It was not the best of times. It was simply the worst of times. For years the tide of tyranny unspeakable had spread across the Earth. The Poles had resisted, and died with honor-for whatever that was worth. No one else had yet even done that. Nation after nation was being gobbled up by the Fascist and Communist joint rebellion against civilization and few dared to resist.
But then Russia turned it's eyes on Finland, fierce, warlike, contrarian Finland peopled by human wolves who regarded the forest as a place to work and play.
They were a delicate Democracy, torn by faction and the memory of Civil Strife. But when Russia gave it's demand, they recieved, for once a blatent "no!"
The Red Army began it's invasion expecting little resistance. To their suprise, the Finnish citizen-soldiers, came out as one for hearth and home. The Finns were among the best Arctic warriors in the world, and they made the Russians pay for every inch of Finland's desolate wilderness. Finally even they could not resist longer and yielded a few scraps of territory, enough to save face for the Russians. But they preserved Finland for the next generation.
In this book, William Trotter tells the story of Finland's grim struggle to survive in the dark woods of the North. It is a fascinating story of a small nation defending it's right to exist. But in the end it was even more. For in that less well-known campaign in the cold and dark of winter, Finland gave the world hope that tyranny could be resisted. In a way this was Finland the Valiant's gift to the world. And it is a gift that deserves to be remembered in a work like that written by the author.
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