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Old 03-15-2016, 01:41 AM   #1
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Default Continuation War, day by day.

"The Continuation War refers to the hostilities between Finland and the Soviet Union during the Second World War, from 1941 to 1944."
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Lots of things to cover during the Interim Peace time, so let's get to it.

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March 1940

14/03

Blackout regulations end.

All available trains and trucks are to be used to help evacuate people from the lost territories.

President Kallio gives radio speech praising Mannerheim.

15/03

Moscow Peace Treaty is ratified by the Finnish parliament.

Last sections of Viipuri are evacuated.

20/03

USSR news agency TASS informs that any possible defense alliance between the nordic countries would be seen as anti-Soviet Union and against the Moscow Peace Treaty.

22/03

Russian troops who had been encircled in Kuhmo at the end of the war retreat back to USSR side of the border.

At midnight, control of Hanko peninsula is turned over to the Russians.

23/03

Planning meeting for the new defensive line, the so called "Salpa-line" is held in Inkilä. Mannerheim and five generals take part in the planning.

24/03

Finns start to build fortified lines on the Finnish side of Hanko peninsula.

26/03

Finnish army completes the withdrawal to the new border as Värtsilä and Maaselkä are emptied.

27/03

Mannerheim continues in his role as the Commander-in-Chief of the Finnish Army.

29/03

Russian foreign minister Molotov warns the nordic countries that USSR would not allow a nordic defense alliance to be formed.

30/03

National aid collection for Finland in Sweden crosses 33 million krona.

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April 1940

03/04

Interior Ministry says it will cover the expenses of anyone who wants to move to Finland from the lost territory in the next two weeks time.

10/04

Russian troops left in Petsamo cross the border back to their side.

16/04

Release of POWs begins. Finland releases 792 POWs, USSR 107.

20/04

The Karelian Union is formed to help the evacuees.

23/04


Olympic games, which were to be held in Helsinki are cancelled.

24/04


Ministry of Education announces that schools will open again in September.

26/04

Finnish government decides to continue war time censorship.

29/04

New border agreement between Finland and USSR is signed in Moscow.

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I take my flat cap off to you Dowly, really looking forward to this one and I'm sure you will do a great job with it just like your last one.
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Old 03-15-2016, 02:42 PM   #4
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I take my flat cap off to you Dowly, really looking forward to this one and I'm sure you will do a great job with it just like your last one.
I'll try!

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May 1940

14/05

J.K. Paasikivi writes in his report from Moscow that USSR does not appear to pursue any more claims from Finland. They are content with the Moscow Peace Treaty.

16/05

The President awards Mannerheim with the Cross of Liberty 1st Class.

19/05

The fallen Heroes of the Winter War are honored on this day of Unity and Remembrance. (Simply "Remembrance Day" today)

21-25/05

Finnish General Leonard Grandell is in Germany to negotiate the purchase of armaments.

22/05

Finland-Soviet Union Peace and Friendship Society is formed. (Pro-Communist propaganda group)

25/05

USSR returns over thousand civilians who were captured in the "Hyrsylä bend" area during the Winter War.


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Way to go Teemu
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Great job Dowly, thank you.
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September 1940

03/09

Finland finishes demilitarization of the Åland Islands.

5/09

University of Helsinki celebrates its 300th anniversary.

06/09

Finland and Soviet Union sign a transit agreement allowing transport of Russian personnel and hardware to/from Hanko Peninsula via Finnish territory.

12/09

Details of the proposed transit agreement between Finland and Germany are agreed on.

Arriving German ships will use ports of Vaasa and Oulu.

21/09

German troop transport ships arrive to Vaasa.

22/09

Transit agreement between Finland and Germany is signed.

26/09

War materiel shipments from Germany to Finland begin.
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26/09

War materiel shipments from Germany to Finland begin.
Interesting.

Was Finland in the loop about Hitler's Barbarossa plans?
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Interesting.

Was Finland in the loop about Hitler's Barbarossa plans?
Not at this point, no.

(Just to clarify, these weapons were for the Finnish Army.)
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Not at this point, no.

(Just to clarify, these weapons were for the Finnish Army.)
It make me wonder if Germany was thinking long term and hoping Fins would join them. Just like Germany helping Franco out in Spain who as we know refused to join the war in the East but allowed volunteers to go on the condition they only fight in Russia.
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Old 03-17-2016, 12:47 PM   #11
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It make me wonder if Germany was thinking long term and hoping Fins would join them.
Oh, most definitely. Finland is the one who started building better relations with Germany after the Winter War. At some point, Germany then started to see Finland as a possible guard of the northern flank for the planned Operation Barbarossa.

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7 April 1941

Turku Court of Appeals upholds City Court's order to disband the 'Finland-Soviet Union Peace and Friendship Society'.
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16 April 1941

Chief of the newspaper office of the General Headquarters Kalle Lehmus travels to Berlin to visit Third Reich's propaganda ministry.
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21 April 1941

General Headquarters confirms the new wartime strength of the Finnish Army. (Figure is not given, but the FA had ~475,000 men and women at the start of the war.)

Recruitment of volunteer SS men begins in Finland.
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22 April 1941

Foreign Minister Rolf Witting meets with the new Swedish ambassador to Helsinki Karl-Ivar Westman.

Witting assures Westman that the leading circle "never wanted to take Finland on any adventures and instead wanted to focus on building up the infrastructure of the country."

He however adds that he cannot guarantee what will happen in the next couple of months.
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