During World War I, in 1917, Finland declares its independence. This independence is recognized by the new communist leaders of Russia. At the same time, the breach between left wing and and right wing armed groups becomes hostile. In 1918 the Finnish Civil War between Finnish communists and anti-communists starts. This map shows the initial frontlines and first offensives of the Finnish Civil War at the beginning of February

During World War I, in 1917, Finland declares its independence. This independence is recognized by the new communist leaders of Russia. At the same time, the breach between left wing and and right wing armed groups becomes hostile. In 1918 the Finnish Civil War between Finnish communists and anti-communists starts. This map shows the initial frontlines and first offensives of the Finnish Civil War at the beginning of February

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Baron Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim  (4 June 1867 – 27 January 1951) was the military leader of the  Whites in the Finnish Civil War, Commander-in-Chief of Finland's Defence Forces during World War II, Marshal of Finland, and a Finnish statesman. He was Regent of Finland (1918–1919) and the sixth President of Finland (1944–1946).

Baron Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim (4 June 1867 – 27 January 1951) was the military leader of the Whites in the Finnish Civil War, Commander-in-Chief of Finland's Defence Forces during World War II, Marshal of Finland, and a Finnish statesman. He was Regent of Finland (1918–1919) and the sixth President of Finland (1944–1946).

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Female Finnish Red Guards during the Finnish Civil War 1918.  Maids from Ruovesi.
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German soldiers after the fall of Helsinki in the Finnish civil war 1918. TheRed Guard Headquarter Smolna´s flag thrown to the street

German soldiers after the fall of Helsinki in the Finnish civil war 1918. TheRed Guard Headquarter Smolna´s flag thrown to the street

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Anarchists in the Russian Revolution. Sailors of the battleship Petropavlovsk in Helsinki; black flag calls for "death to the bourgeoisie".

Anarchists in the Russian Revolution. Sailors of the battleship Petropavlovsk in Helsinki; black flag calls for "death to the bourgeoisie".

Tampere - Finnish Civil War 1918 - Red Guard Prisoners on Tampere tori (square)?

Tampere - Finnish Civil War 1918 - Red Guard Prisoners on Tampere tori (square)?

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Machine Gunners, Suomen sisällissota, Finnish Civil War,    photo credit:vapriiki

Machine Gunners, Suomen sisällissota, Finnish Civil War, photo credit:vapriiki

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