As we delve deeper into the holiday season, battles often become as fierce as winter storms and troop morale can wane. In honor of the winter season and the battles and wars you are currently engaged in, we wanted to share a special blog post with you on winter warfare.
We start off with the Winter War, a military conflict between the Soviet Union and Finland that raged from 1939-1940. The war began with a Soviet offensive against Finland, where the Soviet army seemingly had the upper hand with three times as many infantry soldiers, 30 times the aircraft, and a hundred times as many tanks as the Finnish army. Despite these immense advantages, the Red Army had been recently weakened by Stalin’s Great Purge of 1937. The Great Purge lowered the Soviet army’s morale and efficiency, and saw as many as 30,000 Russian military officers thrown in jail. The Finnish army had higher levels of soldier commitment and morale, which allowed them to resist the Soviet invasion for much longer than expected.
The bleak expanses of Russia have also led to the term Russian Winter, which is used to explain the many military failures of enemies who try to invade Russia. The Russian winter is especially harsh, with average battle temperatures ranging from -20°C (-4°F) to -30°C (-22°F). Russian army victories aided by the cold Russian winter can be seen as far back as 1707, during the Great Northern War. Past Russian militaries also used a “scorched earth” strategy, which involved destroying anything in their own lands that the enemy might take advantage of as they fought deeper into Russia. These tactics, paired with the Russian Winter, made Russian armies a formidable military foe.
Thus concludes our foray into winter warfare. Best of luck in your Evony holiday and winter battles! Dress warmly, and try not to get caught in the snow.