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Vehicle History

During the Winter War of 1939-1940 the Finnish Army had one tank battalion of Vickers 6-ton and FT-17 tanks. This force played a small role in the fighting. However, many Soviet vehicles were captured.

In June 1942 the tank forces were organized into a Armored Division. By 1943 the equipment was quite obsolete and 30 StuG IIIs were purchased from Germany. In June 1944 the Soviets launched a major offensive to knock Finland out of the war. An armistice was signed on September 4, 1944.

Purchased Vehicles

Vehicles purchased from Germany
1943 StuG III 30
1944 StuG III 29
  PzKpfw IV 15
  T-34 3

Tanks Available

Tanks available May 31, 1941
BA-20 11
BA-10 10
Landsverk 182 1
T-37 29
T-38 13
T-26E (Vickers 6-ton with 45 mm) 26
T-26 Model 1931 10
T-26 Model 1933 20
T-26 Model 1937 4
T-28 2
OT-26 2
OT-130 4
Komsomolets 62
Vickers M 1933 1
Vickers Mk III 1
FT-17 4

Population

3,700,0001, 3,800,000, 3,834,662

 

Sources:

  1. World War II in Numbers, Peter Doyle, 2013
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site