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Today is 80 years since the Soviet invasion of Finland started. The first morning bombing of Helsinki was against military targets: a mitalry base, railyards, an airfield. The city itself only received leaflets.
An afternoon bombing was supposed to be against naval vessels, but they had been moved away. The secondary target was Helsinki harbour and docks. Either they were horribly missed or there was a change of plans, as the bombs dropped on the city itself.
91 people died the first day, 7-year-old Armi amongst them. She became a symbolf for the civilian victims of the Winter War. It was long claimed that she was the very first victim, but that was proably a bit of propaganda.
A horrible casualty of the war. As many would follow in the next years of bombing terror against big cities.
I wish I could remember where I downloaded them, probably archive.org, but earlier today I listened to some radio news coverage about the bombings by Elmer Davis of CBS. Included was a bit about how German newspapers refused to cover it, citing that they didn’t have any reliable sources and they wouldn’t report it without reliable sources.