Why did the change occur?
Where will we bury them all? In AugustStalin and Hitler executed a nonaggression pact essentially giving Stalin a free hand in the Baltic States and Bessarabia, the region around modern-day Moldova encompassing parts of Ukraine and Romania.
Finland, a nation of 3. A Drawn-out Slugfest The Red Army had more than one million soldiers already deployed on its borders; Finland, prior to mobilization, had just 33, Soviet paratroopers tumble out of a Tupolev TB Finland shot down at least one of the transport-bomber aircraft early in the war, along with dozens of other bombers.
Fortunately, they wielded an excellent Finnish-made submachine gun, giving them withering close-combat firepower. As its namesake soberly reflected, "The Mannerheim Line is the Finnish soldier standing in the snow. His jest soon proved grimly prophetic. Stalin launched all-out war on Nov.
The Soviet Navy prowled the coast. Aloft, VVS fighters and bombers struck at ports, cities, and installations. Staff map by Zaur Eylanbekov But the offensive quickly degenerated into a drawn-out slugfest, with the thrust into central Finland ending in a grim landscape of abandoned vehicles and frozen, snow-covered corpses.
Everywhere white-clad Finnish snipers took a deadly toll, as did ski troops, attacking swiftly out of the woods with submachine guns, grenades, and tank-destroying Molotov cocktails. But nowhere did the Finns fight more tenaciously than in the air.
Finland established an air service inwhen a group of adventurers joined its fight against the Bolsheviks. Inthe air service became the Ilmavoimat, the Air Force.
But it was inadequately supported by the Army and Navy traditionalists who dominated the general staff and who selected Army- and maritime-centric leaders to run it.
On the positive side, Finnish airmen became masters of making do, operating under rough conditions, even in the frozen tundra and wastes of the high Arctic. They developed portable shelters and heating for exposed aircraft; mobile logistical support to enable austere operations; and thorough unit-level maintenance.
But it needed more fighters. Lundqvist, an artillery officer turned air commander. His predilection for bombers and maritime patrol constrained Finnish fighter modernization at a time when world fighter design was evolving rapidly.
Frustrated fighter advocates saw numerous opportunities missed to secure better, more advanced, aircraft that, in retrospect, could have dramatically affected the Winter War. Thus, inthe obsolete Fokkers constituted the front line of Finnish air defense, even though they only had an armament of four 7.
Still, they were fast enough to intercept most bombers and were potentially deadly opponents if flown by skilled pilots. Richard Julius Lorentz and Capt. It was a time when his pilots took pride in flying a tight three-ship Royal Air Force-inspired V-shaped arrowhead.
But Lorentz realized it limited effectiveness and increased vulnerability.
Setting the Stage for Defense Instead, he made an element of two fighters, leader and wingman, the basic formation. He stressed mutual protection, gunnery, use of radio in aircraft and ground observer networks, and exploiting signals intelligence. His initiatives created a crude command and control system, with radar being unavailable to Finland at the time of the Winter War.
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