On 6 December 1917 Finland declared independence from Russia, ending its autonomy within Russia as the Grand Duchy of Finland. Thirty two years later they would find themselves battling against the might of the Red Army as the Soviet Union attempted to crush their Nordic neighbour.

The photo below shows a Finnish machinegun crew during the Winter War.

Source: Wikipedia

If you would like to read more about the Winter War take a look at Finland at War: The Winter War 1939–40, as well as Elite 141: Finland at War 1939–45 and Elite 193: World War II Winter and Mountain Warfare Tactics.