high-definition documentary film features authentic
re-enactments of the Soviet Union's invasion of Finland, and
reveals how Finland’s spirited 105-day defense in a
“frozen hell” helped change the course of what would soon
become World War II. In November of 1939, when Finland
was invaded by the Soviet Union, no one expected this tiny
nation would resist the largest military force in the world.
Also, no one anticipated one of the coldest winters in
recorded history. Outnumbered and outgunned, Finns knew the
war was not about territory; it was a total war for their very
existence as a people. The Winter War was an epic life and
death struggle that changed the course of World War II, and
saved a democracy.
war begins with the aerial bombardment of Helsinki. Fires rage
in the city. Dazed citizens run for their lives. Poorly
equipped Finnish troops face a massive Red Army attack
supported by thousands of tanks, heavy artillery, and
airplanes. The invasion is almost three times larger than the
Allied landing at Normandy on D-Day. The Russians are
confident of a quick victory.
Finnish poet remembers how the war started. We enter her world
as a child of eleven. An American remembers how at 21, he
volunteered to drive an ambulance as he leads us deep into the
frozen forests of northern Finland. The narrative is enriched
with the contemporary accounts of journalists and soldiers on
both sides of the conflict, many from war diaries translated
into English for the first time. Historians provide unique
insight and perspective. Rare archive footage, enhanced by
meticulous attention to historical detail in re-creating
scenes of both the battlefront and home front, brings this
history to life.
soldiers improvise a defense. They attack tanks with Molotov
cocktails and crowbars. Finland’s women form a unique corps
called Lotta Svärd. And as temperatures descend to 50 below
zero, their mastery of winter becomes a strategic advantage.
Finnish resistance is relentless. They know this war is not
about changing borders; their lives, their independence and
their identity as a people and a nation is at stake. They
unite against a common enemy as never before