Where Living Begins

Photo taken during the Winter War (1939)

He will feed His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and gently lead those who are with young (Isaiah 40:11)

On a freezing cold day in November 1939, more than one million soldiers from the communist government of the Soviet Union rushed across the border into the nation of Finland. The Finns, severely outnumbered and outgunned held off the invasion for two months, but finally lost the battle. The Finns suffered enormous losses: 43,557 were wounded, 25,904 were killed, and 11% of the nation annexed. Two and a-half months after the Winter War began, it ended. All of Finland became a puppet territory of the Soviets.

A group of Finnish soldiers captured seven Soviet soldiers and sentenced to death. The evening before their death sentences were to be carried out, one…

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