NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
13th February, 1940 : The biggest battle of the Winter War is ragging today along the Mannerheim Line, with the Russians flinging six divisions, about 100,000 men, supported by several hundred tanks, into the attack. For the first time since the offensive began, the hard-pressed Finns are not claiming that the enemy has been repelled. In fact, the Finns are being forced to abandon some of their positions along the Mannerheim Line. The Soviet losses in this frontal assault, which began with a tremendous artillery barrage, are enormous – perhaps even as high as 40,000 men – but there is a constant stream of replacements. Soviet bombing raids have also been stepped up, bringing the number of civilians killed in the last three months to nearly 400. The Finns are appealing for help as they make their last stand.