posted on Apr, 16 2010 @ 12:00 AM
While I am certainly not as knowledgeable about the Winter War as some of the native Finns posting here, I have studied it due to my heritage. Some
interesting things emerge.
Stalin thought he would show Hitler how powerful his Red Army was so he decided Finland was a good target. Oops. The Soviet failure was another
reason why Hitler felt he could attack Russia and win.
So why did the Russians do so badly? The Finns wore white uniforms to hide in the snow. The Russians did not. The Finns were on skis most often.
The Russians were not. The Finns knew the country side. The Russians did not. The Finns would move the road signs to direct the Russian column
across the frozen lake. Kaboom.
With very little help from outside, the Finns maintained an overall kill ratio of 10 to 1. The joke was, "What do you do with the 11th Russian?"
This is not the first time in history the Finns have fought the Russians. Finland had been a shield for Sweden against the Russians for centuries.
So the Finns that were left were either very good at dodging armies, or were tough enough to have lived through numerous wars.
The Finns allied with the Germans because the Soviets were attacking. They were also the only country to pay their war debt completely.
Sisu is one of the defining characteristics of Finns. It is a concept beyond stubborn. It is the will, determination, perseverance, mental fortitude
to do and finish whatever it is that you have decided to do and let nothing stop you. This thead is about a sniper with sisu, and Russians were his