The Finland Wartime Photo Archive: 160,000 Images From World War II Now Online

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From the The Finnish Defence Forces comes the Finnish Wartime Pho­to­graph Archive, a col­lec­tion of 160,000 pho­tographs tak­en dur­ing World War II when Fin­land fought to free itself from Nazi Ger­many and the Sovi­et Union. Pre­served in their orig­i­nal state, the pic­tures “por­tray life on the home front, ruins from bomb­ings, the war indus­try and events that hap­pened behind the front lines.” As you can imag­ine, some of the pho­tos can be dis­turb­ing.

On a brighter note, let me add this. You can down­load each and every pho­to, and use them for edu­ca­tion­al pur­pos­es. The archive only asks that you give prop­er attri­bu­tion by men­tion­ing “SA-kuva” as the source. And, indeed, “SA-kuva” should be giv­en cred­it for the image above.

You can enter the com­plete archive here.

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  • ulha says:

    “Fin­land fought to free itself from Nazi Ger­many and the Sovi­et Union” To be pre­cise, most of the time in WW II Fin­land was an ally of Nazi Ger­many (1941–44), before it changed sides in 1944.

  • Snikczar says:

    Fin­land was a co- bel­liger­ent of Nazi Ger­many to be pre­cise. Fin­land fought with Ger­many AGAINST the USSR but did­n’t sup­port the Nazi ide­ol­o­gy.….

  • historia says:

    Fin­land start­ing out in the war being invad­ed by the Sovi­et Union, then an ally of Nazi Ger­many. The Ger­man inva­sion of the USSR made Fin­land an ally of Nazi Ger­many instead of the UK and France, through no fault of their own. It’s an embar­rass­ing aspect of the war to every­one.

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