The Soviet-Finnish war was made difficult by the lack of winter shoes for both armies.

The Soviet-Finnish war was made difficult by the lack of winter shoes for both armies.



The Red Army, as is known from stories, It suffered during the Soviet-Finnish war, which preceded the Great Patriotic War. Besides the fact that the fighters prevented the fighters from moving fast into Finland, the bitter cold did not add enthusiasm.

Surprisingly, the Finns themselves suffered from low temperatures no less than the Russians. Finnish soldiers were also not given enough warm clothes, and winter shoes also far from every soldier was available.

One of the veterans of that war, Mr. Perttula, recalls how he was sent to the so-called Mannerheim Line. According to him, the Finnish soldiers fought, in what they did, because the military department did not have enough means to equip each fighter. Even the rifle was sometimes given out, according to Pentti Perttula’s recollection, one for three or four. Even untried youths were sent to fight - ordinary Finnish schoolchildren.

Parts of the Finnish army were sent to the front as if the state decided not to care about the outcome of the battle and the fate of their defenders.

The guys, many of whom were not even sixteen, were carrying heavy machine guns on themselves, because there were no sleighs, or even ordinary drags, to transport them. At the same time, the young fighters sank to the waist in the snow, and their legs were stiff so fast that they had to constantly stop and rub them with their hands. This is understandable: when ordinary rag shoes are on your feet, and on the street everything is 30 Celsius, you will not be able to fight here.

When the first blows of the Red Army followed, the Finnish units thought that the end would come to them in a week or two. In fairness, it must be said that the leadership of the Soviet Union saw the war stretched a maximum of a couple of weeks. But everything turned out quite differently.

At the same time, soldiers on both sides of the front died not so much under enemy bullets as from frostbite and overwork. Suffice it to say that the elite division of the Finnish army - the fourth Jaeger battalion was completely shod with ski boots. You can imagine how the feet of the soldiers froze when they went out at 40 degrees below zero. More fortunate for those who got boots. It was believed that if you got these shoes, then you are already a winner. In boots and in the battle went already with a completely different mood.

Agree, this information hardly fits with our stereotypes about Finland. Prior to receiving such information, it seemed to the majority of Russians that the Finns were superbly equipped fighters who are not afraid of either snow or frost. However, in reality, the 1939-1940 turned out quite differently.
It is possible that the names of the war and influenced the attitude of the Finnish leadership to their fighters. Since then, we have been talking about Finnish winter shoes as the benchmark for quality, reliability and warmth. Today, to buy Finnish shoes for the winter means to solve the main problems with the cold for your feet.

As usual, any nation (not only we, Russians) have to sip their heads before creating truly viable models of technology, weapons and even shoes. The Finnish War is a prime example.
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  1. Uhalus 2 October 2011 18: 25 New
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    The Finnish war was terrible, but it really led to a very serious reform of the supply chain and honey. serving the Soviet Army. That is why in December 41, near Moscow, we were freezing, but not quite deadly, unlike the Germans, for whom the "ingenious" Fuhrer did not even prepare winter clothes. V. Suvorov has his details in the book “Suicide” (I know that a traitor, I treat him very negatively, but he is too much right, you bastard).
  2. kosmos84 2 October 2011 20: 51 New
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    My great-grandfather went through this war as a WINNER in his 19 years (he died in November 41 near Moscow). Our ancestors of the mid-20 century were winners !!!!!!!!!!
  3. irony
    irony 2 October 2011 21: 10 New
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    Frosts, which are spoken about everywhere when they start talking about the Winter War, are a kind of excuse why they did not win in the allotted two weeks. I came across combat reports for October-November 1940, so the frost in these months only began by the end of November. And the mentioned -30, came only after the New Year. By that time, our troops had practically broken the Finnish resistance. It is very beneficial to justify failures by climatic conditions rather than miscalculations. Almost all divisions were commanded by yesterday's com. battalions, the result of purges. Hence the grossest errors. What is characteristic, by 1941, in the troops stationed in Karelia, there were winter uniforms 200% higher than the normative. Partisans throughout the war did not feel the need for it.
    1. kosmos84 2 October 2011 21: 24 New
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      In the winter, I worked 2008-2009 in 100 km from Vorkuta, and I didn’t freeze -50
      1. irony
        irony 3 October 2011 00: 39 New
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        My father was on an expedition on the Angara. He also said that they did not notice there - 30. But in Karelia -30 is another thing. Humidity is higher. I myself am from Karelia, I know what I'm talking about.
  4. Priest
    Priest 3 October 2011 00: 18 New
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    4 people entered the conversation (so I won’t repeat myself) there was no war - there was a winter company (not prepared and not organized)
    kosmos84 - I take off my hat to my grandfather knee-deep, I'm sorry, but I apologize to the others: but my opinion is not based on my great-grandfathers, but on my grandfathers: one died in a Finnish company, the other (having passed and the great Russian) told a lot. (as always the truth is different) - as a rule - comfortable (however, we "eat what we are given").
    1. irony
      irony 3 October 2011 00: 35 New
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      I agree. I heard about that war from my grandmother. Käsnaselka is located 20 km from the village where she lived. Now there is our cottage. Her father went through that campaign. I didn’t hear from the frost about it. Here in the 41st, in her words, the winter was early and severe.
  5. Head Physician 30 October 2017 21: 35 New
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    Kindergarten senior group
    In the title - the content of the article is disclosed
    Why, then, the text of the article?