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A Frozen Hell: The Russo-Finnish Winter War of 1939-1940 (original 1991; edition 2000)

by William Trotter

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Title:A Frozen Hell: The Russo-Finnish Winter War of 1939-1940
Authors:William Trotter
Info:Algonquin Books (2000), Paperback, 258 pages
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A Frozen Hell: The Russo-Finnish Winter War of 1939-40 by William Trotter (1991)

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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 platform for the coverage of the strategic and political decisions taken by both sides that ultimately, led to war. I found the account of the response of the rest of the world to the unfolding Soviet aggression particularly interesting. The majority of the content deals with the military history of the conflict and provides a very vivid picture of the conditions and suffering of the combatants involved, as well as the order of battle and tactics employed by both sides.
I found the authors style very readable but not at the expense of the intellectual rigor of the text. In my opinion, a better read than any of Beevor's offerings about the Eastern front. Highly recommended. ( )
1 vote cwhouston | Nov 20, 2010 |
Don't mess with the Finns. ( )
  mattearls | Jul 12, 2009 |
Perhaps the best reference on an amazingly influential, yet thoroughly obscure war. ( )
  dewisant | Jan 21, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 094557522X, Hardcover)

At 10:30 A.M. on November 30, 1939, a formation of Russian bombers dropped from a cloud bank to unload a salvo of bombs on Helsinki, the capital city of Finland. The Winter War was underway. Overwhelming superiority in manpower and weapons ultimately prevailed, but not before Finland had written a saga of heroic resistance. It is this too-seldom-remembered story that William R. Trotter recounts in Fire and Ice. 16 pages of photographs.

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