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Army July 7, 2011
The Winter War: The Russo-
Finnish War of 1939-40
Author: William R. Trotter
Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd, 2002
Reviewer: Gregory Jarosch
WILLIAM Trotter has mag-
nificently captured the frightful
conflict between two territorial
neighbours in 1939-40. A time
when high-stakes brinkmanship
and cavalier demands for "mutu-
ally beneficial security arrange-
ments" were one sided.
Enter Finland, population four
million, bordering a multicultural
Soviet Union, population 169 mil-
lion (at the time Australia's popula-
tion was just under seven million).
Add Soviet territorial expansion
objectives disguised as "mutual
security and assistance needs" in
places like Poland, Estonia, Latvia,
Lithuania and then Finland and you
Say again, over
If you can think
of a clever, witty
caption for the
petition July 7"
in the subject
line. Keep entries
under 25 words.
name, rank and
June 23 winner
"Even though my pack
is full and extremely
heavy, my ass still has
to carry the mortar
126 Sig Sqn
We also liked ...
"The latest round of
defence cuts to Army
was big, but you'd
think they would send
a manual of where to
put the petrol."
WO2 John Ferguson
"Ok, check take away
order: mule, tripod,
gold tassels ... hey,
where's the vindaloo."
Maj Rob Orr
Cold hard truths about war
had all the ingredients for a major
"side show" conflict.
What followed was a see-saw
conflict over three of the most
severe winter months in the
On the Soviet side, unbelievably
vast stocks of war materiel -- troops,
tanks, trucks, heavy artillery and
aircraft, bolstered by draconian
measures where "failure" was
rewarded by summary execution.
On the Finnish side, arctic
survival skills and tactics, white
snow suits, skis, Suomi submachine
guns, Molotov cocktails and gre-
nades, bolstered by the knowledge
there was no safe refuge if the
Mannerheim Line of defences col-
In the end, despite exacting 10
or more Soviet casualties for every
Finn casualty, territory was given
up for national survival.
A harrowing tale of struggle
with no League of Nations mate-
riel support, to at least hold one's
ground. A conflict which left the
West (both axis and allies) none the
wiser in terms of how best to deal
with the Soviets on equal terms.
Subaru Forester turbo S edition
Engine: 2.5-litre boxer engine
193kW, 347Nm of torque.
Test vehicle RRP: $50,990
Reviewer: Sgt Andrew Hetherington
EVER wondered what it would
be like to own an all-wheel-drive,
family-sized wagon which could
give a Holden SS Commodore or
Ford XR8 a run for its money in a
dash to 100km/h?
Well you can if you choose to
park a turbo Subaru Forester S edi-
tion in your shed.
The turbo edition sits at the top
of the Subaru Forester range tree.
In comparison to the XT turbo vari-
ant, it's more powerful by 24kWs,
faster to 100km/h by (a claimed)
1.4 seconds and about $5000 more
Available only with a five-speed
automatic, it has remarkable accel-
eration in any gear due to the steer-
Its 193kW, 2.5-litre, four-cyl-
inder boxer pumps out 347Nm of
torque between 2800-4800rpm,
propelling lucky occupants to
100km/h in a claimed 6.5 seconds.
The engine is such a cracker,
owners will find themselves trans-
ported to another dimension of
driving, changing up and down
gears using the rally-like paddles,
to exploit the acceleration and
torque, rivalling that of a WRX,
which incidentally has only two
more kW and four Nm of torque
less.Sharp bends, flowing corners
and roundabouts are eaten up with
ease and you'll have to look over
your shoulder into the back seat to
remind yourself if you have passen-
gers or livestock present.
Mildly bolstered front leather
trimmed seats just do the duty of
keeping you in place during tight
cornering, but never the less they
Luggage space in the cargo area
is adequate if a family of four-plus
is willing to pack conservatively
and stack luggage beyond the back
seat height. A removable cargo bar-
rier would solve the problem and
the potential for suitcases becom-
Inside, the kit list is extensive
including digital climate controlled
airconditioning, in-dash satellite
navigation with a seven-inch touch
screen, metal sports driver's pedals,
six-speaker CD/DVD system with
subwoofer, and bluetooth wire-
less phone connectivity. Outside,
apart from silver roof rails and
an electric sunroof, the S edition
gets 17-inch, 12-spoke STI alloy
wheels, a rear-mounted spoiler,
dual exhaust pipes and self-level-
ling xenon headlights, which turn
night into day.
Safety also featured highly with
a five-star ANCAP rating, pro-
vided by six airbags, four-wheel
anti-lock disc brakes, brake assist,
electronic brakeforce distribution,
a rear view reverse camera, sym-
metrical all-wheel drive and vehicle
Up to speed: The new Subaru Forester turbo S has everything you could wish for and more.
Photo by Sgt Andrew Hetherington
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