Academic journal article Military Review

Stalin and the Soviet-Finnish War, 1939-1940

Academic journal article Military Review

Stalin and the Soviet-Finnish War, 1939-1940

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Alexander O. Chubaryan and Harold Shuklman, eds., Frank Cass, London. Distributed by ISBS, Portland OR, 2002, 301 pages, $80.00.

Before the Germans invaded the Soviet Union in 1941, the Soviets fought a war with the Finns that lasted from the winter of 1939 to the spring of 1940. The war, called the Winter War by the Finns, was on the whole unsuccessful for the Soviets in relation to the aims they espoused before its outset. The Soviet's goal was the annexation of the majority of Finland, predicated on Stalin's belief in the need for a cordon sanitaire. At the conclusion of the war, however, only a section of the Karelian Isthmus had been successfully negotiated by treaty.

Stalin and the Soviet-Finnish War, 1939-1940, is a transcription of a series of after-action meetings held in Moscow in April 1940 and attended by most of the major commanders involved in the war. The book includes a short introduction to the Soviet-Finnish War, the after-action meeting transcriptions, a list of the participants with short biographies, and a few relevant maps. …

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