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Book One World War Three 1946

Book One World War Three 1946
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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

From the personal diary of Yrjö Kallinen

July 11th 1946

The first Soviet Air raid on Helsinki took place last night. The damage at first glance seems fairly significant, many buildings have been reduced to rubble, but the majority of the bombs I suspect were aimed at Suomelinna. The Port inspectorate will spend the rest of the day at least checking the docks for unexploded bombs and mines, but the main victims have been the fish in the sea.

Unconfirmed reports state that at least 8 of the Soviet big bombers were shot down, and many of the smaller ones, but knowing how the rumour mill works, it'll be one bomber shot down 8 times. Our Airforce has largely escaped, it seems the decision to disperse them and using those obsolete old British planes as decoys may not be such a bad idea. They don't have the armament to stop the bombers, unlike the others we have waiting. I have made a formal request for RADAR sets from the British but from what they have said, the chances of them being operational anytime soon to be useful is slim to nil.

On the good news front, we still have some of the German night fighters left here after the terms of the continuation war, and many of the German bombers Hitler left us are still operational. This is on top of all the Soviet planes we have from the Continuation war.

We have further good news, the Swedes and Norwegians have entered the war now. What that will cost us is yet to be seen, but I and the foreign minister are certain, it will be less then it would cost us from the Soviets had they not.

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