World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF GERMANY (North): Cool-off in Finland

Four weeks after the armistice with Russia, war-drained Finland was still trying to throw out the once-welcome German guest. Russia joined in at the Arctic Ocean to speed the parting. With Petsamo's nickel mines threatened by the Russian drive and a Lapland winter making up, the German determination to stick around was beginning to cool. Helsinki was still hopeful that it would be able to demobilize its soldiers by Dec. 5—the armistice deadline.

When Finland surrendered, most of the Germans in northern Finland were dug in near the nickel mines and the Norwegian...

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