Winter War

Saturday, January 28, AD 2017

Something for the weekend.  Finlandia Hymn.  My Bride and I are off to Winter War 44, a war gaming and rpg convention that I have been attending since 1976.  Go here to read about it.  We usually pick up some new games from the vendors and more at the game auction.  Twenty-five years ago we brought our four month old twin baby boys through a blizzard to their first war game convention.  Ah, time is a river and the current runs fast.

For the more venturesome, or crazed, among you, here is a link to Open General, a free computer game that has dozens of campaigns and hundreds of scenarios set in various time periods in which you command various military units to achieve the victory conditions of the scenario you are playing.  If you choose to download it, follow the installation instructions carefully.  Happy gaming!

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4 Responses to Winter War

  • An image of Billy Crystal’s character in the movie version of The Princess Bride entered into my mind as I read your post this morning; “Have fun storming da’ castle.”

    Indeed. Have a good break from your law mines. TAC wouldn’t exist without your commitment. No disrespect to the other contributors, however I stand by my statement. 🙂

  • I’m there too, in the dealer room at the Monroe St. Press book table. Did you stop by today and I just didn’t know it? We will be open from 8 am to 2 pm Sunday so please stop by so dear daughter and I can finally meet one of my favorite bloggers! 🙂

  • We walked right by you Elaine and I didn’t make the connection! If you come back next year my Bride and I will do a meet and greet!

  • Thank you for posting Winter War. My dad and his brothers were veterans of WW II’s European theater.
    In the 50s and 60s extensive war footage was shown on TV. We watched as a family and listened to my dad’s commentary on various campaigns. I remember him extolling the bravery of the Finns troops in their guerrilla warfare against the Russians. Snow and invading Russians made an impression on us kids because we had been stationed in Alaska in the mid 50s and remembered the evacuation drills. The threat of the Russians invading from the Soviet military base on Big Dioamede Island was a possibility.

Winter War

Saturday, January 25, AD 2014

 

Something for the weekend.  Today my family is going down to Champaign-Urbana to participate in  Winter War 41 .  I have been participating in this wargaming and rpg gaming extravaganza since 1975.  The only possible song for this weekend is Finlandia Hymn by Jean Sibelius.  The above video is a tribute to the brave Finnish troops who defended their nation against the Soviet Union in the Winter War of 1939-1940 and the Continuation War of 1941-1944.

An English translation of the Finnish lyrics:

O, Finland, behold, your day is dawning,

The threat of night has been banished away,

And the lark of morning in the brightness sings,

As though the very firmament would sing.

The powers of the night are vanquished by the morning light,

Your day is dawning, O land of birth.

  O, rise, Finland, raise up high

Your head, wreathed with great memories.

O, rise, Finland, you showed to the world

That you drove away the slavery,

And that you did not bend under oppression,

Your day is dawning, O land of birth.

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  • Thanks for the interesting article Don. Don’t get to hear much about Finland in this part of the world – except, of course, the 1952 Helsinki Olympics where NZ won 1 gold, and 2 bronze medals.

    Actually, I thought your Winter War was going to be about fighting that accursed Anthropogenic Global Warming which is giving you such a freezing winter up there. 🙂

  • I enjoyed Sebelius’ music. Our kids high school music teacher would feature Sebelius’ music often. The teacher was quite a strong Mason who even took several of the music students to see the movie National Treasure and spent some time pointing out symbolism he thought important for them to know. I didn’t know until later that Sebelius was a well known Mason who composed for Masonic ritual.

  • Ah Don, the highs the next two days in my little town are supposed to -17 and -19 C!

  • Brrrrrrrr…………Mate – I don’t think I’ve ever been in teperatures that cold.
    Meanwhile, high cloud but sunny, a moderate westerly breeze, and 25 C today.
    Eat yer heart out ! 😉

  • anzlyne: I, too, love to hear Sebelius’ music. The music has a life of its own. I ought not say that, for I abhor Wagner.

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Finlandia Hymn

Saturday, February 20, AD 2010

Something for the weekend.  Finlandia Hymn by Jean Sibelius.  The above video is a tribute to the brave Finnish troops who defended their nation against the Soviet Union in the Winter War of 1939-1940 and the Continuation War of 1941-1944.

An English translation of the Finnish lyrics:

O, Finland, behold, your day is dawning,
The threat of night has been banished away,
And the lark of morning in the brightness sings,
As though the very firmament would sing.
The powers of the night are vanquished by the morning light,
Your day is dawning, O land of birth.

 
O, rise, Finland, raise up high
Your head, wreathed with great memories.
O, rise, Finland, you showed to the world
That you drove away the slavery,
And that you did not bend under oppression,
Your day is dawning, O land of birth.

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6 Responses to Finlandia Hymn

  • That was moving, and I’m not even a Finn and I don’t understand a single word. Yet you can get the gist of it just from listening to it..

  • Here’s another version. Janet Sullivan Whittaker has set the text of the Magnificat to the same tune. It’s very lovely and a prayerful metric setting of Mary’s hymn.
    Here is the link to the page with the MP3 and sheet music:
    http://www.ocp.org/compositions/77775#tab:mp3s
    Enjoy!

  • And you also enjoy this piece, Andante Festivo by Sibelius … imo it sounds so much like a hymn.

  • In reality, the Finnish military lost some 20,000 plus troops–the Soviet 1,000,000. My father-in-law was (God rest his soul) a Finnish officer in the war. My mother-in-law (God rest her soul) Lotta.

  • I wish I had some music talent so I could sing along. Being almost 80 yrs old and heard so many songs in my life time, when I hear Finlandia played, it makes me sad and happy all at the same time. No other songhas that effect one me. There has to be something magical, or spiritual about it.

  • Does anyone know whether the Findlandia hymn tune is still under copyright or in the public domain? I’d like to do a choral arrangement.

    I have love the entire tone poem, but especially the hymn since my piano teacher gave me her crumbling copy of the piano arrangement forty or so years ago.