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Unfortunately I could not see it from the video, but my best guess for your question 1.) is that the medal given was the Memorial Medal of the Winter War for foreigners.
Please use the following phrase as a search term for Google, so you will see some items advertised in militaria trade:
Talvisodan muistomitali ulkomaalaisille
The most common is the black one (iron), but it also exists in bronze.
Can't help you much at the moment, but here something to begin with:Dr Eisvogel wrote:Additional complication is the fact that during the Winter War Croatia wasn't independent, so he might have had either Yugoslav, Italian, Hungarian or any other citizenship or simply be stateless.
http://www.axishistory.com/index.php?id=6299Tapani wrote:Hungarians volunteers
Only Hungarians sent volunteers as an organized unit according to the initial Finnish requirements. The unit consisted of 346 officers and men with one month of training in Hungary. These men reached Finland in March 2nd and were stationed to Lapua for further training in Detachment Sisu. Their commander was Captain Imre Keméri-Nagy, a right-wing activist with experience from the fighting that ensued when Hungary occupied parts of Slovakia in 1938.
Apart from this battalion there were about twenty Hungarians who had volunteered on individual basis. Most of these men were sent to Detachment Sisu and some of these later joined the Hungarian company when the company arrived in Lapua.
After the war the Hungarians were sent for a while to the Lappeenranta garrison and finally returned home in May 1940.
According to official Finnish figures there were following numbers of volunteers by nationality on March 13th.
United Kingdom 13
Without nationality 15
Juha Tompuri wrote:Only Hungarians sent volunteers as an organized unit according to the initial Finnish requirements. The unit consisted of 346 officers and men with one month of training in Hungary.
Apart from this battalion there were about twenty Hungarians who had volunteered on individual basis.
Without nationality 15
Jagala wrote:Some of the volunteers are mentioned by name in the war diary of "Osasto Sisu", including the one listed as Yugoslavian:
My ability to decipher handwriting fails me this time, but I don't think the first letter is either P or B.
Tero T wrote:Good Day Brent!
With reference to your volunteer question. I interviewed one of these veterans several months ago. His name is Godfrey Millington Hogg. An extroardinary man. I will be writing a biography on him for the KevOs4 website when I have a chance to run it through with Godfrey first to check for errors. Godfreys name shows up in Justin Brooke's book the " The volunteers" . He was training to be an airgunner in the Finnish airforce when the Winter War ended. He like many other volunteers from England were moved to Sweden . Here he was able to get a diplomatic flight out in 1942 to England . The previous flight was shot down by the Germans for some reason. He wound up as a tank commander through Italy and northern Europe Holland and into Germany. A remarkable person of great character. Regards Tero T
CanKiwi2 wrote:Don Willis is now in his fourth Air Force, having been through the Finnish, Norwegian and British services. April 1943.
Six volunteer foreign pilots were given training at ISK between February and March 1940. In elementary training were Danish Cpl (Res.) Petter Pettersen and American Cpl.(Res.) Donald Willis. Their training was stopped after the Winter War and they never finished pilot training in Finland.
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