Soldiers of the Swedish Volunteer Battalion clear out Russian bunkers on the Hanko Front, August 29, 1941.


Which means this was unrelated to WWII but continued simultaneously? Well, the Continuation War ended up being component for the Eastern Front of World War II. Term. Many thanks If I recall correctly, Finland ...



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  • So this was unrelated to WWII but went on simultaneously?
  • Well, the Continuation War was part of the Eastern Front of World War II.
  • Word. Thanks
  • If I recall correctly, Finland was cobelligerent with (but not actually allied to) the Axis.
  • The Soviets were afraid the nazis would invade through Finland and the Finland would comply. They decided to take the relevant areas to stop the nazis from invading
  • Some times just how impressive the colorization is isn't apparent until you see the original. In this case it really turned it from a dead, dusty archival image to something real.
  • Fascinating! Thank you so much for these pictures and adding the story behind them.
  • Amazing work, really impressed by the fire
  • That makes two of us - and it's your cakeday, by the way!
  • Three! It's really nice work.
  • It's not as bombastic and heroic as many other ww2 photos. It just feels very... Eerie...
  • Military language is full of dehumanizing terms. Artillery is used to soften defenses, which sounds almost cushy.
  • Such is war.
  • Wait, I thought it meant they were destroying bunkers so they couldn't be used again.
  • No... they are clearing it of people .
  • Were there soldiers still fighting in these or are they just making them unusable? How common was that last ditch bunker defense?
  • Based on other photos in the set, this appears to be towards the tail end of the skirmish.
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