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Fire and Ice: The Winter War of Finland and Russia (2006)

Fire and Ice: The Winter War of Finland and Russia Summary: The Winter War was an epic life and death struggle that changed the course of World War II, and saved a democracy. Fire and Ice ... See full synopsis »

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Ben Strout

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Ben Strout
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Credited cast:
Jason Agnello Jason Agnello ... (voice)
Joe Brady Joe Brady ... (voice)
Phillip Courtney Phillip Courtney ... (voice)
Paul Gitsis Paul Gitsis ... (voice)
Boris Gorlin Boris Gorlin ... (voice)
Hart N. Hasten Hart N. Hasten ... (voice)
Janne Huotari Janne Huotari ... (voice)
Petteri Laukkanen Petteri Laukkanen ... (voice)
Sami Manninen Sami Manninen ... (voice)
Arian Moayed ... (voice)
Juhana Myllyniemi Juhana Myllyniemi ... (voice)
Ernest Nurullaev Ernest Nurullaev ... (voice)
Les Pace Les Pace ... (voice)
Kalle Pekkala Kalle Pekkala ... (voice)
Phil Riesen Phil Riesen ... Narrator
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Fire and Ice: The Winter War of Finland and Russia

Summary: The Winter War was an epic life and death struggle that changed the course of World War II, and saved a democracy. Fire and Ice documents this timeless story of courage against all odds by a people united to preserve their freedom. In November of 1939, when Finland was invaded by the Soviet Union, no one expected this tiny nation would resist the largest military force in the world. Also, no one anticipated one of the coldest winters in recorded history. Outnumbered and outgunned, Finns knew the war was not about territory; it was a total war for their very existence as a people. The war begins with the aerial bombardment of Helsinki. Fires rage in the city. Dazed citizens run for their lives. Poorly equipped Finnish troops face a massive Red Army attack supported by thousands of tanks, heavy artillery, and airplanes. The invasion is almost three times larger than the Allied landing at Normandy on D-Day. The Russians are ...

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1 February 2006 (USA) See more »

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MasterWork Media,WFYI See more »
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Director Ben Strout had all archival material for "The Winter War" converted to HD and delivered on hard drives from Finland, Germany, and the US in 2005 before the 'war' between Blu-Ray and High-definition was decided. It was edited completely in HD. It first aired on PBS in Boston in full HD. Strout waited until that HD 'battle' was decided before releasing "Fire and Ice" on DVD in Blu-Ray format. See more »

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A great learning experience
18 June 2013 | by stevefoulksSee all my reviews

I live in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan which has a large population of Finish Americans. This movie appeared on our local PBS station recently. I was aware that Russia had always wanted to dominate Finland. I was not aware that they had fought a war against each other. In my opinion the movie was an excellent documentary. It described in detail the issues leading up to the war, how Russia implemented their strategy, and the response of the whole Finish nation. I have always found the Finish people to be very gentle and kind, but this movie demonstrated their ferocity when facing extraordinary pressure. I highly recommend this movie for any history buff.


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