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The Winter WarSoviet Invasion of Finland          1940
Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact                            A non-aggression pact                            signed by Germany and ...
Stalin used the Pact to annex the countries of:   Latvia   Lithuania   Estonia
Stalin also moved against Finland   12 October 1940: Stalin demands naval    basing rights in Finland   He demands a str...
   The Finnish government stonewalled until    26 November, Stalin decided to act   30 November 1940: The Soviets attack...
Not What the Soviets Expected   Finland mustered    175,000 men   The majority    defended the    Mannerheim Line in    ...
Motti Tactics       To defend the eastern          front between Lake        Ladoga and the White        Sea the Finnish u...
   Using logging trails and skies, the Finnish    forces would attack Soviet forces that    were forced to use the roads...
February 1940: The Soviets break through the                 Mannerheim Line   The Soviet Armies    inflicted casualties ...
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2 3. the winter war

  1. 1. The Winter WarSoviet Invasion of Finland 1940
  2. 2. Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact A non-aggression pact signed by Germany and the Soviet UnionContained a secret clause that divided eastern European countries between the two nations
  3. 3. Stalin used the Pact to annex the countries of: Latvia Lithuania Estonia
  4. 4. Stalin also moved against Finland 12 October 1940: Stalin demands naval basing rights in Finland He demands a strip of territory in the Karelian Isthmus area of Finland
  5. 5.  The Finnish government stonewalled until 26 November, Stalin decided to act 30 November 1940: The Soviets attacked with four armies 14 December 1940: The Soviet Union is expelled from the League of Nations Stalin commits 1 million men to the Finnish Campaign
  6. 6. Not What the Soviets Expected Finland mustered 175,000 men The majority defended the Mannerheim Line in the Karelian Isthmus
  7. 7. Motti Tactics To defend the eastern front between Lake Ladoga and the White Sea the Finnish used “logging” or Motti tactics to isolate and encircle Soviet forces
  8. 8.  Using logging trails and skies, the Finnish forces would attack Soviet forces that were forced to use the roads They attacked unusual targets like mobile kitchens and groups of soldiers sitting around campfires Using these tactics, the Finnish inflicted 200,000 casualties on the Soviets, while taking only 25,000 of their own
  9. 9. February 1940: The Soviets break through the Mannerheim Line The Soviet Armies inflicted casualties the Finnish population couldn’t support 12 March: The Finnish sign a treaty and turned over the territory the Soviets wanted

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