Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Emergency landing

Monday, August 19, 2013

Monday, June 17, 2013


During the war, the Finnish soldiers (TK-mens) also drew a lot of great drawings.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Fokker D.XXI

Tiiksjärvi airfield 1941.11.04 SA-kuva

Several Finnish Air Force pilots became fighter aces with the Fokker D.XXI. The top scoring Fokker ace was Jorma Sarvanto who obtained 12 5/6 victories with the type. Many other future aces scored at least one victory with the Fokker. The highest scoring airframe was FK-110, with 10 victories. This aircraft survived the war and is on display at the Central Finland Aviation Museum.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Junkers 88

During the war, the Finnish soldiers (TK-mens) also drew a lot of great drawings. SA-kuvat

Tuesday, June 4, 2013


The T-34 was a Soviet medium tank produced from 1940 to 1958. When it first appeared on the battlefield in 1941, German tank generals von Kleist and Guderian called it "the deadliest tank in the world.


Monday, June 3, 2013


Facebook is full of cat pictures. Heres is more so the cat can conquer the world!

Caricature : Destroyed a tank

During the war, the Finnish soldiers also drew a lot of great drawings. SA-kuvat
Piirros Aarne Nopsanen, 1941. SA-kuva

Friday, May 31, 2013

War drawings VIII

During the war, the Finnish soldiers also drew a lot of great drawings. SA-kuvat
Piirros U.Toivo. SA-kuva

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Aarne Juutilainen "The Terror of Morocco"

Aarne Edward Juutilainen (18 October 1904 – 28 October 1976), nicknamed "The Terror of Morocco", was a Finnish army captain who served in the French Foreign Legion in Morocco between 1930 and 1935. After returning to Finland, he served in the Finnish army and became a national hero in the Battle of Kollaa during the Winter War with Russia. He was wounded three times during World War II.

Juutilainen was born in Sortavala, and died in Helsinki. His brother was flying ace Ilmari Juutilainen.

French Foreign Legion

On 20 June 1930, Juutilainen travelled to France and joined the French Foreign Legion. He was transferred to Fort St. Nicolas in Southern France, near Marseille, and from there to Oran in Algeria. He spent time in a Foreign Legion training camp in the town of Sidi Bel Abbès. From there he was transferred to Fez and fought in several battles against the Arab rebels in the Atlas Mountains. Because of his service in Morocco, he was called the "The Terror of Morocco" by Finnish troops.
The war in the Atlas Mountains was long, and in 1931 the Arab offensive surrendered.[clarification needed] Juutilainen returned to Finland on 20 June 1935, by which time the whole of Morocco was under French control.
The Winter War

In November 1939, the Soviet Union attacked Finland, starting the Winter War. Juutilainen served in the Finnish army during this war, notably during the Battle of Kollaa.

Major General Woldemar Hägglund's question "Will Kollaa hold?" ("Kestääkö Kollaa?") was famously answered by Lieutenant Juutilainen: "Kollaa will hold, unless the orders are to run."
During his command at Kollaa in December 1939, Juutilainen negotiated with Hägglund about the strategy for the Kollaa Front. The Battle of Kollaa was strategically important. "Unless we are told to run" meant exactly that; a week earlier, he had received a regimental order to withdraw, which he disregarded.

Afterwards, lieutenant-colonel and regiment commander Wilhelm Teittinen, who commanded the JR/34 at the Kollaa Front, honored Juutilainen: "He created the Kollaa Spirit".

By 1940, Juutilainen was a captain commanding the "Moroccan company", a unit of "good shots and good skiers" who had all been decorated for bravery. A contemporary news report described the unit as having achieved "startling victories in this sector" during the war. Juutilainen's men called him "papa". He used the guerilla warfare skills he learned with the French Foreign Legion to train his men. By this time, Juutilainen had lost one finger of his right hand as a result of Russian shrapnel.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

War drawings VII

During the war, the Finnish soldiers also drew a lot of great drawings. SA-kuvat


In particular,  during the Continuation War, was appointed as hobby crafts men in their free time or the other front the situation allows, and handicrafts. handicrafts were a phenomenon of trench warfare. Hobby crafts were made such as furniture or wood and birch bark containers, most, even entire buildings. Hobby crafts met with contradictory: at best they improved the morale and gave useful to do, at worst, took time for a training session, and the rehabilitation centers

Monday, May 27, 2013

War drawings VI

During the war, the Finnish soldiers also drew a lot of great drawings. SA-kuvat

Thursday, May 23, 2013

War drawings V

During the war, the Finnish soldiers also drew a lot of great drawings. SA-kuvat

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Turunmaa 1.5.1943

Finnish gunboat Turunmaa

Turunmaa was a Finnish gunboat, built in 1918. She served in the Finnish Navy during World War II. The ship was named after Turuma, a type of frigate designed for use in shallow waters of the archipelago and served in the Swedish Archipelago fleet in the late 18th century. The frigates had in turn been named after the region of Finland.

During construction while in Russian lists (1916–1917) the ship had been named both Orlan and Tshirok. Turunmaa was built in Helsinki for the Imperial Russian Navy but was taken over by Finnish troops in the Finnish Civil War. The ship was used as a training ship for Finnish sea cadets during peacetime and was nicknamed as Surunmaa (land of sorrow)

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Ilse Werner visit to Finland

More Ilse picture 5.19.1943

Ilse Werner (née Ilse Charlotte Still, 11 July 1921 – 8 August 2005) was a Dutch-German actress and singer.

She was born in Batavia (present-day Jakarta) to a Dutch father, merchant and plantation owner, and a German mother. Werner was a Dutch citizen by birth; although she had her greatest successes in Germany, mainly during the time of the Third Reich, she did not assume German citizenship until 1955.

Arriving in Frankfurt, Germany at the age of 10, Werner's family in 1934 moved to Vienna, where she attended the Max Reinhardt Seminar drama school and gave her debut at the Theater in der Josefstadt in 1937. She later made her name at the legendary UFA Studios near Berlin. She starred in the popular wartime films "Die schwedische Nachtigall" (The Swedish Nightingale) and "Wir machen Musik" (We're Making Music). She was the hostess of a popular television show of Fernsehsender Paul Nipkow since 1941, titled "Wir senden Frohsinn - Wir spenden Freude"

Having briefly been barred from performing by the Allies at the end of World War II, due to her alleged role in Nazi propaganda, she returned to the big screen in the 1950s where she excelled in dramatic character roles.

Minelayer Ruotsinsalmi

Minelayer Ruotsinsalmi SA-kuva

Funding for two new minelayers had been secured as early as in 1937, but instead the money was used to refurbish the garrison at Mäkiluoto.

Ruotsinsalmi and her sister vessel, Riilahti, were intended as escort minesweepers for the Finnish navy's coastal defence ships Ilmarinen and Väinämöinen, and they were therefore designed with a draft of only 1.5 m. Ruotsinsalmi was armed with one 75 mm gun, one Bofors 40 mm guns and two Madsen 20 mm anti-aircraft cannons. The vessel had three mine dropping rails, and could carry about 100 mines. The ship could also hunt submarines, and was equipped with sonar, depth charge throwers and rails. The vessel was also strong enough to be able to tow mine sweeping equipment. It was equipped with smoke generators so it could protect itself and other near-by vessels from the enemy.

More photo Ruotsinsalmi minelayer

Thursday, May 16, 2013

War drawings IV

During the war, the Finnish soldiers also drew a lot of great drawings. SA-kuvat

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

War drawings III

During the war, the Finnish soldiers also drew a lot of great drawings. SA-kuvat

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Finnhorse in cover

Finnish army took good care of the horses. Still many horses died in the war.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Saturday, May 11, 2013

War drawings

During the war, the Finnish soldiers also drew a lot of great drawings. SA-kuvat

Friday, May 10, 2013

Luftvärnskanonvagn L-62 Anti II

During the battles in the summer of 1944, the Finnish tanks downed eleven Soviet aircraft and thus prevented attacks against the tank brigade

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Is anybody in there II

Giant listening horns used to listen for approaching aircraft during WWI.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Finnish aircraft

Swedish count Eric von Rosen gave the Finnish White government its second aircraft, a Thulin Typ D. Its pilot, Lieutenant Nils Kindberg, flew the aircraft to Vaasa on 6 March 1918, carrying von Rosen as a passenger. As this gift ran counter to the will of the Swedish government, and no flight permit had been given, it resulted in Kindberg receiving a 100 kronor fine for leaving the country without permission. This aircraft is considered by some to be the first aircraft of the Finnish Air Force, since the Finnish Air Force did not officially exist during the Civil War, and it was only the Red side who flew a few aircraft with the help of some Russian pilots. The von Rosen aircraft was given the designation F.1. The Finnish Air Force is one of the oldest air forces of the world – the RAF was founded as the first independent branch on 1 April 1918 and the Swedish Flygvapnet in 1925.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Bombing of Helsinki in World War II

Bombing of Helsinki in World War II (SA-kuva)

The third great raid: 26–27 February

On the evening of February 26, a single Soviet reconnaissance aircraft was spotted over the city. It was a sign of the coming attack. The weather was clear, which helped the attackers. Again the Finnish Radio Intelligence intercepted messages of the forthcoming raid, this time 1 hour and 28 minutes before the bombing would commence - although the Soviets tried to uphold radio silence.

Five minutes later, the air surveillance grid, manned by Lotta Svärd-auxiliaries reported approaching bomber craft. A silent alarm was sounded in the city in good time before the raid. Street lights were turned off, trams and trains were stopped and radio transmissions ended. In this manner, the enemy had more difficulty finding its target. All citizens knew that they had to take cover.

The first bombers were picked up by Finnish radar 25 minutes before they would arrive at approximately 18.30. A few minutes later, the night fighters took off and flew to their predesignated positions. The AA-artillery had also been alarmed. The air raid warning was sounded at 18.45. AA-batteries opened up fire at 18.53. At 19.07 the first bombs started to fall.

This last great raid differed from the two previous ones. The battle lasted for some 11 hours and was divided into three different phases: the first one was in the evening and lasted for four hours and concentrated the attacks against the city, the second one was mainly focusing on the defending AA-artillery, but to little success, the last wave hoped to finally flatten the city, but the majority of the aircraft turned away when met with fierce anti-aircraft barrages and night fighters. The all clear signal was finally sounded at about 6.30 in the morning of February 27.

Despite that this had been the most massive raid, the damages were again quite limited: 21 people were killed and 35 wounded; 59 buildings were destroyed and 135 damaged.

The heavy anti-aircraft artillery fired 14,240 shots and the light AA-artillery 4,432 shots. Nine Soviet bombers were downed.

This time 896 bombers participated in the raid on Helsinki. They dropped 5,182 bombs of which only 290 fell on the city itself.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Camp fire

The Germans and the Finns are sitting around a camp fire