Hitler’s Nordic Ally?

Finland and the Total War 1939 - 1945

Claes Johansen

Date Published :
March 2016
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781473853140
Pages : 272
Dimensions : 9.21 X 6.14 inches
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Finland was the only nation with an elected and democratic government to fight on the German side in WWII. Despite being small, poorly armed and made up of conscripts, the Finnish army was probably the most effective fighting force at the time, managing with practically no outside help to keep the mighty Red Army at bay for more than three months during the Winter War of 1939-40.

In 1944, the devastating Soviet mass attack against the Finnish army involved the largest artillery assault of the entire WWII theater of operations up until this point. Nevertheless, the Finns eventually managed to halt the attack.

Most English books on Finland in WWII concentrate on the brief Winter War and make very little mention of the country’s involvement in the remainder of the war, where it fought for more than three years alongside the Germans against the Soviet Union, and later against Germany in the Lapland War.

This book examines this extremely important, highly dramatic and often overlooked and misunderstood chapter of WWII to a broad, English-reading audience. Building on the latest historical research, Claes Johansen’s ground-breaking work explains how the Finnish war effort was planned and executed, how it was connected to the overall events of the era, and how the waging of a total war can affect a modern democratic society militarily, politically, diplomatically and on various levels of civilian life.

About The Author

Born in Copenhagen in 1957, Claes Johansen is the author of 35 published books, many of them historical novels. He completed his national service in the Danish army in 1977 and later qualified as teacher. Since 1992 he has been working full-time as a bilingual writer in English and Danish.


“The author is a former Danish Army soldier himself, as well as a novelist and teacher, all of which helped him craft the present superb volume – which is factual, well written, and ably illustrated… The author superbly relates this entire amazing combat saga with informative text plus an outstanding photo selection in a work that you won’t want to miss!”

- The Military Advisor, Winter 2016/2017

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