Let them come if they dare! - A Finland AAR
Welcome to Finland, a nation of a thousand lakes, dense and beatiful forests, prosperous countryside and free people. The nation was founded in the winter of 1917, when she detached herself from the Russian Empire and declared independence. The russians did not openly resist as they were busy with the home front. But some Finns did not rejoice, as the working class demanded things that the new goverment did not provide at the moment. This clamour resulted in the forming of the Red Guards who started a coup. They captured some of southern Finland and accepted aid in material, men and leadership from Russia. They thought they were fighting for better living conditions for the workers, but what they were really fighting for was bolshevism, the opposite of what they were trying to achieve. The aggression of the Red Guards was opposed by the White Guards, who wanted to smash the rebellion and maintain the recently achieved independence. The war was brutal as both sides had great hate for each other and knew nothing of mercy. The White Guards were soon joined by Finnish jaegers who were well trained in Germany and battle hardened in Russia and swedish voluteers, who were also well trained. The Whites also received aid in form of material and manpower from Germany and were lead by a former Czar Army officer, Mannerheim, who proved to be an excellent and loyal commander and rightfully earned the respect of the Finns.
German Jäger infantry in Finland during the civil war
With superiority in leadership and fighting capabilities, the Whites formed an assault force and charged the strategically important city of Tampere. Bloody fighting ensued. The Reds offered very tough and stubborn resistance, but the Whites offered even greater bravery. In the early phase of the battle, the Whites captured only a few buildings, but eventually fought their way all the way to the city's center. The Whites harassed the Red defenders, fortified in the buildings, with grenades for a while, until they surrendered. Due to this decisive defeat and the threat of a german ambhibious landing, the Reds retreated from Helsinki. There never was an official peace treaty, but the Reds were defeated and Finland remained independent and democratic.
The victory parade in Helsinki
Even after the war, hatred still remained for many years between the reds and whites. Former Red Guard members and others who believed in their ideals, hoped for another uprising, until something would unite the people of Finland.
The Finns signed a non aggression pact with the eastern russians, established excellent relations with the western allies and excersiced isolationalism. Although the future for Finland seemed peaceful and her independece secured, there will a tough, brutal road ahead of her before she can truly be at ease.
Mod: Diday's I.C.E - Iron Cross Edition
Version: SF 2.01
Difficulty: A modified 'very easy' --> no penalties and no bonuses (normal), exept for tripled leadership
The primary goals will be to stay independent and keep Viipuri. Secondary goal is to become a major power in Europe through conquest.
The style is narrative, for now, atleast. I'm not sure how this will write itself out in the future.
A few of notes:
- Constructive criticism, advices and corrections of grammar and historical events are encouraged.
- The reason why I cheated a little bit by increasing the leadership points (now 3 times larger) is because I simply can't play with the 3 leadership points that Finland has in this game.
- First AAR
- This AAR is suppose to focus on foreign events almost as much as on events directly concerning Finland (Sinno-Japanse war, for example).
- I will try to include some RP and real life pictures.