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Unknown Soldiers follows the fates of a ramshackle troupe of machine-gunners in the Second World War, as they argue, joke, swear, cadge a loaf of bread or a cigarette, combat both boredom and horror in the swamps and pine forests - and discover that war will make or break them. 

'There they stood, bumbling into lines with a bit of difficulty: Mother Finland's chosen sacrifice to world history'
Unknown Soldiers follows the fates of a ramshackle troupe of machine-gunners in the Second World War, as they argue, joke, swear, cadge a loaf of bread or a cigarette, combat both boredom and horror in the swamps and pine forests - and discover that war will make or break them. One of Finland's best-loved books, this gritty and unromantic depiction of battle honours the dogged determination of a country and the bonds of brotherhood forged between men at war, as they fight for their lives.
'A rediscovered classic... profound and enriching ... Unknown Soldiers still has the power to shock' Herald

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  • Paperback

    9780141393650

    June 1, 2016

    Peng. Mod. Classics

    480 pages

    RRP $24.99

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  • Unknown Soldiers
    Väinö Linna

    EBook

    9780141977058

    May 14, 2015

    Penguin eBooks

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