This Day in Politics: January 19: The Finnish Civil War



This Day in Politics: January 19: The Finnish Civil War

I’m going to focus on specific events from now on rather than going on about a bunch of different political events so today I’ll discuss the first major battle of the Finnish Civil War which took place on January 19, 1918.

In the March of 1917 there weren’t really any army forces or police to keep order in Finland so the right and left were busy building security troops. This ultimately lead to the emergence of two paramilitary forces, the White Guards and Red Guards.

There arose among the Finns an atmosphere of political violence, fear, and mistrust. Fighting broke out during January 1918 due to acts by both the Reds and Whites in a spiral of military and political escalation.

The Reds carried out a failed general offensive from mid February to early March and things got uglier from there until the resolution finally ended.

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