A Soviet lieutenant captured by Finnish soldiers during World War II. He had torn off his officer insignia, thinking that he would be treated better as an ordinary soldier. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images). January 1940
Child Soldiers During the Finnish Civil War both armies used juvenile soldiers, mainly between 14 and 17 years of age, the most famous example being Urho Kekkonen who fought for the White Army and later became the longest-serving President of Finland. The Red Guards also included 2,000 female troops, mostly girls, recruited from the industrial centres of southern Finland.