La Guerre d'hiver

Roman conjugal
Author: Philip Teir
Publisher: Albin Michel
ISBN: 2226337768
Category: Fiction
Page: 384
View: 1902
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Au premier abord, la famille Paul incarne le rêve de la classe moyenne scandinave : célèbre dans les années 90 pour son étude sur la vie sexuelle des Finlandais, Max est un sociologue réputé. Avec sa femme, Katriina, D.R.H. dans un hôpital, ils vivent dans un appartement spacieux au coeur d'Helsinki. Mais à y regarder de plus près, le tableau est loin d'être idyllique : Max a perdu bien des illusions et désespère de pouvoir terminer un jour son nouveau livre. Son couple bat de l'aile, et ses filles - l'une à Londres, l'autre à Helsinki - mènent leurs vies sans lui. Alors, quand l'une de ses anciennes étudiantes devenue journaliste lui propose de l'interviewer pour son soixantième anniversaire, il accepte sans hésiter... ni imaginer les conséquences de cet entretien sur sa vie et celle des siens. À mi-chemin entre Richard Yates et Jonathan Franzen, mais avec un charme résolument nordique, le Finlandais Philip Teir explore dans ce premier roman à l'ironie mordante les questions de la jeunesse, des rencontres et des ruptures, de l'amour et de la perte, et de sa résurrection au moment où on l'attend le moins.

The Winter War: Russia's Invasion of Finland, 1939-1940


Author: Robert Edwards
Publisher: Pegasus Books
ISBN: 1605987638
Category: History
Page: 352
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"Edwards recounts events, both shameful and heroic, with insight, conviction and considerable wit."—Publishers Weekly On November 30, 1939, the Soviet Union's Red Army invaded the young nation-state of Finland, in the full expectation of routing the small, ill-equipped Finnish army and annexing the former Russian territory by the end of the year. But Finland held out for 105 bitterly cold, fiercely combative days, until March 15, 1940, when a peace agreement ended the short, savage Winter War. At the stirring center of the story lie the resourcefulness and resolve of the Finnish people, who against all military odds—in want of ammunition, food, sleep, and troops—fought a blundering, ineptly commanded Red Army to a standstill. On March 15, they ceded to the Soviet 11 percent of their territory and 30 percent of their economic assets, but none of their national pride. The Russians meanwhile had markedly damaged their international standing and effectively ruined their military reputation-to such an extent, as this probing chapter in World War II history demonstrates, that Germany, with proud-blooded Finland as an ally, dared to launch its 1940 invasion of Russia. At the same time, though, the fiasco of the Winter War forced Stalin to acknowledge the shortcomings of the Red Army and to reform it: Germany would fall at Stalingrad in 1941. With authority, this skillfully narrated military history unfolds its story of the four-month Soviet-Finnish war and explores its consequences from London to Moscow, from Helsinki to Paris, to Washington, DC.

The Winter War


Author: Robert D. Lewallen
Publisher: Alyssiym Publications
ISBN: 0557738121
Category: Finland
Page: 140
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The Winter War. A nearly forgotten event of the Second World War, one that would have significant consequences for the Russian military and the relations between Russia and the United States. But why was Russia so determined to add Finland to her empire? Could tiny Finland stand against the might of the Russian military? And why when the United States was asked for aid by Finland, did the United States promise much and deliver little?

The Winter War

The Soviet Attack on Finland, 1939-1940
Author: Eloise Engle,Lauri Paananen
Publisher: Stackpole Books
ISBN: 0811714012
Category: History
Page: 224
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Authoritative account of Finland's brave defense against the Soviet Union in World War II. • Focuses on the human side of one of World War II's toughest campaigns, fought in the frozen expanses of Finland • The Finns held out for 105 days against the Soviet juggernaut • Contains graphic descriptions of combat

The Winter War


Author: Philip Teir
Publisher: Serpent's Tail
ISBN: 1782830707
Category: Fiction
Page: 426
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On the surface, the Paul family are living the liberal, middle-class dream in Helsinki. Max Paul is a renowned sociologist and his wife Katriina has a well-paid government job. They live in a beautiful apartment in the centre of the city. But look closer and the cracks start to show. As he approaches his sixtieth birthday, the certainties of Max's life begin to dissolve. His wife no longer loves him, and his grown-up daughters - one in London, one in Helsinki - have problems of their own. So when a former student turned journalist shows up and offers him a seductive lifeline, Max starts down a dangerous path from which he may never find a way back. Funny, sharp, and brilliantly truthful, Teir's debut has the feel of a big, contemporary, humane American novel, but with a distinctly Scandinavian edge.

The Winter War: A Novel


Author: William Durbin
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
ISBN: 0307549429
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 240
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When the Soviet Union invades its tiny neighbor Finland in November 1939, Marko volunteers to help the war effort. Even though his leg was weakened by polio, he can ski well, and he becomes a messenger on the front line, skiing in white camouflage through the forests at night. The dark forest is terrifying, and so are the odds against the Finns: the Russians have 4 times as many soldiers and 30 times as many planes. They have 3000 tanks, while the Finns have 30. But a tank is no help in the snowy forest–a boy on skis is. And the Russians don’t know winter the way the Finns do, or what tough guerrilla warriors the Finns are. Marko teams up with another messenger, Karl. Gradually Marko learns that Karl’s whole family was killed by the Russians. And Karl has a secret–he’s really Kaari, a girl who joined up to get revenge for her family’s deaths. From the Hardcover edition.

AIDS, the Winter War

A Testing of America
Author: Arthur D. Kahn
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 0595366376
Category: Medical
Page: 260
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"The most complete history of how AIDS treatment activism began - and an appalling look at the government AIDS mismanagement which continues today." -John S. James, editor, AIDS Treatment News "In persuasive detail Kahn demonstrates [that] the struggle against AIDS requires a continuous fight against vested interests that have little regard for alternative ideas and against egotists who put self-aggrandizement above a worldwide crisis Arthur Kahn's book presents the history of the clinical struggle and identifies heroes, many of whom have died fighting for all of us. Their efforts must be recognized. Their struggle is not over." -William Regelson, M.D., Professor, College of Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University (from the introduction)

Finnish Military Effectiveness in the Winter War, 1939-1940


Author: Pasi Tuunainen
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137446064
Category: History
Page: 266
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This book analyzes the multi-faceted phenomenon of Finnish military effectiveness in the Winter War (1939–40). Drawing on a wide array of primary and secondary sources, Pasi Tuunainen shows how by focusing on their own strengths and pitting these against the weaknesses of their adversary, the Finns were able to inflict heavy casualties on the Red Army whilst minimizing their own losses. The Finns were able to use their resources for effective operational purposes, and perform almost to their full potential. The Finnish small-unit tactics utilized the terrain and Arctic conditions for which they had prepared themselves, as well as forming cohesive units of well-motivated and qualitatively better professional leaders and citizen soldiers who could innovate and adapt. The Finnish Army had highly effective logistics, support and supply systems that kept the troops fighting.

Finland at War

The Winter War 1939–40
Author: Vesa Nenye,Peter Munter,Toni Wirtanen,Chris Birks
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1472813596
Category: History
Page: 304
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The story of the 'Winter War' between Finland and Soviet Russia is a dramatic David versus Goliath encounter. When close to half a million Soviet troops poured into Finland in 1939 it was expected that Finnish defences would collapse in a matter of weeks. But they held firm. The Finns not only survived the initial attacks but succeeded in inflicting devastating casualties before superior Russian numbers eventually forced a peace settlement. This is a rigorously detailed and utterly compelling guide to Finland's vital, but almost forgotten role in the cataclysmic World War II. It reveals the untold story of iron determination, unparalleled skill and utter mastery of winter warfare that characterised Finland's fight for survival on the hellish Eastern Front. Now publishing in paperback, Finland at War: the Winter War 1939–40 is the premiere English-language history of the fighting performance of the Finns, drawing on first-hand accounts and rare photographs to explain just how they were able to perform military feats that nearly defy belief.

The Winter War

Finland Against Russia, 1939-1940
Author: Väinö Tanner
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 9780804704823
Category: Russo-Finnish War, 1939-1940
Page: 274
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The Winter War

The Russo-Finnish War of 1939-40
Author: William R Trotter
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781781312261
Category: Russo-Finnish War, 1939-1940
Page: 287
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On 30 November 1939, Soviet bombers unloaded their bombs on Helsinki, the capital of Finland. Stalin's ultimatum, demanding the cession of huge tracts of territory as a buffer zone against Nazi Germany, had been rejected by the Finnish government, and now a small Baltic republic was at war with the giant Soviet military machine. But this forgotten war, fought under brutal, sub-arctic conditions, often with great heroism on both sides, proved one of the most astonishing in military history. Using guerrilla fighters on skis, even reindeer to haul supplies on sleds, heroic single-handed attacks on tanks, and with unfathomable endurance and the charismatic leadership of one of the 20th century's true military geniuses, Finland not only kept at bay but won an epic, if short-lived, victory over the hapless Russian conscripts. Its surreal engagements included the legendary "Sausage Battle", when starving Soviet troops who had over-run a Finnish encampment couldn't resist the cauldrons of hot sausage soup left behind by their opponents - and were ambushed as they stopped to sup. Although by sheer attritional weight of numbers Stalin eventually prevailed over the Finns, their pointed resistance enabled their country to remain free, even as other countries fell one by one.

Battle for the Falklands: The Winter War


Author: Patrick Bishop,John Witherow
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
ISBN: 0007479387
Category: History
Page: 153
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‘Boldly planned, bravely executed and brilliantly accomplished’ was Margaret Thatcher’s assessment of the Falklands campaign. But what did the war mean to the men in the trenches and below decks?

Swedish Volunteers in the Russo-Finnish Winter War, 1939Ð1940


Author: Martina Sprague
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786457538
Category: History
Page: 259
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Sandwiched between Nazi Germany and the “Russian Bear,” Sweden walked a diplomatic tightrope on if and how it should support Finland during the Russo-Finnish Winter War. Social and political forces motivated the Swedish leadership to promote neutrality and avoid official military engagement, while at the same time the Swedish Volunteer Corps comprised the largest volunteer combat force (more than 8,200 strong) in any modern war. This book discusses the political background of the 1939–1940 Winter War; setbacks the volunteers suffered due to weather and terrain; and the ever-present fear that war would come to the Scandinavian Peninsula.

Un repas en hiver


Author: Hubert Mingarelli
Publisher: Stock
ISBN: 2234071402
Category: Fiction
Page: 144
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Dans ce nouveau roman, Hubert Mingarelli met en scène des soldats d’une compagnie isolée en Pologne, dont la mission est impossible. Soit ils participent chaque jour aux exécutions sommaires, soit ils sont envoyés dans la campagne alentour pour en ramener « un », c’est-à-dire un Juif, qu’ils devront ensuite livrer à leur supérieur et donc à la mort. Trois hommes, las des fusillades, prennent la route un matin, et avancent péniblement dans la neige, le ventre vide et les pensées tournées vers leur vie civile, sans autre choix que de prendre part à une chasse à l’homme à laquelle ils ne croient pas. Ce jour-là, ils débusquent presque malgré eux un Juif caché dans la forêt et, soucieux de se nourrir et de retarder leur retour au camp, ils vont procéder dans une maison abandonnée à la laborieuse préparation d’un repas avec le peu de vivres dont ils disposent. Les hommes doivent trouver de quoi faire du feu et réussir à porter à ébullition une casserole d’eau. Ils en viennent à brûler le banc sur lequel ils sont assis, ainsi que la porte derrière laquelle ils ont isolé le Juif. Le tour de force d’Hubert Mingarelli constitue à mettre autour d’une table trois soldats allemands, un jeune Juif et un Polonais de passage dont l’antisémitisme affiché va, contre toute attente, réveiller chez les soldats un sentiment de fraternité vis-à-vis de leur proie. Se posent alors des questions monstrueuses : Faut-il proposer au Juif de manger ? Et, une fois le repas partagé, faut-il le ramener ou le libérer ? C’est ici qu’Hubert Mingarelli, dans son style sobre et précis, met le lecteur face à sa conscience et la logique meurtrière à laquelle sont soumis ces hommes. En convoquant la peur, la raison, l’espoir, la folie et l’humanité contenus en chacun d’entre nous.

The Winter War


Author: Antti Tuuri,Richard Impola
Publisher: Beaverton, Ont. : Aspasia Books
ISBN: 9780973105339
Category: Fiction
Page: 208
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The Winter Soldier: Free Preview


Author: Daniel Mason
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0316530883
Category: Fiction
Page: 48
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A sweeping, unforgettable love story of a young doctor and nurse at a remote field hospital in the First World War Vienna, 1914. Lucius is a twenty-two-year-old medical student when World War I explodes across Europe. Enraptured by romantic tales of battlefield surgery, he enlists, expecting a position at a well-organized field hospital. But when he arrives--at a commandeered church tucked away high in a remote valley of the Carpathian Mountains--he discovers a freezing outpost ravaged by typhus. The other doctors have fled, and only a single mysterious nurse named Sister Margarete remains. But Lucius has never lifted a surgeon's scalpel. And as the war rages across the winter landscape, he finds himself falling in love with the woman from whom he must learn a brutal makeshift medicine. Then one day, an unconscious soldier is brought in from the snow, his uniform stuffed with strange drawings. He seems beyond rescue, until Lucius makes a fateful decision that will change the lives of doctor, patient, and nurse forever. From the gilded ballrooms of Imperial Vienna to the frozen forests of the Eastern Front; from hardscrabble operating rooms to battlefields thundering with Cossack cavalry, The Winter Soldier is a story of war and medicine, of family, of finding love in the sweeping tides of history, and finally, of the mistakes we make and the precious opportunities to atone.

The Winter War


Author: William Wister Haines
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780786213771
Category: Fiction
Page: 383
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It's 1943, and the war escalating in Europe and the Pacific seems far away. But for aspiring actress Rosie Winter, the war feels as if it were right in New York City--what with food rationing and frequent blackouts ... and a boyfriend she hasn't heard word one from since he enlisted in the navy. Now her rent is coming due and she hasn't been cast in anything for six months. The factories are desperate for women workers, but Rosie the Thespian isn't about to become Rosie the Riveter, so she grabs a part-time job at a seamy, lowbrow detective agency instead. However, there's more to the Big City gumshoe game than chasing lowlife cheating spouses. When her boss turns up dead, Rosie finds herself caught up in a ticklish high society mystery, mingling with mobsters and searching for a notorious missing script. Maybe she has no crime-fighting experience--but Rosie certainly knows how to act the role.

Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan

Eyewitness Accounts of the Occupation
Author: Iraq Veterans Against the War,Aaron Glantz
Publisher: Haymarket Books
ISBN: 1608460606
Category: History
Page: 240
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“The only way this war is going to end is if the American people truly understand what we have done in their name.”—Kelly Dougherty, executive director of Iraq Veterans Against the War In spring 2008, inspired by the Vietnam-era Winter Soldier hearings, Iraq Veterans Against the War gathered veterans to expose war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq. Here are the powerful words, images, and documents of this historic gathering, which show the reality of life in Afghanistan and Iraq. Iraq Veterans Against the War argues that well-publicized incidents of American brutality like the Abu Ghraib prison scandal and the massacre of an entire family of Iraqis in the town of Haditha are not the isolated incidents perpetrated by “a few bad apples,” as many politicians and military leaders have claimed. They are part of a pattern, the group says, of “an increasingly bloody occupation.” "Here is the war as it should be reported, seeing the pain, refusing to sanitize an unprovoked attack that has killed over one million people. All over America are victims who have returned from this conflict with hideous wounds -- wounds that turn the lives of the entire family upside down. And the American people are not seeing this. Until now. "Winter Soldier, an enormously important project of Iraq Veterans Against the War, cuts this debacle to the bone, exposing details hard to come by and even harder to believe. This is must reading for patriots who have already begun the effort to insure that this never happens again." --Phil Donahue "Winter Soldier makes us feel the pain and despair endured by those who serve in a military stretched to the breaking point by stop-loss policies, multiple combat tours, and a war where the goals and the enemies keep shifting ... [and] also make[s] us admire the unbreakable idealism and hope of those men and women who still believe that by speaking out they can make things better both for themselves and for those who come after them."--San Francisco Chronicle Formed in the aftermath of the US invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) was founded in 2004 to give those who have served in the military since September 11, 2001, a way to come together and speak out against an unjust, illegal, and unwinnable war. Today, IVAW has over seven hundred members in forty-nine states, Washington, DC, Canada, and on military bases overseas. Aaron Glantz is an independent journalist who has covered the Iraq War from the front lines. He is the author of How America Lost Iraq (Tarcher) and a forthcoming book on the Iraq War from the University of California Press. Anthony Swofford is the author of Jarhead: A Marine’s Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles.