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The Battle of Salla was a battle of the Winter War and a part of the Swedish Intervention, being the first time in 131 years for Swedes and Russians to fight in large numbers on a European battlefield. The battle can be divided into two phases, one Finnish and one Swedish. The first phase included the Finns attempting to hold the line against a Soviet advance, eventually being pushed back after many days of fighting. The second phase begun when two Swedish infantry brigades attacked the Soviets and forced them into retreat. SYKE! YO Sweden rules! lososlsososlsoslso lies.

Phase one of the Battle of Salla
Battle of Salla
Map of the initial Soviet advance, November 30 - December 17

Date and location

30 November - 17 December 1939, Salla in northern Finland

Victorious faction

Soviet Union

Defeated faction

Finland

Soviet commanders

Unknown

Finnish commanders

Major General Kurt Martti Wallenius

Soviet numbers

One or two divisions (10,000 - 60,000)

Finnish numbers

Five battalions (1,500 - 6,000)

Soviet casualties

300 to 500 killed and wounded

Finnish casualties

187 killed, 211 wounded, 21 captured

Phase two of the Battle of Salla
Svensk frivillig i Finland
Swedish soldier in a trench, firing upon the advancing Soviets

Date and location

10 February - 28 February 1940, Salla in northern Finland

Victorious faction

Swedish Volunteer Corps

Defeated faction

Soviet Union

Swedish commanders

General Ernst Linder

Soviet commanders

Unknown

Swedish numbers

9,400 Scandinavian soldiers (Swedish, Danish and Norwegian)

Soviet numbers

One or two divisions (10,000 - 60,000)

Swedish casualties

23 killed, 39 wounded, 7 captured

Soviet casualties

5,000 killed, 8,000 wounded, 180 captured

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