Norwegian volunteers and the "Continuation War"

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Norwegian volunteers and the "Continuation War"

Post  krimsonglass on Sun 11 Oct 2009 - 10:02

I assume many of you know of the memorial in Norvajärvi that commemorates the Norwegian volunteers that fought on the Finnish-Russian border. Some of you may also be aware of Sverre Kjestrup's speech about his experiences on that front (http://nordiki.no/KJELSTRUP.DOK.doc.

My two questions are why do they use the name Continuation War instead of Eastern Front or WWII, and do they consider their actions on the Finnish-Russian border to be part of the larger world war or a separate war?

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Re: Norwegian volunteers and the "Continuation War"

Post  AltforNorge on Sun 11 Oct 2009 - 23:14

The "Continuation War" is the name for the Finnish attack on CCCP, together with Germany the summer of 1941. The name relates to the "Winterwar" 1939/40. The Finnish attack on CCCP was regarded as a continuiation of the Russian attack on Finnland. Finnland was warned from US/UK that if the Finns waged war exceeding her borders of 1939, Finnland would be considered at war with the allies. Unfortunately they did, and had to pay a high price.

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Re: Norwegian volunteers and the "Continuation War"

Post  krimsonglass on Mon 12 Oct 2009 - 0:11

Did the Norwegian volunteers that fought on the Finnish-Soviet border consider their fight to be part of the Second World War, or separate from it?

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Re: Norwegian volunteers and the "Continuation War"

Post  AltforNorge on Mon 12 Oct 2009 - 23:00

Your question is related to the "Continuitation War" 1941-1944. Yes there were some Norwegians who volountered to fight in the SS, believing they could help Finland. For those the war was a continuitation of the "Winter war". Much to their dismay, they were not put to the Finnish/Russian front, but to the German/Russian front.


Those who volountered in the "Winter War" 1939 - 1940 with an odd exception did not enlist again, as they were busy fighting the Nazis.

In the whole, by my opinion, the groups that volountered to the Winter War 1939-40 did so believing they fought for democrazy, those who volountered in 1941-44 did so believing they fought against Communism.

As you might see, this is a vey hot potato, and most likely there will be posting from others, with a different opinion than mine.

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Re: Norwegian volunteers and the "Continuation War"

Post  Bjørn on Mon 19 Oct 2009 - 21:44

Hello!
There were some that even volunteered in 1918, mostly fighting on the "White" side. From those who volunteered in 39-40 less than 100 were participating in 41-44-

There was a great interest in Finland up here in the war years, and for instance those who enlisted to the Norwegian Legion, did so as they believed they were goung to Finland. At least the majority. And as AltForNorge states.

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