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C.G. E. Mannerheim: The Marshall of Finland


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ISBN 10: 9519221263 / ISBN 13: 9789519221267
Published by Recallmed, 1989
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Text in English, Finnish, and Swedish. FINE IN NEAR-FINE DUST JACKET. Uncommon. Bookseller Inventory # 20379

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Title: C.G. E. Mannerheim: The Marshall of Finland

Publisher: Recallmed

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hard Cover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First Edition, First printing

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C.G.E. Mannerheim charted the course of Finnish history and was voted greatest Finn of all time. The news that an exhibition on the life of Mannerheim, former supreme commander of the Finnish army and thereafter president of Finland, had opened at the State Hermitage in St Petersburg may have seemed puzzling for many who know who Mannerheim was. Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim became the symbol of the Finnish struggle against Soviet Russia during the Winter War of 1939-1940. He was hailed as a champion of liberty throughout the western world during those 105 days of stubborn resistance against a vastly superior enemy. This was not the first time that the stately representative of Finland's Swedish-speaking aristocracy had been the supreme commander in a war against Russia. The War of Liberation in 1918 - later also called the Civil War - had been fought against Soviet Russia and against its allies, the Finnish "Reds". And the Winter War was not the last war in which Mannerheim fought against Russia. The period of combat known as the Continuation War, 1941 to1944, during which German forces fought alongside the Finnish army, was even more exacting for Finland and Russia than the Winter War had been. Moreover, in the Continuation War, Finnish forces even advanced into Russian territory with the intention of annexing Eastern Karelia, a region which had never belonged to Finland. Admittedly, Finnish policy towards the Russians and Finland's methods of warfare substantially differed from those of the Germans. Finland declined to launch a ground attack on Leningrad or even to bomb it, despite German pressure to do so. It is not, after all, in any way unnatural that both Finns and Russians have rediscovered their own Mannerheim, now that communism has passed. In life, Mannerheim was always a leader who came between Finland and the Soviet Union. In death, he is a figure who brings together Finns and Russians.

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Text: English, Finnish, Swedish

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