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A large group of Russian soldiers in the border area in 1939 are
moving down a road when they hear a voice call from behind a small hill:
"One Finnish soldier is better than ten Russian". The Russian commander
quickly orders 10 of his best men over the hill where a gun-battle breaks
out and continues for a few minutes, then silence.

The voice once again calls out: "One Finn is better than one hun dred Russians."
Furious, the Russian commander sends his next best 100 troops over
the hill and instantly a huge gun fight commences. After 10 minutes of
battle, again silence.

The calm Finnish voice calls out again: "One Finn is better than one
thousand Russians!"

The enraged Russian commander musters 1000 fighters and sends them
to the other side of the hill. Rifle fire, machine guns, grenades, rockets
and cannon fire ring out as a terrible battle is fought.... Then silence.
Eventually one badly wounded Russian fighter crawls back over the
hill and with his dying words tells his commander,
"Don't send any more men......it's a trap. There are two of them."
 

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...Funny, yet fairly mathematically accurate...even though they lost land in both wars...the Finns slaughtered the Russians under overwhelming odds!!...
 

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"It was a disgusting scene. It gave you the impression that someone had intentionally sent 22,000 people to freeze to death."
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Mikhail Timoshenko, 44th Ukrainian Division

(from the documentary: War of the Century; when Hitler Fought Stalin)
 

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The OP's anecdote is based on the battles at Kolla in December 1939. A platoon of 32 Finns defended a hill against a reinforced regiment: 32 vs. 4000. In March 1940 the Russians resumed attacks in the Kolla sector, making initial gains, but were thrown back by Finnish counterattacks. These were often by understrength squads attacking companies. Simo Hayha was also active in the Kolla area.
 

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Yawn... This "joke" pops up several times a year...
 

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Very very funny. Brought a smile to my face, and a chuckle to boot.

A large group of Russian soldiers in the border area in 1939 are
moving down a road when they hear a voice call from behind a small hill:
"One Finnish soldier is better than ten Russian". The Russian commander
quickly orders 10 of his best men over the hill where a gun-battle breaks
out and continues for a few minutes, then silence.

The voice once again calls out: "One Finn is better than one hun dred Russians."
Furious, the Russian commander sends his next best 100 troops over
the hill and instantly a huge gun fight commences. After 10 minutes of
battle, again silence.

The calm Finnish voice calls out again: "One Finn is better than one
thousand Russians!"

The enraged Russian commander musters 1000 fighters and sends them
to the other side of the hill. Rifle fire, machine guns, grenades, rockets
and cannon fire ring out as a terrible battle is fought.... Then silence.
Eventually one badly wounded Russian fighter crawls back over the
hill and with his dying words tells his commander,
"Don't send any more men......it's a trap. There are two of them."
 

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Just like the last time I saw this I think it's in bad taste. You're making a joke about a real event where thousands died from combat or freezing to death, not to mention all those maimed for life. It's a subject that deserves to be discussed in a respectful manner, not joked about.
 

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And it highlights the widespread incompetence of the Soviet Army Command structure at the time...all due to Stalin's Purges of Army officers in 1937-38, where the majority ( in some grades, all) the officers were "liquidated" to remove a perceived threat of an army coup. It was just a terror tactic, in any case, but it left the Soviet Army effectively headless and legless. NO wonder the Finns, with small numbers, and "Local Knowledge" killed so many Soviet soldiers. But, as in later Soviet Tactics, sheer weight of numbers ... "cannon fodder" of the Soviet Army overcame the Finns, and thus ended the "Winter War" ...temporarily...as seen in the "Continuation War"...again, Soviet willingness to throw men into the meatgrinder ( sort of like Grant in Virginia) caused the Finns to sue for an armistice in 1944.

Just a thought, if Hitler had invaded the Soviet Union in 1939, instead of stopping in Poland, the German Army would certanly have over-run Moscow within a few months of crossing the border...what if???

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And it highlights the widespread incompetence of the Soviet Army Command structure at the time...all due to Stalin's Purges of Army officers in 1937-38, where the majority ( in some grades, all) the officers were "liquidated" to remove a perceived threat of an army coup. It was just a terror tactic, in any case, but it left the Soviet Army effectively headless and legless. NO wonder the Finns, with small numbers, and "Local Knowledge" killed so many Soviet soldiers. But, as in later Soviet Tactics, sheer weight of numbers ... "cannon fodder" of the Soviet Army overcame the Finns, and thus ended the "Winter War" ...temporarily...as seen in the "Continuation War"...again, Soviet willingness to throw men into the meatgrinder ( sort of like Grant in Virginia) caused the Finns to sue for an armistice in 1944. Just a thought, if Hitler had invaded the Soviet Union in 1939, instead of stopping in Poland, the German Army would certanly have over-run Moscow within a few months of crossing the border...what if??? regards, Doc AV
Some zoom-in focus on DocAV's comment. When Stalin ordered the attack on Finland, Marshall Shaposhnikov, the very competent chief of staff, drew up a plan. Stalin though the plan was not imaginative enough, so he had his cronie "Klim" Voroshilov take over the project. After the debacle, Stalin belatedly called in Timoshenko and Zhukov to clean up the mess, and they used Shaposhnikov's plan. When Germany invaded Russia, the Kiev front was capably commanded by Kirponos. Stalin sent his good buddy Voroshilov to Kiev, and "Klim" proceeded to turn things into another catastrophe. Voroshilov then beat a retreat back to Moscow, turning comand back over to Kirponos, who shot himself rather than oversee the complete distruction of his army that he had so effectively led until Stalin's pal showed up. Just think of what might have happened if Stalin had sent Voroshilov to Siberia to take over command at Khalkin Gol in August 1939. More than likely the Japanese would have routed the Red Army. There would have been no attack on Finland, Japan would have focused on mongolia and Siberia instead of Pearl Harbor, and Barbarossa would have succeeded, since the Siberian divisions that saved Stalingrad would have been bogged down fighting the Japanese. Voroshilov's incompetence may have been pardonable, but Stalin's continued confidence in him was beyond comprehension.
 

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"What If" is kind of a parlor game but nonetheless, still fun to play. If Germany had continued the 1939 offensive into the Soviet Union; France and the UK would have started their own offensive into the Rhineland. The French Communist Party played a big role politically, in persuading the French Government not to honor their role in a direct attack on Germany. The original agreement was: Poland would be used as a type of cauldron, so to speak. France would then commence air strikes within 3 days and a general ground offensive within two weeks of the invasion of Poland. If the French had honored their half of the contingency plan, we'd be living in a different world today.
 

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Just like the last time I saw this I think it's in bad taste. You're making a joke about a real event where thousands died from combat or freezing to death, not to mention all those maimed for life. It's a subject that deserves to be discussed in a respectful manner, not joked about.
That's a joke son, ah say, that's a joke. The last time I heard it, it was Confederates hollering from over the hill, at Yankees.
 

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