03/12 – The Moscow Peace Treaty

Finnish soldiers ambushing Red Army troops during the Winter War. (Pinterest) On this day in 1940, the Moscow Peace Treaty was signed in Russia. The agreement marked the end of the Winter War, a 105-day conflict between Finland and the USSR. Intent on acquiring portions of Eastern Finnish territory for themselves, the Soviets had invaded…

11/26 – The Shelling of Mainila

Finns prepare to defend their position against a Soviet advance during the Winter War. (source: Wikimedia Commons) On this day in 1939, the Soviet Red Army fired seven artillery shells at Mainila, a Russian village 800 metres from the Russian-Finnish border. Claiming that Finnish units had fired on Russian civilians unprovoked, the Shelling of Mainila…