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  • March 13 - End of the Winter War

    Two lines

    Alexander Tvardovsky

    Two lines out of a worn-down notebook
    About a young kid-soldier
    Who was killed in the year of nineteen fourty
    Upon the Finnish ice

    His little body, fitting for a child,
    Was sprawling clumsily. His overcoat
    Was pressed to the ice by frost,
    His cap was far away.
    It seemed like the boy had never fallen,
    He was still running, but the ice
    Grabbed him hard by the coat's flap.

    In the midst of a big and cruel war,
    Why - I can fathom naught -
    I'm feeling pity for that distant fate,
    As if so dead and so lonely,
    As if it's me who's lying prone,
    So little, frozen and slaughtered
    In that war of no renown,
    It is me lying, little and forgotten.

    1943

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    Siege of Leningrad battlefield tour

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    Vyborg, now and then. A new film by Sergey Larenkov

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    Siege of Leningrad battlefield tour

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    • #3
      Color film shots taken at the end of the Winter War and during Interim Peace.

      http://www.iltasanomat.fi/videot/Sot...371162828.html
      1. Evacuees at Northern Finland.
      2. Finnish airliner Kaleva at Malmi Airport before it was shot down by Soviet DB-3s some months later.
      3. Streets of Helsinki in Spring 1941 before the Continuation War.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Martti Kujansuu View Post
        Color film shots taken at the end of the Winter War and during Interim Peace.

        http://www.iltasanomat.fi/videot/Sot...371162828.html
        1. Evacuees at Northern Finland.
        2. Finnish airliner Kaleva at Malmi Airport before it was shot down by Soviet DB-3s some months later.
        3. Streets of Helsinki in Spring 1941 before the Continuation War.
        Great, I didn't know there was colour film in Finland in 1940. At the time is was used very sparingly and it's unusual to see such "ordinary" events captured on it.
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        Siege of Leningrad battlefield tour

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        • #5
          Originally posted by ShAA View Post
          Great, I didn't know there was colour film in Finland in 1940. At the time is was used very sparingly and it's unusual to see such "ordinary" events captured on it.
          These films are the only ones shot in Finland before 1941. To my knowledge the first scene was shot by Swedish volunteer ambulance unit; they also took colour photographs. Finnish Defence Forces received its first batch of colour film, both still and moving, in 1941. There are at least two sets of colour photographs taken in Finland before the Winter War, one by Hans Wagner from Germany in summer 1939 and one by a woman from United States who's name I can not recall.

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