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A Frozen Hell: The Russo-Finnish Winter War of 1939-1940

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Publisher Comments:

Masterfully recreates all the heroism, tragedy and drama of a campaign whose lessons deserve far more attention. --General James R. Galvin, former Supreme Allied Commander, Europe

"Mr. Trotter tells brilliantly a piece of history that needed telling." --The Washington Times

"Trotter's account is the best one yet of this unique war." --The Virginian-Pilot

This is a book of battles--savagely fought, often with great heroism on both sides, under brutal, subarctic conditions. Guerrillas on skis, heroic single-handed attacks on tanks, unfathomable endurance, and the charismatic leadership of one of this century's true military geniuses--these were the elements of Finland's short-lived victory.

For all the epic resistance of the Finns, the outcome was foreordained. Belatedly the Russians realized that an expected easy triumph over a vastly outnumbered foe had become a slaughterhouse. Incompetent commanders were replaced, more and better troops were moved into position, and orders were given to overwhelm and crush the Finns by the sheer weight of massed numbers. But even though they lost on the battlefield, the Finns's pointed resistance kept the Iron Curtain from drawing closed around their land and allowed Finland to remain free, even as other countries fell one by one.

Trotter's love for the Finns, his clear, evocative prose, and his deep knowledge of his subject combine to resurrect a fight that will never again be forgotten.

Synopsis:

The epic David and Goliath story of tiny Finland's gallant fight to overcome the military might of Russia during World War II.

Synopsis:

In 1939, tiny Finland waged war-the kind of war that spawns legends-against the mighty Soviet Union, and yet their epic struggle has been largely ignored. Guerrillas on skis, heroic single-handed attacks on tanks, unfathomable endurance, and the charismatic leadership of one of this century's true military geniuses-these are the elements of both the Finnish victory and a gripping tale of war.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 275-276) and index.

About the Author

William R. Trotter was raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, and educated at Davidson College, where he earned a B.A. in European History. He has worked as a regional music critic, a book reviewer, and a freelance historian and feature writer. Trotter has published twelve books as well as many articles--in The Independent (North Carolina), Spectator Magazine, the American Record Magazine, Film Culture, Military History Monthly, and dozens of other magazines. Since 1987, he has been a senior writer for PC Gamer Magazine. In 1995, Trotter won the Finlandia Foundation's Arts and Letters Prize for A Frozen Hell, and the book is required reading for the 2nd Marine Division. In addition, his biography of Mitropoulos, Priest of Music: The Life and Times of Dimitri Mitropoulos, was selected as one of the "ten best 'arts' books of the year" by National Public Radio, and one of his novellas has been nominated for a Bram Stoker Award. William Trotter lives with his wife and their youngest son in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Table of Contents

Illustrations

Maps

Acknowledgments

Author's Note

PART I. Onslaught and Riposte

1. The Reasons Why

2. The Baron

3. Order of Battle

4. First Blows

5. "The People's Republic of Finland"

6. The Mannerheim Line

7. The Karelian Isthmus: Round One

8. "A Stupid Butting of Heads"

PART II. Uncommon Valor: Battles in the Fourth Corps Zone

9. Tolvajarvi: The First Victory

10. The Kollaa Front: They Shall Not Pass!

11. The Mottis of General Hagglund

PART III. The White Death

12. The Winter Soldiers

13. Suomussalmi: A Military Classic

14. Mr. Mydans Visits the Kemi River

PART IV. The January Lull

15. The Air War

16. The Outside World Responds

17. The Russians Get Serious

PART V. The Storm

18. Tidal Wave

19. Breakthrough!

20. Dance of the Diplomats: Round One

21. Fighting for Time

22. Dance of the Diplomats: Round Two

23. Time Runs Out

24. Aftershocks

Chronology

Notes on the Sources

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781565122499
Subtitle:
The Russo-Finnish Winter War of 1939-1940
Author:
Trotter, William R.
Author:
Trotter, William
Publisher:
Algonquin Books
Location:
Chapel Hill, N.C. :
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
History
Subject:
Europe - Scandinavia
Subject:
Russia (pre & post Soviet Union)
Subject:
Soviet Union
Subject:
Scandinavia
Subject:
Russo-Finnish War, 19
Subject:
Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Subject:
History-Europe - Scandinavia
Subject:
HISTORY / Europe / Russia and the Former Soviet Union
Subject:
Military-World War II General
Subject:
History-Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series Volume:
6001
Publication Date:
20000101
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
285
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.94 in 1 lb

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In 1939, tiny Finland waged war-the kind of war that spawns legends-against the mighty Soviet Union, and yet their epic struggle has been largely ignored. Guerrillas on skis, heroic single-handed attacks on tanks, unfathomable endurance, and the charismatic leadership of one of this century's true military geniuses-these are the elements of both the Finnish victory and a gripping tale of war.
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