Too bad the same fighting spirit isn’t being turned against Brussels by the ruling elite, correcting bad mistakes from past decades.

Thousands of troops prepare for Lapland war games

Nearly 5,000 troops will descend on Finnish Lapland from Tuesday for a two-week series of military exercises – the largest annual set of manoeuvres in Finland. The drills will involve thousands of conscripts as well as Defence Force staff and close to 1,000 military vehicles.

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Taistelupanssarivaunu Leopard 2A4 ampui Rovajärvellä vuosi sitten. Image: Puolustusvoimat , Miska Reuhkala

The troops will begin deploying in Rovajärvi in Lapland from Tuesday and Wednesday ahead of the formal start of the exercises on Thursday. Meanwhile military vehicles will move between Ranua and Rovaniemi as well as between Tervola and Rovaniemi. The war games are due to wrap up on June 5.

Apart from conscripts and senior officers the war games will involve tanks, artillery and anti-tank weapons. The participating troops hail from the artillery brigade, the tank brigade, the communications unit and brigades from Kainuu, Karelia, Pori, Uti and Uusimaa as well as Army Academy and the specialist arctic unit, the Jaeger Brigade.

The Rovajärvi firing range is the largest war and firearms training area in Western Europe.


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