Coastal Artillery Question

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Laurance.Robinson
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Coastal Artillery Question

Post by Laurance.Robinson » 24 Jun 2019 18:07

Am I right in believing that the Coastal Artillery (Rannikkotykistö) were part of the Navy?

Thus the 2 Mannerheim Cross awardees from the Coastal Artillery fall under the number awarded to the Navy.

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Laurance

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Re: Coastal Artillery Question

Post by Mikko H. » 24 Jun 2019 19:50

Yes. Naval Forces (Merivoimat) was composed of two branches, Fleet (Laivasto) and Coast Artillery (Rannikkotykistö). While the Fleet used naval uniforms and ranks, Coast Artillery somewhat confusingly used Army-style uniforms and ranks. That's why Commander of the Naval Forces, Väinö Valve, who was a coast artillery officer, held the rank of lieutenant general.

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Re: Coastal Artillery Question

Post by Laurance.Robinson » 24 Jun 2019 21:29

Mikko H. wrote:
24 Jun 2019 19:50
Yes. Naval Forces (Merivoimat) was composed of two branches, Fleet (Laivasto) and Coast Artillery (Rannikkotykistö). While the Fleet used naval uniforms and ranks, Coast Artillery somewhat confusingly used Army-style uniforms and ranks. That's why Commander of the Naval Forces, Väinö Valve, who was a coast artillery officer, held the rank of lieutenant general.
Thank you Mikko

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