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The Story of Simo Häyhä, the White Death of Finland

Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine, and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth. Medium Images. Style Paintings Manuscripts.

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The White Death: History's Deadliest Sniper

In the Soviet Union attacked Finland, starting what is known as the Winter War, which lasted from November 30, to March 13, and united all elements of Finnish society in the defence of their country. Organisations representing employers and employees agreed to negotiate and cooperate. The Social Democrats encouraged their members to join the Civil Guard.

Commander-in-Chief Mannerheim cancelled the annual parade commemorating the White victory, replacing it with a day of remembrance for the fallen. Finns were willing to unify for a common cause. The Civil War brought destruction to many parts of Finland. In April , only chimneys were left standing in Tammela, an area of the central western city of Tampere.

Photo: cc by nd 4. It was the cultural reconciliation Finland had long awaited, but the process of reconciliation is never over. Even today, Mannerheim remains a divisive figure. A survey by Finnish national broadcasting company Yle shows how deeply the war affected people. Yet Finnish society values a process of law, democracy and working together for the common good. This has helped heal, as much as possible, the scars from the Civil War.

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This is something we must be able to respect, however differently we ourselves might think. June 4, marks the th anniversary of his birth. A true internationalist, he worked to build peace around the world. The 80th anniversary of the start of the Second World War is commemorated in However, after reorganization and adoption of different tactics, the renewed Soviet offensive overcame Finnish defenses at the borders. Finland then agreed to cede more territory than originally demanded by the Soviet Union in His contribution to the Winter War was remarkable.

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He would then hide in the snow, and remain hidden for long periods of time in temperatures ranging from degrees to degrees! He would then kill any Soviets who made the mistake of entering the zone where he was camping. To made himself harder to detect he only used iron sights on his rifle, instead of the scopes.

This was because scopes sometimes flashed if they were caught in the glare of the sun, which would reveal his position to the enemy.

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