Finnish Military Effectiveness in the Winter War, 1939-1940

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Springer, 25.06.2016 - 266 Seiten
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This book analyzes the multi-faceted phenomenon of Finnish military effectiveness in the Winter War (1939–40). Drawing on a wide array of primary and secondary sources, Pasi Tuunainen shows how by focusing on their own strengths and pitting these against the weaknesses of their adversary, the Finns were able to inflict heavy casualties on the Red Army whilst minimizing their own losses. The Finns were able to use their resources for effective operational purposes, and perform almost to their full potential. The Finnish small-unit tactics utilized the terrain and Arctic conditions for which they had prepared themselves, as well as forming cohesive units of well-motivated and qualitatively better professional leaders and citizen soldiers who could innovate and adapt. The Finnish Army had highly effective logistics, support and supply systems that kept the troops fighting.

 

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Inhalt

Introduction Understanding Military Effectiveness
1
The Origins of Political and Strategic Effectiveness
51
The Roots of Operational and Tactical Effectiveness
83
Professional Leaders and Citizen Soldiers as an Effective Fighting Force
135
The Logistics and Maintenance of Effectiveness
171
Conclusion The Sources of Finnish Military Effectiveness
193
Appendix I Criteria for Assessing Military Effectiveness and a Grading of the Finnish Armys Performance in the Winter War
209
Bibliography
213
Sota ja tiedustelupäiväkirjat
214
Risto Rytin arkisto
215
Statistics
218
Periodicals
243
IV Internet
244
Index
245
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Über den Autor (2016)

Pasi Tuunainen is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Eastern Finland. He has previously published on the Vietnam War, the Finnish art of war, and Arctic warfare. He has been awarded three research prizes for the monographs he has authored.

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