Vyborg 1944

The Last Soviet-Finnish Campaign on the Eastern Front

Bair Irincheev

The first extensive English-language description of the Vyborg Offensive undertaken in summer 1944 by the Leningrad Front against Finland.
Date Published :
November 2020
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Illustration :
64 b/w photographs, 7 color maps
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781912390274
Pages : 278
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : Available


The war between the Soviet Union and Finland during 1941-44 is much less known in the West and in Russia than the Winter War 1939-40. For Finland, the "Continuation War" is one of cornerstones of national identity. The consequent Vyborg offensive, the battle that ended this conflict is, however, viewed very differently in Russian and Finnish war literature.

In this new campaign study, author Bair Irincheev provides an extensive description of the offensive build-up and course of the fighting as well as the diplomatic games that lay behind it. Furthermore, the author provides not only the relevant statistics, but also personal recollections by those who were there. Based on extensive archival research in Russia and Finland, as well as numerous trips to the actual battlefields, Vyborg 1944 concludes with coverage of the armistice between the Soviet Union and Great Britain on one side and Finland on the another.

About The Author

Bair Irincheev was born in Leningrad in 1944. He completed his studies at St. Petersburg University and Stockholm University. He is an author specializing in North European studies with a primary focus on conflicts between the USSR and Finland in the 20th century. His previous publications include the studies on the Winter War, Finnish fortifications and the history of the Karelian Isthmus and Vyborg. He also manages a local Vyborg war museum.


"...the author constructs a good mix of personal accounts and archive material from both sides, supported by high quality photographs and tables of Soviet equipment holdings. […] Overall – a good account of an interesting campaign."

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