Kansa Taisteli magazine 1957-86 freely available

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Kansa Taisteli magazine 1957-86 freely available

Post by Mikko H. » 24 Jun 2014 18:23

The Finnish Society of Military History has scanned the whole run of magazine Kansa Taisteli 1957-86 and made it freely available on the net:

http://kansataisteli.sshs.fi/

Kansa Taisteli ("The Nation Fought" or more freely "The Nation at War") was a Finnish magazine devoted to veterans' stories about their experiences in the three Finnish wars in 1939-45.

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Re: Kansa Taisteli magazine 1957-86 freely available

Post by Karelia » 24 Jun 2014 19:29

Thanks, that is excellent news!

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Re: Kansa Taisteli magazine 1957-86 freely available

Post by Bill Murray » 24 Jun 2014 20:27

Wow, just Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for the tip and the link, Mikko.

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Re: Kansa Taisteli magazine 1957-86 freely available

Post by John Hilly » 25 Jun 2014 11:41

I used to read issues I got hold on. My family refused to suscribe it for something I don't recall.
My father hated war, so that must have been the reason.

Great to have them digitalized. Thanks for the link Mikko!

With best, J-P :milsmile:
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Re: Kansa Taisteli magazine 1957-86 freely available

Post by Juha Tompuri » 25 Jun 2014 15:37

Thanks for that link Mikko!

Regards, Juha

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Re: Kansa Taisteli magazine 1957-86 freely available

Post by Bill Murray » 25 Jun 2014 15:55

This is not a complaint, but now having finished the first four issues, does it take 5 minutes per issue to load for everyone?
It is the same on a PC or a MAC.

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Re: Kansa Taisteli magazine 1957-86 freely available

Post by igor_verh » 25 Jun 2014 17:51

Great thanks, many intresting information in these magazines :thumbsup:

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Re: Kansa Taisteli magazine 1957-86 freely available

Post by Juha Tompuri » 25 Jun 2014 19:10

Bill Murray wrote:This is not a complaint, but now having finished the first four issues, does it take 5 minutes per issue to load for everyone?
Takes long for me too, but not quite that much.
Perhaps because of site being overloaded/crowded?

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Re: Kansa Taisteli magazine 1957-86 freely available

Post by Bill Murray » 25 Jun 2014 20:10

Very good point Juha. It has only been on this Forum for one day and this is a very aggressive bunch of people when trying to access a new source of information/photos.

I will try again in the middle of the night Finnish time and see if it is faster.

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Re: Kansa Taisteli magazine 1957-86 freely available

Post by Swing » 25 Jun 2014 20:12

A lot of thanks, Mikko. A lot of headaches for researchers :)

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Re: Kansa Taisteli magazine 1957-86 freely available

Post by Bill Murray » 25 Jun 2014 21:24

Just a quick update, at 1600 hours, 5 hours after my original inquiry, the loading time is down to 2-3 minutes depending on the size of the individual magazine I am wanting to look at. Now, I just have to stay awake until 2300 hours!!!

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Re: Kansa Taisteli magazine 1957-86 freely available

Post by Hanski » 27 Jun 2014 11:12

This is a great contribution indeed for all those interested in Finnish history of WWII.

Obviously, the language will be a problem for foreign readers. Can anyone recommend a good Internet on-line translating system for texts in Finnish? Without doubt, this text with its highly specialized military terms is very demanding to translate.

Fortunately, we have the "Breaking the sound barrier" section at the AHF!

By the way, Hakemisto or Index is a great resource at the opening web page on the top right. With your browser's Search function, you can get good connections picked up pointing to articles related to named persons or battlegrounds, for example by searching "Petsamo" this index immediately gave 40 related stories.

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Re: Kansa Taisteli magazine 1957-86 freely available

Post by CanKiwi2 » 27 Jun 2014 12:00

Hanski wrote:This is a great contribution indeed for all those interested in Finnish history of WWII..
Wow! Is all I can say. Totally agree, it's just great!
Hanski wrote:Obviously, the language will be a problem for foreign readers. Can anyone recommend a good Internet on-line translating system for texts in Finnish? Without doubt, this text with its highly specialized military terms is very demanding to translate.
I've tried a couple of different translation software packages in the past but I'm now back to using google translate. It's by no means perfect :cry: but it seems to have improved a lot over the last couple of years and translates rather better than in its earlier versions. If anyone has any suggestions on something better I too would really like to hear - Finnish seems to be a real struggle for most translation software.......

.............Nigel
ex Ngāti Tumatauenga ("Tribe of the Maori War God") aka the New Zealand Army

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Re: Kansa Taisteli magazine 1957-86 freely available

Post by kuuskajaskari » 27 Jun 2014 14:07

Great, just great. :milwink:

A great opportunity for next winter to start learning the Finnish language by reading Kansa Taisteli-leaves.
Adult education institutions, there's definitely English-Finnish-English language courses.
The thesis will then be able to present on this forum.

pp. looks like I need some...

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Re: Kansa Taisteli magazine 1957-86 freely available

Post by John Hilly » 27 Jun 2014 14:13

Google translator has difficulties also vice-versa, from Finnish to English.
The only way i've found easier is to cut down sentences as short as possible and even then I have to use "Improve translation" -function.

While reading "Kansa Taisteli", one must remember that the stories are not scientic history, but personal memories of the veterans. So mistakes are understandible and natural.

With best, J-P :milwink:
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