Thought for the day

"Arms are the only true badges of liberty.  The possession of arms is the distinction of a free man from a slave." -- Andrew Fletcher 1698

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Finnish defenders sometimes, though very rarely, took fallen Russian soldiers and raised them upright in a form of psychological warfare. Although rare, some cases have been documented.

 

Ordinary Russian soldiers and Finnish soldiers had great respect for the dead and would allow both sides to peacefully retrieve and bury their dead and for such occasions an immediate ceasefire.

 

Each side also buried the opposing side's dead, leaving a stick on the ground marking the burial site and leaving all tags intact to identify the dead.

 

The Soviet Union demanded that the Finns move the border between the USSR and Finland 25 kilometers past Leningrad and grant them a 30-year lease on the Hanko Peninsula for the construction of a naval base. The ultimate goal was to create a buffer zone around Leningrad. The Finnish refused and thus the Winter War began.