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SA-kuva

SA-kuva website

SA-kuva website

Old news for some of you I guess, but me having limited internet access at the moment, makes me lag behind a bit.
But now it’s here at last, the Finnish defense force picture archive, 160000 digitized wartime pictures available at sa-kuva.fi !
No more is needed to say, pop over there right away!

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Legions East Winter Finns

As Early War approaches rapidly I’ve been looking at a Finnish EW list. The Barbarossa book won’t be here for quite a while and the Finns aren’t guaranteed to be in it, but sooner or later (probably later…) there will be some official list out there I hope.

Winter War, Reindeer patrol in Jäniskoski near Petsamo 20th Feb. 1940

As there probably won’t be any new BF Finns I’ve started to look at alternatives and as far as I know there is two manufacturers with this range, Resistant Roosters and Legions East. I’ve sampled both manufacturers “Summer Finns” but I wasn’t that impressed with any of them.

RRs range is in many cases more like 18mm than 15mm and have even more oversized heads and hands than BFs older, “large” range, and they are decked out in out in huge backpacks and other gear.  And their winter range is basically the same as there summer range but with even bigger winter head gear. The positive about the range though is that they are reasonably priced and that there are a lot of different (but stiff) poses.

LEs range was more promising but suffered from som scale issues, the feet were tiny and their arms often way to long, but there were some nice models along them, my guess is that the bad ones are among the  sculptors first miniatures and the nice one are the ones made later when the sculptor got the hang of limbs and stuff.

So, since the LE winter range is newer than the Summer range, and I actually manage to find a few pictures of them on the web, I ordered one of each pack to sample them.

So here follows a review of the packs available at their homepage.

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War diaries

Most Finnish war diaries from WW2 are now available online!

So if you can read finnish handwriting there is a lot of information at the Finnish national archives digital archive:

All diaries are not yet scanned, but there is new material added almost every week.

There is also a project of restoring (and hopefully digitizing and publishing online) about fifteen shelf kilometres of more material from the War archives…