.
The first two major conflicts were the defensive Winter War against an invasion by the Soviet Union in 1939–1940, followed by the Continuation War, alongside the Axis Powers against the Soviets, in 1941–1944. The third conflict, the Lapland War in 1944–1945, followed the signing of an armistice agreement with the Allied Powers, which stipulated expulsion of Nazi German forces from Finnish territory.
By the end of hostilities, Finland managed to defend its independence, but had to cede nearly 10% of its territory, including its second largest city, Viipuri, and pay out a large amount of war reparations to the Soviet Union. As a result of this territorial loss, all Finnish Karelians were evacuated from their homes, relocating to areas that remained within the borders of Finland.
originally posted by: LightSpeedDriver
No disrespect intended to your thread but 70 years plus after the fact, does it really matter to anyone living today? I would guess not. A pointless extension of war and rhetoric, but only the one they want us to remember, in contrast to the wars being continually waged around the world today
I say # them, but then again I feel misguided and deluded. Apparently.
originally posted by: Aliensun
To ignore the past is to relive it.
No disrespect intended to your thread but 70 years plus after the fact, does it really matter to anyone living today?