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3 Warfare and Terror in 1918

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The Finnish Civil War was about building armies from scratch. It was a conflict in which the Whites would triumph in the end due to their relatively superior power and training compared to the Reds. However, the fighting, especially in the beginning of the war, was minimal, due to the limited qualities of the amateur armies. Both sides were keen to strengthen their ranks via volunteers, mainly from Russia and Sweden. As a result of the Finnish Civil War, some 38,400 people lost their lives. Toward the end of the 1990s, the Finnish government launched an extensive research project to examine the fates of Finns who died in World War I and the conflicts following it. The project took as its special emphasis the study of victims of the Civil War of 1918 through creating a database of personal and death information for all the casualties.

Keywords: Casualties; Crime Courts; Finnish Civil War; Russia; White Army

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