Why did Finland declare war on Germany?

Finland resisted the Soviet pressure. … As tension increased between Germany and the USSR, Finland saw in Hitler a possible ally in gaining back its lost territory. German troops were allowed on Finnish soil as the Germans prepared for their invasion of the Soviet Union—a war that the Finns joined.

Did Finland fight with Germany?

In fact, Finland allied itself with Nazi Germany during the second world war not to prevent Soviet conquest but to win back territories lost to the USSR as a result of the winter war of 1939-40. The peace treaty that ended the war in March 1940 left Finnish independence intact.

Why didn’t Germany invade Sweden?

Hitler did not invade Sweden because he did not want to waste valuable troops in Scandinavia when he had other concerns. The Swedes proved their neutrality by not letting Germany use Swedish airspace: when the Germans flew over Sweden to attack Norway, the Swedes fired back with anti-aircraft guns.

Are Finland and Russia allies?

Relations with Russia are cordial and common issues include bureaucracy (particularly at the Vaalimaa border crossing), airspace violations, development aid Finland gives to Russia (especially in environmental problems that affect Finland), and Finland’s energy dependency on Russian gas and electricity.

Does Finland have a strong military?

Finland’s official policy states that a wartime military strength of 280,000 personnel constitutes a sufficient deterrent. The army consists of a highly mobile field army backed up by local defence units.

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Finnish Defence Forces
Military age 17-18
Conscription 165, 255, or 347 days term

Why did England declare war on Finland?

Germany provided Finland with military equipment because Hitler saw the strategic advantage of the Finns’ co-operation in an attack on the Soviet Union. … Britain declared war on Finland, Hungary and Romania on 5 December 1941, following the signing of the Tri-partite Pact and Finland’s alliance with Germany.

Why did Russia lose to Finland?

There was mistrust between the two countries. Finland believed the Soviet Union wanted to expand into its territory and the Soviet Union feared Finland would allow itself to be used as a base from which enemies could attack. … A faked border incident gave the Soviet Union the excuse to invade on 30 November 1939.

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