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10 Crazy Ways Finland Fought Off Soviet Domination

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Check out our New Biography Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/biographics The Winter War began in November of 1939, when the Soviets invaded Finland, seeking to claim Finnish territory. With overwhelming numbers advantages in men and firepower, the Soviets were expecting victory in a couple of weeks. Instead, the conflict went on for three months, with the Soviet soldiers taking casualties at a rate five times that of the Finnish forces. While Finland ultimately agreed to sign 11% of its land over to the Soviets in the peace treaty that ended the war, Finland retained its sovereignty and demonstrated that it was no easy target. Nikita Khrushchev characterized the advantages the Soviets had, noting, “But on these most favorable terms, we could only win through huge difficulties and incredibly great losses. In fact, this victory was a moral defeat.” →Subscribe for new videos every day! https://www.youtube.com/user/toptenznet?sub_confirmation=1 Help us translate our videos: https://www.youtube.com/timedtext_cs_queue?msg=10&tab=0 - Learn more why you might want to help: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/6052538 Find more lists at: http://www.toptenz.net Entertaining and educational top 10 lists from TopTenzNet! Subscribe to our Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TopTenz/ Business inquiries to [email protected] Other TopTenz Videos: 10 Dark and Depressing Facts About Slavery https://youtu.be/9uYS7zFrv8I?list=PLQ4d2-ByGhnKajPA6HFawry8Y3my_VX5Q 10 Lies You’re Told About American Slavery https://youtu.be/smnvJGzOkhU?list=PLQ4d2-ByGhnKajPA6HFawry8Y3my_VX5Q Text version: http://www.toptenz.net/10-crazy-ways-finland-fought-off-soviet-domination.php Coming up: 10. They ate well… and made sure the Soviets didn’t 9. They used (and coined the name) Molotov cocktails to neutralize Soviet tanks 8. They had the “White Death” 7. They had saunas 6. They divided and conquered 5. They used psychological warfare 4. They used reindeer and sleds 3. Finnish soldiers knew the terrain, and how to navigate it 2. They dressed for success 1. They had sisu Source/Further reading: https://books.google.com/books?id=bYOXCwAAQBAJ&pg=PA116&lpg=PA116&dq=sausage+war+finland&source=bl&ots=Yfmv9iCw7d&sig=PEeFiIl1psuOQXjCB_N31wDhFXc&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj5zLPD2LTWAhXqlVQKHUqMBxE4ChDoAQg8MAQ#v=onepage&q=sausage%20war&f=false http://www.nytimes.com/1979/11/30/archives/finlands-pearl-harbor.html?_r=0 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1517044/The-long-view.html http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-24328773 https://books.google.com/books?id=UQCGDAAAQBAJ&pg=PT30&lpg=PT30&dq=soviet+field+kitchen+finland&source=bl&ots=ZSYhpgyxEF&sig=NCG2O5eUpVMkaiYciunlSoJaq3I&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjgidL417TWAhVqxFQKHcP2A9g4ChDoAQguMAE#v=onepage&q=motti&f=false http://www.benning.army.mil/infantry/magazine/issues/2017/JAN-MAr/pdf/Chersicla_WinterWar_txt.pdf https://books.google.com/books?id=t_OODAAAQBAJ&pg=PA94&lpg=PA94&dq=reindeer+sled+winter+war&source=bl&ots=nIaWbGPpUK&sig=s1YDp6jX-mD0kQT9ZKmoVsHuhLI&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwikqIfC2_PXAhWW0YMKHe7-AE04ChDoAQhLMAY#v=onepage&q=reindeer%20sled%20winter%20war&f=false https://netwar.wordpress.com/2007/08/18/finnish-motti/ https://www.artofmanliness.com/2017/05/02/sisu-finnish-winter-war/
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John Takolander (2 days ago)
The Finnsh saunas were actually meant to fight lice etc and the serious diseases that accompanied them. All bugs were killed from the men and their clothes in the saunas.
Zach CR Schuller (3 days ago)
I guess the Soviets were ‘Finish-ed’ in the Winter War 😬
Michael Kaminski (5 days ago)
But in the end, the Russians knew that their enemies would be finished....
stiffy upperlip (6 days ago)
No reindeers, but horses. Finnish Army had over 60.000 horses when winter war starts, after 105 days, KIA is 4000 animals. We build statues those four legged heroes.
kuuset on kivoja (9 days ago)
You forget to mention SÄKKIJÄRVEN POLKKA
kuuset on kivoja (9 days ago)
HAHAAA PERKELE SUOMALAISTA SISUA SAATANA HAHAHAHA PERKELE ISÄNMAA PERKELE TOTILLE SAATANAA EJHRIWIQCWIRI1CUEIR1HWFIEV1HR72H1CE
Finnland lost about 15% of their territories to USSR lol
Wheels Lifts (13 days ago)
The finns are badasses, hands down.
mick coomer (13 days ago)
The only time Britain has fought against a real democratic country ( one that is not just democratic in name). This was because Russia was a British ally fighting against Germany.
goric (13 days ago)
Finnar ha ju visat den stora kuken till ryssar 😂
Jadin Rosh (14 days ago)
I'll do you one better: WHY is the white death?!
Glyn Watkins (16 days ago)
My mother was one of the cooks mentioned in point 10. One of her many stories was about the Finnish soldier escorting her while she carried a pot of stew to the troops. He stepped on the mine instead of her; his guts then were hung on the trees. She came to Britain in 1949, married a Welshman, and eventually got a army pension from Finland. On a separate point: very few Soviets surrendered to the Finns. Those that did almost certainly got murdered when repatriated to the USSR.
Joshua McDonald (19 days ago)
Who would win the biggest army in the world or a bunch of farmers in white coats
Nawfal (21 days ago)
Your head movement is giving me an epileptic seizure
Plague Europe (21 days ago)
And that was not only 3 months... it last 5 year :D
OOFER Gang (24 days ago)
I love Finland so much XD
BFB-DanceySteve (25 days ago)
I'm in love with the spirit and courage of the Finnish, and Finlands military. Inspirational set of people. Very proud and stubborn,with brains to boot.
Mauri Mela (25 days ago)
Way to butcher a Suomussalmi. Atleast you tried hard, I heard that
John Hardin (26 days ago)
Simo Haya and Audie Murphy. Short guys who gave the Nazi supermen a pounding.
Eric Wlezniak (1 month ago)
Finland used reindeer so well that the Soviet union copied them after declaring peace. Unique badasses are often the best.
jeremy stewert (1 month ago)
Sisu = True Grit + Patriotism. A folk tale. One day a farm boy was helping his father in the field. The earth started to rattle and Soviet tanks and soldiers began to come over the hill. The boy looked up at his father and said, "Father, their are so many Soviets and Finland is so small! Where will we bury all of them?" A Soviet officer was asked how much territory was gained after the winter war. "Enough to bury the dead all of the Soviet troops" he replied.
Hookers n' Cocaine (1 month ago)
The finns won because the russians were flabbergasted by how ugly a population of people could be. Everything about finland is nasty, from the people, cuisine and their language.
Slava Shishkin (18 days ago)
+Hookers n' Cocaine I do understand.
Hookers n' Cocaine (18 days ago)
+Slava Shishkin I am just trolling the fins, there is no need for me to look into this further.
Slava Shishkin (18 days ago)
You should read the peace agreements in question, if you want to find out who won indeed.
Muddile (1 month ago)
Kunnon suomalainen kyrpä. 6:18
Mathias (1 month ago)
*The snow speaks finnish*
Sigh Kronmiller (1 month ago)
Did you forget that they were allied with Germany?
Suomalia2100 (1 month ago)
Incorrect. Germany had a non-aggression pact with the Soviet Union during the winter war (1939-1940), so Finland was alone. Finland had another war with the Soviet Union from 1941-1944 called the continuation war where Finland attacked the Soviet Union with Germany and the other Axis powers.
Kweeni (1 month ago)
Not at this point.
theblackbull55 (1 month ago)
Not only was The White Death an insane sniper but also got 200+ kills with his trusty KP/-31 submachine gun.
Reverend Swanson (1 month ago)
Well the white death had 700 kill he got 500 kills with a sinper and 200 kills with a smg
first name (1 month ago)
death by snu snu uh, I mean death by sisu
Erik Johnsen (1 month ago)
Finland > other lands
Billie Tyree (1 month ago)
Finnish SISU equals American SAND.
Tec-9 holder (1 month ago)
1:49 Lotta is a name in Sweden and svärd means sword in swedish
Amanda Jordan (1 month ago)
Sweden Denmark finnland Norway Iceland....all Vikings.... enough of the tribalism.....they are all Vikings
samuli salo (1 month ago)
It helped that stalin killed all of his generals beforehand
Khyron56 (1 month ago)
"Cause there's a Red Star up on the Christmas tree." -Loads rifle.- "A hammer for you...and a sickle for me."
Risto Rinne (1 month ago)
You can understand " sisu " like this. You are getting your a** kicked and you are laying on the floor, then you stand up and this is going on for 10 more times and then you beat out the crap from your enemy, thats " sisu ". In finnish we have a saying " we will twist, but not brake ". But violence is not the answer to anything.
The pure power of Suomi
Hayden Philbert (2 months ago)
Soviets suffered over a million casualties, no match for the German army...
Tim Berghoff (2 months ago)
Wasn’t there also that story about Russian radio controlled explosives being jammed by blasting a song called „Säkkijärven Polkka“ over the same frequencies that the explosives used for several days...?
XtreeM FaiL (1 month ago)
Tim Berghoff Yes.
Doby Pilgrim (2 months ago)
Mannerheim. You forgot to mention that they were led by a military genius who never even became fluent in Finnish. His Soviet counterpart at the beginning of the war was a dolt.
Michael M (2 months ago)
Actually, this war could be avoided, if Finnish government agreed on Stalin's proposal to move their border farther from Leningrad. Legitimate claim by the Soviets, by the way, if take in consideration Nazi advances at that time. Plus, they could probably save much of Karelia as well. Stalin personally atanded those meetings with Finns, that he rarely did before . It could flag importance of the metter for Finnish diplomats if they acted more rational. Who knows, they might get a better deal without war, than actually got after.
XtreeM FaiL (1 month ago)
Michael M Avoid same way as all Baltic countries?
RoyalMela (1 month ago)
Maybe not. Sweden provided iron to Germanys military industry, and Soviets wanted to stop that. Also Soviets wanted to proceed as long as Norway so Germany could not use Norwegian ports to dominate North Atlantic. Finland was just the first step on the way. Soviets would have attacked anyways.
dkursu (2 months ago)
Just call it a molotov, geez
Vidar Burström (2 months ago)
Regarding number 10, that they ate well. During the inital stages of the war supplies were hard to come by and the spread out skitroops had no easy acces to heat or food. The finish soildiers fought many month (i think from the start untill christmas) with nothing but hardbread. When they got acces to porridge morale improved dramaticly beacause the food was coocked even thoug it consisted of the same ingridients.
Alexander Pataki (2 months ago)
Simon does not mention it, but the Finns had some help with the provision of weapons and supplies by another, much bigger, nation that had no love for the Soviets... does the helmet the guy as wearing at 11:08 remind you of anyone else's helmet (and I don't mean Darth Vader)? How about the "Sisu" award at 12:24? Looks suspiciously similar to an Iron Cross? I'm not trying to imply the Finns did anything wrong by accepting aid from the Reich, quite the opposite, "the enemy of my enemy is my friend," but very few commentators, foreign and Finnish alike, explore that angle.
RoyalMela (1 month ago)
Having a same enemy Soviet Union, and Finland accepting weapons and other aid from Germany, Finland is very often concidered part of Axis and/or a Nazi nation. That is far from truth. Finland did what most neutral and independent countries wanted to do. Defend themselves. Only Finland was able to do that in Europe. Helsinki was the only mainland European capital not to be invaded by foreign troops. London and Moscow the only to other. And Finland was in war with Germany too later in WW II. Not many know that.
iammaxhailme (2 months ago)
You are in the sniper's sight The first kill tonight Time to die! You are in the bullet's way The White Death's prey Say goodbye!
jonny the boy (2 months ago)
He mispronounced SAUNA
Adolf Hitler (2 months ago)
Stalin had executed his best generals. The new generals couldn't manage the troops. Stalin also gave crazy operations to the generals that could not be done
KAY B 14 (2 months ago)
dashing through the snow on a reindeer-machinegun-slay. O’er the snow and and ice we go, to make them soviets pray. Ho! Ho! Ho! murderforkers!
j mcmann (2 months ago)
#1.Finnish drank all the Vodka before Russia got there
i em a frecken onion (3 months ago)
1 suomalainen vastaa 10 ryssää
Melvin Shelton (3 months ago)
Unbefarkingbelievable. I hope we each consider ourselves as being on the same side now.
Janne Kinturi (3 months ago)
You should add 11 to the list Lauri Törni aka Larry Thorne. :)
Kese Fang (3 months ago)
Sisu...in my language...it means "lets run" *literally* "for our lives" (when fight or flight applies) Interesting:-)
Romeo Ruiz (3 months ago)
2:10 Didnt you know Red color makes people hungry? LoL
seneca983 (3 months ago)
About the Molotov cocktails. Contrary to what Simon tells here, the Molotov cocktails used by the Finns (mostly) didn't use a soaked rage to ignite the liquid. Rather the bottle was closed with a regular cap and the ignition was done with a storm-match taped to the side of the bottle, which is a far more reliable method. You can even see this in the pictures presented in this video, in a contrast to what Simon is saying.
RoyalMela (1 month ago)
Yes, and there was always two of those per bottle. Just in case the first attempt to throw the bottle was not successful and the match burned out, you still had the second match and you can easily try again. That fuse also provided plenty of time to light the match and then advance, not advance first and then light the match. A lot safer to use than a rag. Once you light up the rag, you must throw it quickly and there is no backing out of it.
Mw3raf143 (3 months ago)
Finnish, be very afraid
wagnerp0ssu (3 months ago)
Sisu :)
apinakapinastorba (3 months ago)
Grandpa would approve this video.
Jonathan Ferguson (3 months ago)
Finns seem like badasses
Richard Harmon (3 months ago)
I'm an American who is a quarter Finnish, I have a girlfriend who is ethnically Russian from Eastern Europe. Once when I was over at her family's house for a dinner one of the family friends who was a jerk and found out I was Finnish ask me to ask my girlfriend how many of my relatives were killed by her relatives. I replied not as many as were killed by my relatives, I might have mentioned the casualty ratio to him. This was met with a blank look on his face.
Tammi Leroux (3 months ago)
The Finns are my new heroes
Arthur Morgan (3 months ago)
Even the Vikings feared the Finns.
Christopher Trafnik (3 months ago)
Simo Hayya
gardini100 (3 months ago)
the Fins are hardcore ..nothing but respect
- 42 - (4 months ago)
I'm Swedish and the first thing I though of when I saw the title was sisu.
th3gr8makar0sc 666 (4 months ago)
Sisu means the right stuff
Edoardo Ferrari (4 months ago)
I really admire the Finns success in the winter war, but this was only possible ,and it’s not mentioned, by a very stupid plan to invade Finland by the soviet leadership: influenced by the German operation in Poland they launched the attack from the east on a wide front where roads were few , stockpiling for just 2 weeks of fighting instead of focusing ,as they did later, on a well equipped and supplied thrust from the south aiming for the capital.
Vegtam Returns (4 months ago)
So Britain and France declare war on Germany for invading Poland, who has stolen land off Germany and were killing German citizens. Russia invaded both Poland AND Finland and the allies didn't care? Why didn't the allies declare war on communism? Hmmmm I wonder why!?
Törp Mörp (3 months ago)
Vegtam Returns the UK declared war on Finland and the US sent supplies to the Soviets. Sweden denied anyone sending supplies to finland through their land. Only Germany helped and was able to do it.
John Hardin (4 months ago)
All wars are bankers wars.
Michele Herczeg (4 months ago)
Sisu is what we in Texas have!!!
lintu25 (4 months ago)
You can blow up my house but if you touch the Sauna, hell will broke loose!
Sobble (4 months ago)
🇫🇮🇫🇮🇫🇮🇫🇮
Cristiano From Dallas (4 months ago)
Simon...I just love you!! You could do a toptenz on mold and I'd still be enthralled!! Muito Obrigado!!
Noneur bisness (4 months ago)
Beware finland
Ella Miettinen (4 months ago)
Sisu means like never giving up attitude
Toni Suomilqmmi (4 months ago)
in the end soviet won in few wars and we keeped our land
Alexander Jacob (5 months ago)
Reminds me of how the Houthies are currently defeating the Saudis. Especially the Molotov cocktails effectiveness against tanks. As well as the utilization of reindeer to trek the landscape. Rpgs and donkeys in the case of the houthies but still... Saudis have top of the line American weaponry. I see many similarities
OLIVER star 116 xy (5 months ago)
I'm a finn actually
Mikael Rehbinder (5 months ago)
One Russian General (can't remember his name right now) famously said: "We conquered just enough land to bury our fallen soldiers".
Ray Zaki V. Naringahon (5 months ago)
18th century - France vs. Russia - Napoleon failed to Invade Russia (Mostly because of the fierce Winter) 19th century - Germany vs. Russia- Hitler failed to conquer Russia (Mostly because of the Winter) 19th (Still) Finland vs. Russia - Soviets Failed to Conquer the Fins because of Sausages, Saunas, Stealth Reindeers😱, Cash Payments, A Word without no definite English Translation, Dresses and A Some Humble and Handsome Man with a 505/0/0 Record. (No assists = Pro KS)
Törp Mörp (5 months ago)
Ray Zaki V. Naringahon lol :)
Aurinkohirvi (5 months ago)
The Continuation War was 41-44 and was bigger in every way than the Winter War of 39-40. It wasn't all winter, there were long spring-summer-autumn phases too. Reindeers were a curiosity, very rare. Horses were common and plenty. Horses outperform trucks and cars in forests and during winter too. Without the Finnish horse breed, strong, brave and accustomed to cold, the outcome might have been different. Definately they offered a big advantage.
Garry Zimmerman (5 months ago)
Thank you. Very informative. And my hat is off for the Fin's for what they were able to do.
Gerard Kean (5 months ago)
10 crazy was finland won the battle of hoth
MR FINLAND (5 months ago)
We did win that battle
Rayke 06 (5 months ago)
Jup thats me
Achilles94 (5 months ago)
even though Finland lost to Russia, they Russia won hell of fight, despite being out number, out gunn t hem and Finland didn't have army really. it was said that they have police most of them were citizens just picking up a gun a basically. how awesome to stand there ground. im sure all of us lived in Finland in that time, I would be so scared, we would all be shitting in our pants or retreat, but the citzens of Finland fought back knowing they will lose, that is a great example of ya Russia won, but you have more respect tin fnland
Törp Mörp (5 months ago)
Achilles94 thank you. Now we have one of the biggest armies in Europe, about 1 million trained soldiers in reserves
The Lonely One (5 months ago)
Can't *Sisu* be *willpower*
The Lonely One (5 months ago)
+Paras Kaikessa Why no
Paras Kaikessa (5 months ago)
Nope
Törp Mörp (5 months ago)
The Lonely One yes, just not giving up no matter what
Ohhitisjustme (5 months ago)
I get a sauna bath, and a massage??? Sign me up to be a Finnish soldier!
Tupaöljy Motorsport (5 months ago)
My grandfather was in kaukopartio (guerrilla) and he told he's finish troops found many skinded russians who's falled down in winter war, and russian troops eat them.
Victor Hyde (5 months ago)
My father's uncle was a Swedish volunteer in the Finish Winter War. Unfortunately, I didn't find out until after his passing. So let this be a lesson, show some interest in your elders.
TriviaBot (5 months ago)
Too bad the modern lifestyle and prosperity has made us Finns rather soft when compared to the hardy folk we still were in the early-mid 20th century. Not many of us even enjoy skiing anymore.
Eeli Valkama (5 months ago)
Njet molotoff!
ForgottenMan2009 (6 months ago)
An impressive incidence of the Art of Asymmetry.
Jussi Hursti (6 months ago)
My parents & grandparents ( on both sides) that contributed to the Finnish War Effort, in their memory I wish to say THANKYOU for your respectful & honest reporting of what happened... To ALL (including volunteers from outside of Finland) that helped Finland fight for it’s freedom & to survive as a nation I salute you all- from the heart & with RESPECT KIPPIS ! 🍻🍺
Maria Kelly (6 months ago)
Russians, don't mess with the White Death. It won't end well.
Maria Kelly (6 months ago)
Go Finland!
J B (6 months ago)
Finland secret weapons? Angry Birds.
martin tanley (6 months ago)
America's greatest sniper: Chris Kyle "the punisher 💀" 150+ confirmed kills in batlle Finlands greatest sniper and the greatest in world history: simo häyhä "white death👻" 542 confirmed kills in battle .
Mikael Rehbinder (5 months ago)
Comparing Snipers using the kill ratio as measuring stick is just stupid. Only people who aren't snipers do that.
Paras Kaikessa (5 months ago)
Rip America!
Connor The Destroyer (6 months ago)
I'm Finnish - And i approve of this message!
capnhands (6 months ago)
Finns made blood sausage out of dead Russian soldiers
Törp Mörp (5 months ago)
capnhands that’s an idea
Randomly Entertaining (6 months ago)
Don't forget Simo also killed 200 more Ruskies with his Sumoi SMG. Also, his used iron sights so he didn't have to raise his head that extra two inches. Where is Säkkijärven polkka? Using an accordian song to detonate Soviet radio mines.
keltar2007 (6 months ago)
Wow...the flyer actually says "comrades"
John Galtman (6 months ago)
The word you can't seem to understand directly, "Sisu" has a direct understanding in the English language, it means being a man, or in the in the secondary understanding manhood. It means to suffer for others, for the future, or in the moment, to be a man.
John Galtman (5 months ago)
+Törp Mörp Yes being a man.
Törp Mörp (5 months ago)
John Galtman it means to do whatever it takes to reach what you are trying to achieve and not giving up no matter what

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