I just can’t belive how GOOD he is.
This Russian soldier sat on the ground and tried to rest his head on his hand. This momentary loss of motion was enough to cause him to freeze in sub minus 40 Celsius, the usual temperature in the Finnish forest during the winter 1939-40.
that makes a fine story, but the temperatures reached only -30°C or slightly higher. sub minus forty degrees was by no means the “usual” reading; it never happened. not that i’m saying that -30°C isn’t cold as tits, but still, the myths about hellish temperatures during the Winter War stem mostly from the war stories of Russian soldiers who were sorely lacking appropriate winter gear, and thus were extremely vulnerable to the biting cold. this ain’t the Antarctica, kids.
This ain’t Antarctica, but damn near. The right temperatures of the coldest days of winter war are: -33 C in Helsinki, -38 C in Viipuri, -38 C in Jyväskylä and -38 C in Kajaani. On other places, like in Koivisto (in the Karelian Isthmus, on the shore of the Gulf of Finland), the temperature in the morning was a numbing -45 degrees below zero, and in Summa before dawn, a -49 Celsius temperature was reported, while in Taipale the temperature around noon was -39 Celsius. In Ladoga Karelia, -42 Celsius was measured in Loimola.
(Note that the temperatures measured in the morning were much colder than the temperatures measured during the day, i.e. the noon temperature in Summa was above -49 below zero, while the temperature in Taipale before sunrise was probably below -39 Celsius.) On this day the whole Lake Ladoga froze.
WHY I HAVEN’T SEEN THIS BEFORE!?
This was pure nostalgia.