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Medal of Liberty 2nd Class 1941

Posted in 1939-1945 Service Medals with tags , on May 2, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_Finland.svgThe front of this Finland medal has the words “Urheudesta För Tapperhet” which means “For Valour”. This medal was awarded to NCO’s and other ranks for service to the state as well as on the occasion of their wounding.

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The Commemorative Medal of the Winter War 1939-40

Posted in 1939-1945 Service Medals with tags , , on May 2, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_Finland.svgThis Finland medal is awarded for service in the war against the Soviet Union in 1939 and 1940. The war started out well for Finland when she was able to use her terrain and the Mannerheim Line of fortifications to blunt and in places, slaughter the Soviet invaders. Eventually the weight of numbers told and Finland was forced to seek peace. There are a lot of bars for this medal, mostly regional. Only one bar could be awarded per medal.

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Ensconced in the snow, his white camouflage suit rendering him invisible to the invading Soviet soldiers he stalked, Simo Häyhä steadied himself to fire. During the 1939–1940 Winter War, in temperatures as low as –40 °C, the Finnish sniper undertook a killing spree that saw him single-handedly take the lives of at least 700 men in less than 100 days. Over 500 of these he shot using a standard, bolt-action rifle with non-telescopic sights. Is it any wonder he earned the nickname White Death among his enemies? Meet the man who would take Rambo to the cleaners.

Ensconced in the snow, his white camouflage suit rendering him invisible to the invading Soviet soldiers he stalked, Simo Häyhä steadied himself to fire. During the 1939–1940 Winter War, in temperatures as low as –40 °C, the Finnish sniper undertook a killing spree that saw him single-handedly take the lives of at least 700 men in less than 100 days. Over 500 of these he shot using a standard, bolt-action rifle with non-telescopic sights. Is it any wonder he earned the nickname White Death among his enemies? Meet the man who would take Rambo to the cleaners.

The Commemorative Medal of the Continuation War 1941-45

Posted in 1939-1945 Service Medals with tags , on May 1, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_Finland.svgThis medal was instituted in 1957 and came in two varieties, one in Swedish for the Swedish volunteers and one in Finnish. The Continuation War was how the Finns described their war against the Soviets in 1941, in concert with the Germans. The continuation part refers to the Winter War between Finland and the USSR in 1940.

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