So I have to reinvent the wheel every time for you?
Ryti was a representative of high finance and had been all his life. Making rich people even richer was what he cared about, or he would have become a classroom assistant instead, or whatever. Politically he was a looser who had tried several times to become president of Finland, a post he only got in the end when no other candidates were possible because of foreign pressure. As a lawyer, he was also extremely unforgiving towards the Reds of the Civil War and kept blocking plans to give them amnesty. His only worry regarding the Nazis was on a personal level, because he knew that when Neuropa knocked on the door he would be out in the cold, which can be a particular nasty thing in Finland.
Mannerheim was an unpleasant and grumpy old aristocrat who had been born a century too late and in any other country would have been put in his right place (like his equivalent, the Danish King Christian X). He was an anti-democrat who had failed miserably on the political front - like Ryti. He was a great admirer of Germany and often visited the country, horse riding being one of his favourite past times when he was there, I believe, visiting some of his rich aristocratic friends. He was too conservative to be a Nazi, because around this time even the Nazis had realised that common people can't be kept as slaves for the upper class and aristocracy eternally. He might have admired the British, but so did Hitler - and of course in Britain the aristocracy was still well-respected and going strong. Seeing Finland under Nazi rule would hardly have been unbearable for Mannerheim, though, who would in all probability have been offered the job as local dictator and accepted it.
Heinrichs, general and known as Mannerheim's right hand (no pun intended), former officer in the German army, married to a German immigrant. Yes, very anti-German, I'm sure!
Rolf Witting was deliberately chosen as Foreign Secretary so the Finnish government could have some German-loving closet Fascist to grease their Nazi partners with. Anyone knows that.
J W Rangell, whom Ryti chose as prime minster, believe it or not, was Ryti's old friend from the world of high finance and politically a total non-entity. A sad little marionette to the sad little man with the bushy mustache who had managed to become Finland's president. Some say he was chosen because Ryti's superstitious wife had seen his face in her crystal ball.
Walden, a general and Mannerheim's chum from the good old days of the Civil War. Notoriously cynical businessman.
Tanner, Social Democrat party leader who jumped on the first opportunity he could find to detach himself from the "inner circle". And who wouldn't!
By Finnish laws being a member of military excludes possibility of being a member of a political party so fail to see the relevance of that - however being a minister requires no political background or membership in a party, actually none of the ministers are required to be in any way affiliated with any party - all that matters is if the standing government (ministers) have the confidence or trust of the parliament.
I have never said anything else. I was merely pointing out the obvious incompetence of this bunch in regard to politics.
That would be news to me. Who might they have been? Any basis for this claim?
I'm sorry. You're right, I'm wrong. I forgot that they had all completely changed their personality in the meantime, deeply regretted the thousands of people they had murdered in cold blood and gone on to become the founding fathers of Amnesty International. My mistake.
Huh? Finnish church interwoven with IKL? Any basis for the claim?
Check the history book they gave you at primary school.
In Finnish leaderships case it seems to have clearly been the former given how the situation was viewed at the time. Finnish cooperation ended where the Finnish needs for it ended.
Yes, the cooperation and the Greater Finland dreams were conveniently scrapped the moment they weren't seen as opportune and profitable any more.
Seems the real-Finns are in desperate need of a reality check these days.Regards, Vely