Can Russia Invade Finland?

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In November of 1939, under the guise of securing Leningrad, Russian forces invaded neutral Finland, sparking off a 3 month war versus their much smaller neighbors. Despite overwhelming advantages in numbers, weapons, and logistics, the Russian offensive was badly mauled and Russia only managed meager gains for their disastrous efforts- most of which were promptly retaken years later. What would happen though if Russia decided it wants another crack at Finland? Hello and welcome to another episode of The Infographics Show- today we’re taking a look at what would happen if Russia invaded Finland.

The Winter War of 1939 was a disastrous affair that humiliated the Soviet military. Emboldened by a non-aggression pact with Germany and thus free from worrying about a German invasion, Russia sought to force neutral Finland into major territorial and economic concessions. Chief amongst these was a demand for substantial border territory between the two nations under the guise of helping ensure the security of Leningrad which was only 20 miles (32 km) from the Finnish border. Widely denounced by the rest of the world order for the sheer preposterousness of needing to secure Leningrad from neutral Finland, Russia went through with its demands and when Finland refused, launched a military invasion. However, having purged the ranks of its military for fear of capitalist or imperial sympathizers and other ‘undesirables’ to the new Soviet order, Russia went to war with crippling deficiencies in its senior and junior military leadership.





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