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Soviet frontline propaganda banner directed towards Finns, 1942


This is a Soviet propaganda banner on the front line in Uhtua, North Karelia. It read: "Finland is out of bread, but the war is not over yet". The long-range photograph was taken in June when the Finnish-Soviet front had stabilized for the most part in trench warfare.

Soviet propaganda against Finland saw a significant difference between the Winter War (1939–1940) and the Continuity War (1941–1944). Soviet propaganda during the Winter War centered around the pro-German bourgeoisie and the notion of liberating the Finnish people from capitalist oppression.

The Finns were the invaders in Hitler's lease during the Continuing War. The propaganda became more aggressive, taunting and defamatory. Soviet propaganda did not try to convince the Finns of communist ideals and independence, but that Finnish soldiers should leave while they could essentially destroy them with the Red Army.

Acts of war between the Soviet Union and Finland resumed on 22 June 1941, the day Germany launched its invasion of the Soviet Union, with Finnish covert operations.

On June 25, open warfare began with Soviet air raids. Subsequent Finnish operations reduced the Soviet Union's post-Winter War concessions on the Karelian Isthmus and Ladoga Karelia, and occupied East Karelia by September 1941.


On the Karelian Isthmus, the Finns stopped their offensive 30 km from Leningrad, on the border between the Soviet Union and Finland before World War II. Finnish forces did not directly participate in the Siege of Leningrad, instead keeping their pre-World War II territory on the Karelian Isthmus for two and a half years.

In 1944, the Soviet Air Force launched air strikes on Helsinki and other major Finnish cities. Eventually, in mid-1944, the Soviet strategic offensive drove the Finns out of most of the territories they had gained during the war, but Finnish forces later halted the offensive in July 1944. An armistice ended hostilities on 5 September and was followed by the Moscow armistice on 19 September.

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