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1. email@example.com 2. Palle Rasmussen <palle.rasmussen@GMAIL.COM> -----Message from: firstname.lastname@example.org----- With this paragraph, indication is given, the Russo-Finnish winter war was most famous from WW II ? Would like to mention here, the History Channel did a special on WW II, which showed original films from the Soviet defense of Moscow against Germany. Called 'Operation Barbarossa', it demonstrated the first effective use of winter war troops by the Soviets, in stopping and driving the German invasion back and eventually out of Russia. These winter films can suggest this was the most famous ? It also tells the story of these troops from the Soviet Far East sent to Moscow, as one division of winter troops from the potential front against Japan. Specially trained as winter war troops, it would be worth considering in greater detail. I believe it was titled the 41st Division, from the film. Wyatt Reader But the most famous winter campaign after all is the Russo-Finnish War 1939/40 where the Finns really showed how proper adaptation gave the otherwise underdog the upper hand. Without going into details, the battle for Suomussalmis may be especially mentioned. The mechanized Soviets were bound to the roads and they had only one brigade of skitroops in the entire theater. The basic Finnish tactics was called "motti" - literally a pile of uncut firewood. A armored column was stopped at a road block and then skitroops would conduct hit and run attacks, chopping it into pieces that were surrounded and annihilated. email@example.com -----Message from: Palle Rasmussen <palle.rasmussen@GMAIL.COM>----- Being Norwegian it is no wonder Frode Lindgjerdet knows what he is talking about. He is right on spot and you will find few better winter soldiers than in Finland, Norway and Sweden. I suspect one could learn much by studying the individual exploits of Finnish soldiers in that war. The most remarkable was probably Simo Häyhä, who has at least one biography, Tapio A.M. Saarelainen: "Simo Häyhä : the sniper", Tampere : Apali, 2008, ISBN 978-952-5026-74-0<http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:BookSources/9789525026740> . I have not read it yet, but there is no doubt to my mind that Simo had the "*Sissu*" that ensures survival in extreme temperatures, a place where the climate will often do your killing for you. As an example, the Finns often struck the field kitchens of "*Mottis*" then left the cold to do its work, with no (hot) food the situation would quickly become desperate for the Red army soldiers. An example of a tactic especially adapted for extreme winter fighting. Best wishes, Rasmussen, Palle, ma. hist., independent scholar Palle Rasmussen <palle.rasmussen@GMAIL.COM> ----- For subscription help, go to: http://www.h-net.org/lists/help/ To change your subscription settings, go to http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=h-war -----