Finnish Defence Forces WWII Journal #10 (Summer-Autumn 1941)

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Sound Recording The splendid results of our
war efforts stem partly from — the excellence of our Army and partly from — the better armament that better
meets the requirements of modern warfare. In particular the great striking
force of our artillery has been noted. Railway guns are an interesting
peculiarity of this Branch. [Shown is a Finnish-made 152/45 CRaut
152 mm coastal-gun based solution] Death and destruction are on their way
over some 20 kilometers away — accurately hitting their intended target
within the enemy forces. And here’s the result — the smashed railway engines and
carriages for their part — testify to the destructive force of
the Finnish artillery. The accurate strikes
have strewn these heavy locos — resting sorry along the railway. The enemy has already lost
scores of railway material — to our bombs and grenades.
[In reality by some German Stukas] Indeed they now are the final resting
places of these trains. But the war is not always destructive —
it may also be repairing what
has been annihilated. Across all the front lines — the hoe will follow right after the sword. This railway building is
in the remote Kiestinki area During the attack
it has been necessary to — also destroy some of the railway line.
[The Russians in reality did it] And now it needs quickly to be
restored to functionality — so that our army’s huge supply could function. Our Finnish Engineering troops have
during the war — again and again — received fame and recognition — from all their varied operations. These railway repair troops are a proud
representative of them. When the Finnish perseverance and effort — is combined with the professional skill
and the military discipline — the result will be so lively a railway building — that us slow ones need
a draisine to match their building speed ! [German troops operated here
on the northern front with the Finnish] The work is now done.
The railway is once again operational — and the repairs group will move on
to finding their next target. At the front General Hägglund
inspects his victorious troops — meeting Col. Paalu at the H.Q. The General was shown an exemplary sauna building — that received its first bathers
a mere four hours after the building was begun! Villages such as this one — will be encountered by our reporters in Aunus. The sights are pictoresque enough — but it seems to us a kind of anxiety and depression
still dwells about the gray buildings — after the Bolshevik rule. POST
TELEGRAPH Only the children and the elderly
have been left in their homes — with a handful of mothers not
willing to leave. The “Last Communist” of the village
is seen strolling proudly — in the seemingly empty main street. The people left behind are working hard
in the fields — securing the harvest. Within the villagers — we can see a number of
prisoners of war — which will be put working hard as soon as possible. Each one, according to their strength and condition, — will be working to compensate for at least — some of the destruction caused by — the senseless Bolshevik leaders. We now move on to the Karelian Isthmus — the famous scene of the battles that shook the world. Our troops are conquering the village
and the barracks of Kiviniemi. The former Finnish garrison building
was captured intact by our troops.
[Looks very staged] Once again it will be housing
the gray heroes of our troops small in numbers
but even larger in fame. The enemy had caused much destruction
in the Saimaa Canal. In its blind fury it has detonated
the newly-built locks. These sights around Pälli — are again some convincing evidence — on that “high level of the culture” — that comrade Stalin is pushing to the world. For these fighting troops from this
culture in some countries — the Lord’s high blessing is now wished upon! [This semi-insult referred to England and
the Archbishop of Canterbury] The cannons fire at the river Vuoksi.
River Vuoksi is fought over again. While the grenades are softening the enemy,
our troops are — approaching the mighty river. They are determined to cross it,
and to cross it they will. The enemy will have to retreat. It will not stand the haste from
the “slow” Finns. Before the retreat, the enemy found the time
to explode its mighty concrete bunkers.
[actually those are old Finnish bunkers] No shortage of explosive materials here
for the demolition of these giant slabs of concrete! Some royal busting that must have been then! Onwards with the columns moving over the Isthmus! Again and again onwards towards the river Vuoksi! The first of our troops have
already fought their way across it. The Engineers have been ready to
build their pontoon bridges. It will be like the highway for our troops. The endless ranks of the Finnish troops,
accustomed to winning their battles. One Service after another.
groups, platoons, companies
batallions, regiments, divisions — all rushing toward the East — like floodwater that has burst its dam. And this flood will clear everything
on its way! Colonel Pajari is seen following up
on the progress of his lads. He is pleased with them —
and they are pleased with him! It’s the Finnish soldiers again on
the beloved soil of the Isthmus! It has been redeemed with blood,
and rejoined with the fatherland! The other side of the medal —
it looks like this. The name of Sommee was written
on this pile of equipment. If this was indeed “organized retreat”,
as some [foreign] radio stations claim — we just wonder what a “fleeing” would have looked like! Not all items of equipment
were quite properly placed when retreating… Having neighbours may become handy sometimes! At the wheels of their own equipment
they’re helping us — with the clearing up of this motti
supply of our new equipment at Porlammi. And they seem not too unhappy at it either! Like in the wild steppes of yore — these hundreds of enemy horses
are now on the Karelian pastures.
[Actual number surviving was 4,500] Most of them will be suitable for the constructive work– if only the reins are held by the proper men. Here are the workmen — parts of the battalion of major Savolahti — who finally cleaned up this enormous motti. But there remains still work to be done — the columns are heading further and further eastwards. Meanwhile, the professionals are repairing — captured equipment to use. From the lowly rifle to
the sophisticated precision equipment — everything is being reclaimed. The huge pileup of guns is waiting to be processed — this time operating to a very different tune. “TO MAINILA” This is one of those very different tunes. The infamous Mainila shots — that PM Molotov claimed were shot
by the Finns to the Soviet Union on
November 26th, 1939 — were now shot for real with
some forceful intent on August 31st, 1941. There was a delay of some two years
but we hope the valued customer will not mind!

5 thoughts on “Finnish Defence Forces WWII Journal #10 (Summer-Autumn 1941)

  1. Mannerheim wanted to stop at the old border he understood the force of Soviet resources and that the germans would be lost in the borderless Soviet union. He had worked as a field marchal for the russian empire and knew the strength of the russian troops who never can be underestimated.

  2. Death and destruction can´t be positiv results they are terrible results of the efforts and effectiv finnish soldiers but it was in vain and as the US was on Stalins side it was doomed and communism won over democracy and Finland was forced to obey Stalin and eastern Europe fell under the worst dictator in the history Josef Stalin and don´t forget all the slavs and other soviet people were under NKVD the totally insane institution which could kill anyone.

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