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Finland's War of Choice: The Troubled German-Finnish Coalition in World War II by [Henrik O. Lunde]

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Henrik Lunde, US Army (ret.) was born in Norway and came to the United States as a child following World War II. After graduating from the University of California he accepted a US Army commission, and in addition to earning a degree in international relations from the University of Syracuse, he is a graduate of the Army's Airborne, Ranger, and Pathfinder courses as well as the Command and General Staff College and the US Army War College. Much of Colonel Lunde's troop assignments were in airborne divisions or in Special Forces. Highly decorated on the battlefield, he served three combat tours in Vietnam, and afterward in the Plans and Policy Branch of Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe. His last Army assignment was Director of National and International Security Studies at the US Army War College. Lunde currently lives in Florida. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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"... a well written, well researched book. It should be part of any World War II students library and is must reading for any student of 20th century European history. It is well done."-- "Kepler's Military History"

"...a fascinating book...rises above just being a basic history of what was in reality a strategic backwater ..."-- "Wargamer"

"...a highly detailed operational history ...a fascinating look at the Continuation War and Finland's alliance with the Third Reich."-- "Kunikov's Reviews"

"...a very interesting and well-written account."-- "Windscreen, Winter 2011"

"...enormously informative...certainly one for the military and political historian and a serious work of scholarship-- "Military Modelcraft International"

"...excellent coverage of otherwise obscure operations near and even above the arctic circle, with word portraits of many commanders and a good many desperate fights, culminating in the brief Finno - German War after the collapse of the alliance. A valuable read for anyone interested in WWII in Europe."-- "The NYMAS Review"

"...likely to be the best book on the diplomatic and military aspects of the conflict published in English for many years...Finland's War of Choice receives a very high recommendation, and it looks like a strong candidate to be named as one of the best new books of the year."-- "Stone & Stone Second World War Books"

"...likely to be the definitive book on the subject for years to come."-- "MiniatureWargaming.Com"

"...offers a solid operational analysis....successfully demonstrates that dining with the Nazi devil required a longer spoon that Finland possessed.-- "Publisher's Weekly"

"...still a touchy subject, Finland was a democratic state allied with the Axis. The subject is tackled frankly and well from political views on all sides...a good read..."-- "Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy"

"...we are used to books that highlight the strains within the Allied Coalition during the war, but Lunde makes clear things were much worse on the other side...Like the author's previous work on the Norwegian campaign, this is likely to become the definitive book on the subject..."-- "Miniature Wargames"

"An under-examined corner of the Eastern Front: united only by their shared Soviet enemy, this coalition's lack of planning and ill-defined objectives meant the Germans stranded an army and the Finns sued for a separate peace."-- "World War II"

"The German-Finnish alliance is a bit of a historical curiosity. Only one democratic country--Finland--allied itself with Nazi Germany. . . . Lunde argues that the alliance really was quite strange and in ways that mattered. . . . The theory, in other words, is that a well-managed alliance between Finland and Germany could have produced victory on the Eastern Front. It's a fascinating argument . . ."-- "Think Progress"

"This is a fascinating look at an important but little known area of fighting during the Second World War. Lunde has produced an excellent history of the crucial fighting in the north, the often confused political and diplomatic background and the troubled relationship between the Finns and their German allies.-- "History of War"

"This was a fascinating book, and even for a non-historian, will serve to enlighten the reader about an era of history that can be very confusing. It describes people realistically, and does not create a "good guy-bad guy" situation, although this is quite an achievement, considering some of the people involved, especially on the Soviet and German sides. This is definitely a "must-read" for anyone interested in World War II in Europe. Don't miss out on it, as it is very reasonably priced, and well produced. Highly recommended"-- "IPMS/USA"

"...a real must for English-only readers interested of Nordic WWII history."--Lars Gyllenhaal
--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B004K1ETK2
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Casemate; Illustrated edition (22 February 2011)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 5390 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 499 pages
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