Sid Guttridge wrote:Hi Gulo and JTV,
Can you supply some more information?
I am not sure how useful these are, but what I can remember:
1. Guy named Laitila wrote his wartime memoirs years back. He fought as NCO in mortar platoon belonging to one of the Jaeger Battalions during Winter War. Early in the war (December 1939?) he and another soldier run into three Soviets in a forest and Corporal Laitila only had hand grenades and Parabellum pistol with him. Hence they threw hand grenades at the Soviets and Laitila shot one of them with his pistol.
2. Told by veteran who served in Armor Division in meeting of Tanker's Guild years ago: Armor Division was stationed in city of Äänislinna / Petrozavodsk most of Continuation War. One evening while walking in the city alone he was attached by two Soviets who had knives (partisans or common criminals - what is certain is that they were in civilian clothes) in an alley. They would have probably killed him, if he did not have a pistol - he shot one of the attackers which caused the another one to flee. He obviously did not have any other firearm with him at the time, which might explain why he was selected as a target.
3. Told by another veteran in a gunshop also years ago: He and another Finnish soldier had been captured in a battle by the Soviets sometime during Continuation War. The veteran had his own privately owned small .25 ACP caliber pistol in pocket and the Soviets who captured them did two mistakes - first they failed to inspect properly if their POWs had any weapons and then left their two prisoners with only one guard. At some point he succeeded slipping the pistol from his pocket inside a mitten (this happened winter-time) and shot the unsuspecting guard from point blank range. With the only guard gone they succeeded escaping and reaching their own unit.
EDIT: Fixed some typos.