In 2013 the Finnish Defence Forces put an archive of 160,000 WWII-era photographs online. The images record the war years from 1939 to 1945, spanning three conflicts the Finns recognize as the Winter War (against an invading Soviet Union), the Continuation War (striking against the Soviets alongside the Germans) and the Lapland War (against the Germans for control of Lapland). After spending hours poring through this fascinating archive, I've gathered this collection, just a glimpse of what was made available. A couple of notes on the images -- the swastika was used as the official national marking of the Finnish Air Force and Tank Corps between 1918 and 1945, and all captions were relatively brief, and written in Finnish, so please let me know in the comments if there are any mistakes, or if you can elaborate on what is pictured
- Stuka dive-bombers fly over, Immola, July 2, 1944.
- A soldier with a pack Reindeer, on slippery ice, near the tiny village of Nautsi, in northern Lapland, Finland, on October 26, 1941.
- Flamethrower in action in the woods near the village of Niinisalo, on July 1, 1942.
- Pilots in flight above Jämijärvi, on July 17, 1942
- Propeller-driven snowmobile near Haapasaari, Finland. The swastika was used as the official national marking of the Finnish Air Force and Tank Corps between 1918 and 1945.
- Looking out toward approaching aircraft with binoculars and listening with a huge acoustic locator.
- Finnish tank crew, July 8, 1941.
- Finnish anti-aircraft crew in action in Helsinki.
- A Finnish armored train.
- An experiment in troop transportation in cold weather.
- Street fighting in Medvezhyegorsk, Russia. The town was occupied by Finland for three years.
- Finnish motorcycle and tank.