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Post by Juha Tompuri » 20 Nov 2005 18:15

Thanks Esa,

Again an interesting and well made question :)
I first checked the fist names of the two Bäckmans I knew ( they were Kurt, the commander of the II/JR20 and the Rafael, the adjutant of Mannerheim) so...those traces led nowhere. Then I figured that they could perhaps be Swedish volunteers...nothing came from there too...
Then ( with help from google) I refreshed my memory, and got the Thorén - Talvela. Instantly I also remembered Strömberg - Siilasvuo and Johansson - Airo.
Bäckman and Wichman were the most difficult ones for me.

New Q, what was the personal weapon of the Commander of the so called "Partisan" Brigade, 1942 at Maaselkä Isthmus?

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Post by Tapani K. » 20 Nov 2005 18:28

Juha, do you mean the Mauser shown in the picture in this thread: http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?t=71879 ?

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Post by Juha Tompuri » 20 Nov 2005 18:50

Tapani K. wrote:Juha, do you mean the Mauser shown in the picture in this thread: http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?t=71879 ?
Yep :)

I had a thought about should I delete that pic or not. Well, I didn't, and my question "lasted" only 13 min.
The field for next ( more difficult than mine, for sure ) question is yours, Tapani

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Post by Tapani K. » 20 Nov 2005 20:54

Thanks, Juha. Now, let's see how difficult this one is:

A Finnish newspaper described an event at the Western Front relying too heavily on Western sources. Therefore, the authorities ordered the newspaper to cease publishing. What was the newspaper ?

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Post by Esa K » 21 Nov 2005 14:21

Was the newspaper "Svenska Pressen"...?


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Post by Tapani K. » 21 Nov 2005 14:46

Svenska Pressen indeed and the "event" I mentioned was the Normandy Invasion.

Well done and, once again, please take over.

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Post by Esa K » 21 Nov 2005 16:49

Thanks Tapani K.

Had a vague idea of the answer, but to be sure, had to make a fast chek in this: Vilkuna, Kustaa: Sanan valvontaa : sensuuri 1939-1944 Helsinki : Otava, 1962.


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Name the races/breeds of the two dogs that in one way or another during the Continuation War became a part of the history of LeLv.24. Add also to the answer the reson to why they became a part of the units history...?


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Post by Juha Tompuri » 21 Nov 2005 19:03

Esa K wrote:Name the races/breeds of the two dogs that in one way or another during the Continuation War became a part of the history of LeLv.24. Add also to the answer the reson to why they became a part of the units history...?

Maybe:


1) Irish Setter Peggy Brown:
In July 1941 Karhunen and Kokko went to Varkaus one evening to visit "Lapra" Nissinen who was in the hospital having been wounded in an air battle. The pilots happened to meet a young lady with a beautiful Irish Setter, and Karhunen stopped to admire the dog. The owner complained how difficult it was to feed the dog when all food was rationed. Since the dog, whose name was Peggy Brown, seemed to like the men, it was agreed that Karhunen would keep the dog for the duration of the war. The setter jumped in Kokko's BMW without any hesitation. Major Magnusson did not object to the mascot, because she would provide the pilots of the flight with diversion and pastime. As soon as Peggy Brown got used to her new environment, she used to see the pilots off when the fighters were scrambled, then she went in the radio room to listen to the radio traffic. When the pilots engaged the enemy, the dog understood from the tone of the voices that her friends were in danger, and she began to whimper and walk around. As the pilots returned to the base, the dog would welcome them home. Peggy Brown became the most famous mascot of the Finnish military forces, providing good photo opportunities. She was returned to her owner in late 1944, but one year later she died of a thyroid problem.
http://www.elknet.pl/acestory/karhu/karhu.htm

Image Capt. Karhunen and Peggy Brown
http://www.sci.fi/~fta/finace11.htm


2) A German shepherd as a "passanger" at a Pearl of the Sky
it (Brewster, JT) had a roomy cockpit and room in the fuselage, as we used to say, for a poker gang. We unofficially transported mechanics, spare parts, oil canisters etc. in our Brewsters. Once, though two pilots went a little too far - a flight sergeant was flying, and in the fuselage was a second lieutenant, his friend, his dog and a lot of baggage. Upon landing the plane went off the runway and the suitcase came out. Both pilots were punished. Humorously, the lieutenant's sentence started with:"As the commander of the crew of a single-seat fighter.."

Image The unfortunate "Transport Brewster", BW-354 at Immola October 15, 1942
http://www.sci.fi/~fta/finace01.htm

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Post by Esa K » 21 Nov 2005 21:10

Maybe this too was to easy...? Anyway, highest grade to Juha Tompuri in Aerial-Canaine knowledge...

...and, as yesterday, Congratulatins and over to Myllykoski...




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Post by Juha Tompuri » 21 Nov 2005 23:01

Esa K wrote:Maybe this too was to easy...? Anyway, highest grade to Juha Tompuri in Aerial-Canaine knowledge...
:D
The Peggy Brown was easy, but the Schäfer one puzzled me a while.
..and, as yesterday, Congratulatins and over to Myllykoski...
...and as yesterday...an interesting and well made question :)

New one, name the person standing

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Post by Mikko H. » 22 Nov 2005 07:44

Aladàr Paasonen

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Post by Juha Tompuri » 22 Nov 2005 11:06

Yep,

Colonel Aladàr Antero Zoltan Bela Gyula Arpad Paasonen.
His mother was Hungarian?
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Post by Mikko H. » 22 Nov 2005 11:37

Aladàr Paasonen was born in Budapest on 11 December 1898. His father was a professor of Fenno-Ugristic at the University of Helsinki and married to a Hungarian lady. Aladàr also married a Hungarian.

I will post a new question later today.

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Post by Juha Tompuri » 22 Nov 2005 15:43

Mikko H. wrote: His father was a professor of Fenno-Ugristic at the University of Helsinki
Heikki Paasonen ?

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Post by Mikko H. » 22 Nov 2005 17:04

Probably Heikki Paasonen, but I don't have the sources with me so can't say for certain.

Now the question:

In late August - early September 1941 Infantry Regiment 8 destroyed a motti in Kutismajoki. The motti was soon named the paskamotti (shit motti) -- what's the story on the name?

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