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

Algonquin Books, 13 jun. 2013 - 285 pagina's
The true story of the battle between Finland and Russia that erupted at the dawn of World War II.
On a November morning in 1939, Soviet bombers began attacking Helsinki, Finland. In the weeks that followed, the tiny Baltic republic would wage a war—the kind of war that spawns legends—against the mighty Soviet Union, which was desperate for a buffer against Nazi Germany.
With “a well-balanced blend of narrative and analysis,” historian William R. Trotter tells the story of guerrillas on skis; heroic, single-handed attacks on tanks; unfathomable endurance; and the charismatic leadership of one of the twentieth century’s true military geniuses (Library Journal). This little-known but dramatic battle would be decisive in Finland’s fight to maintain its independence—and A Frozen Hell brings it to fascinating life.
Winner of the Finlandia Foundation Award for Arts and Letters
“We will not often find a book written with such authority as this one.” —The New York Times Book Review

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Gebruikersrecensie  - ikeman100 - LibraryThing

Very interesting book about a little known piece of history. In 1939 Stalin and Hitler agreed to divide up Poland and Russia took the Baltic countries. A democratic Finland was next on the Stalin's ... Volledige review lezen

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Gebruikersrecensie  - cwhouston - LibraryThing

This is a very interesting book about a conflict which today is little remembered outside Finland. The opening chapters present a 'potted' history of Finland up until WWII, which then serve as a ... Volledige review lezen

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PARTI Onslaught and Riposte
The Baron
Order of Battle
First Blows
The Peoples Republic of Finland
The Mannerheim Line
The Air
The Outside World Responds
The Russians Get Serious
The Storm
Tidal Wave
Fighting for Time

A Stupid Butting of Heads
Battles in the Fourth Corps
They Shall Not Pass
The Mottis of General Hägglund
The White Death
A Military Classic
Mr Mydans Visits the Kemi River
The January Lull
Time Runs
Notes on the Sources

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Over de auteur (2013)

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.

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