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The Lemetti Pocket / Motti (Jan - Feb 1940)
In the opening stages of the Winter War the Soviet Eighth Army launched an offensive against the Finnish IV Army Corps north of Lake Lagoda. The plan was to take Sortavala and Joensuu before attacking the main Mannerheim defence line (which lay across the K...
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The Fight for Sortavala & the Northern Shore of Lake Lagoda - The Finnish / Russian Continuation War (1941-44)
The drive from St Petersburg, Russia to Sortavala on the northern shore of Lake Lagoda takes the traveller through a sparsely populated landscape of exposed rock, trees and lakes. In the summer the days are long, the temperatures balmy and the air is black ...
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The Transit Camp at Hanko, Finland (1943 - 44)
A couple of months ago I accepted an invitation from Jan Fast to visit Hanko in Finland. Jan and his rotating team of volunteers are excavating Durchgangslager Hanko, a transit camp set up by the Wehrmacht following a decision by Sweden, in August 1943, not...
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The Viking Ships of Roskilde, Denmark
The Viking Ships of Roskilde, Denmark
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The Viking Ships of Roskilde, Denmark
One of the great things about Copenhagen is that the 48 hour travel card available to tourists can be used on Denmark's suburban railways. Therefore, it is perfectly reasonable to jump on a train and take a day trip out to Roskilde which is a town whose ide...
The Viking Ships of Roskilde, Denmark
The Viking Ships of Roskilde, Denmark
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Vaxholm Fortress - Stockholm's Lock
Vaxholm Fortress - Stockholm's Lock
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Vaxholm Fortress - Stockholm's Lock
The island of Vaxholm is a leisurely boat ride from the city of Stockholm and makes for a lovely day trip with it's brightly coloured houses, picturesque harbour and quant waterside restaurants. There are two shipping routes through the archipelago which si...
Vaxholm Fortress - Stockholm's Lock
Vaxholm Fortress - Stockholm's Lock
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Britain's Last Invasion - Fishguard (1797)
A family walking holiday in beautiful Pembrokeshire proved to be a great opportunity to investigate the last invasion of Britain. Following the French Revolution, there was an expectation that the days of the aristocracy were numbered - not just on mainland...
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Corporal Sidney Day VC - 11th Battalion Suffolk Regiment
On Saturday 26th August a commemorative paving stone in honour of Corporal Sidney Day VC was unveiled adjacent to the Norwich City War Memorial. Almost exactly 100 years prior to this date, on the 24th August 1917, Sidney Day earnt his Victoria Cross throug...
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