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During World War I, in 1917, Finland declares its independence. This independence is recognized by the new communist leaders of Russia. At the same time, the breach between left wing and and right wing armed groups becomes hostile. In 1918 the Finnish Civil War between Finnish communists and anti-communists starts. This map shows the initial frontlines and first offensives of the Finnish Civil War at the beginning of February

During World War I, in 1917, Finland declares its independence. This independence is recognized by the new communist leaders of Russia. At the same time, the breach between left wing and and right wing armed groups becomes hostile. In 1918 the Finnish Civil War between Finnish communists and anti-communists starts. This map shows the initial frontlines and first offensives of the Finnish Civil War at the beginning of February

Finnish White Army executing Russian soldiers in the front lines of the Finnish Civil War, 1918.

Finnish White Army executing Russian soldiers in the front lines of the Finnish Civil War, 1918.

A family collecting pine bark to ground into flour for bread during the food shortage caused by the Finnish Civil war, Finland, 1918

A family collecting pine bark to ground into flour for bread during the food shortage caused by the Finnish Civil war, Finland, 1918

Finnish White Army soldiers executing Russian soldiers in the front lines of the Finnish Civil War, 1918

Finnish White Army soldiers executing Russian soldiers in the front lines of the Finnish Civil War, 1918

Female Red Guards soldiers of the Finnish Civil War who have been taken as prisoners, 1918, Finland

Female Red Guards soldiers of the Finnish Civil War who have been taken as prisoners, 1918, Finland

A family collecting pine bark to ground into flour for bread during the food shortage caused by the Finnish Civil war, Finland, 1918

A family collecting pine bark to ground into flour for bread during the food shortage caused by the Finnish Civil war, Finland, 1918

Finnish White Army executing Russian soldiers in the front lines of the Finnish Civil War, 1918.

Finnish White Army executing Russian soldiers in the front lines of the Finnish Civil War, 1918.

Female Red Guards soldiers of the Finnish Civil War who have been taken as prisoners, 1918, Finland

Female Red Guards soldiers of the Finnish Civil War who have been taken as prisoners, 1918, Finland