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  1. DrakonFin

    AH Vignette: Colonial Rebellion

    Colonial Rebellion Colonel Ragnar Nordström sat quietly on the wooden bench, his head bowed groggily down between his legs. His khaki uniform was scruffy, torn and dirty, and a single large commemorative medal was hanging by a thread on his tunic. The man himself looked bruised and battered...
  2. DrakonFin

    AH Vignette: Birthday Surprise

    Birthday Surprise The four Brewster B239 fighters took off from the Malmi airfield and assumed a holding pattern at 1000 meters above Helsinki's main airport. Of the four pilots, one had already made himseld an ace flying the Brewster for the Finnish Air Force. Lieutenant Hans ”Hasse” Wind...
  3. DrakonFin

    AH Vignette: Model Teräsvaara

    Model Teräsvaara After a successful journey aboard the coastal defence ship Ilmarinen, the Finnish delegation led by Prime Minister Teräsvaara arrived to Copenhagen this morning. According to our correspondent in the Danish capital, Teräsvaara will meet the Danish Prime Minister, Thorvald...
  4. DrakonFin

    Nickel-Plated Neutrality

    Nickel-Plated Neutrality Petsamo, where the Cold War is at its coldest Stephen Littlesworth, Nordic Correspondent The London International Journal, 21 February 2011 ”Would you like to have some coffee?”, the man asks us as soon as we have removed our fur hats and heavy overcoats and...
  5. DrakonFin

    The White Admiral

    (From The Popular Journal of Eastern European Studies, Vol 23, 1976.) The White Admiral – Or, the Limits of Great Man History in the Finnish Context When Finland was a Grand Duchy under the Russian Tsars, many Finns served as soldiers and officers in the imperial Russian armed forces. For the...
  6. DrakonFin

    AH Vignette: The Colours of Freedom

    The Colours of Freedom Helsinki, June 1919 The man in the black tailcoat and top hat removed a speck of lint from his shoulder and turned to face the big flagpole. Up there, over the summery Suomenlinna sea fortress, bathing in fresh early June sun, flew an oversized version of the Finnish...
  7. DrakonFin

    AH Vignette: The Fire

    The Fire The man had lived a long and varied life, and by age 79 he had learned that time moved in different speeds at different times. There was a changing tempo to the world, time was not a constant. Despite what the scientists would say. The man was not a scientist. He was a composer. For...
  8. DrakonFin

    AH Vignette: The Northern Front

    AH Vignette: The Northern Front In the mind of Captain Laxén, days were starting to fuse into each other. It had now been several days since he had last been able to get any actual sleep. The enemy attack was just not letting up, and Laxén's battalion was continually bitterly engaged with the...
  9. DrakonFin

    The Year of Broken Promises - A Finnish Timeline
    Threadmarks: Introduction/Title Card

    O child of Finland, don't give away your lovely land! For the strangers' bread tastes bitter, and their words are coarse Their skies, days are without light, their hearts are strange to you O child of Finland, don't give away your lovely land. O child of Finland, your land is beautiful...
  10. DrakonFin

    AH Vignette: The Survivor

    The Survivor The train coming to a sudden stop jolted the man awake. He opened his eyes and winced. Across the aisle, Colonel Paasonen stood up and straightened his tunic. ”I'll check it out”, he said. The man in a dark suit nodded to him, not really feeling he was back in the world yet...
  11. DrakonFin

    Ships in a Storm - A Finnish Navy Vignette

    Ships in a Storm October 25th, 1939 The weather was horrid on the Archipelago Sea. High winds and constant rain conspired to make visibility very low, together with the rapidly approaching October night. At least the enemy will not see us either, the man standing on the open bridge of the...
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    AH Vignette: Alex and Jan

    AH Vignette: Alex and Jan Two men in their late 20s sat on a bench and looked at a glorious sunset over the sea. The day had been sunny but already bit chilly, to be expected in October in these latitudes. The younger man's eyes followed a passing seagull. The warm buzz from two gin and tonics...
  13. DrakonFin

    AH Vignette: The Night of the Albatross

    AH Vignette: The Night of the Albatross It was one of those nights. I mean sure, it was a Thursday. I liked to think that the bar sat along a pretty busy corner just off Lafayette Street, and that the lights outside were very good for luring people in after dark. Not that day, though. It was...
  14. DrakonFin

    AH Vignette: In the Eyes of the World

    AH Vignette: In the Eyes of the World The third motorcade of the morning weaved its way through the crowds thronging the northern capital bathing in late July sun. The small paper flags of 35 nations were waved by the enhusiastic onlookers, behind a lines of cops wearing summer shirts, their...
  15. DrakonFin

    AH Vignette: Midsummer Lights

    Midsummer Lights A storm pummeled the nation in the early morning, the Lord of the Upper Yard riding his carriage above the domain of the mortals down below. Many a man and woman woke up to the rain drumming on their roofs in the grey night, and even those who would not wake up kept turning...
  16. DrakonFin

    AH Vignette: Kingdom

    AH Vignette: Kingdom Usually, in fiction, occasions like this are framed in terms of gloom, doom and ominous portents, the man thought as he walked the gangway to set his feet on terra firma again. He looked at the passenger harbour under the bright summer sun and listened to the birds singing...
  17. DrakonFin

    AH Vignette: When the Spring Comes

    AH Vignette When the Spring Comes The general rode slowly through the large, muddy military camp, surrounded with the members of his small entourage. From high up on his horse, he could see that new reinforcements had arrived by train and were about to get settled in. Fresh-faced youth, a...
  18. DrakonFin

    AH Vignette: Spearhead

    Spearhead And so when the sea started freezing up, the surviving MTBs of the Joint Squadron were taken to Viipuri where they started stripping out the engines and weapons. The battles of the Gulf of Viipuri in the fall of 1944 had pretty much decimated the fighting strength of the navy...
  19. DrakonFin

    AH Vignette: The Ghosts of Sveaborg

    AH Vignette: The Ghosts of Sveaborg It was a beautiful July morning on the southern coast of the Finnish Republic. I met the old man at the docks after the rickety little ferry had left me in front of a long old building with what looked like peeling imperial era paint on it. The ferry was...
  20. DrakonFin

    My Grandfather's Island - the Story of a Family

    This is a story I posted in my general thread in the Writer's Forum many a month ago. Now I wanted to put it up here in its entirety as well so it is more widely available. My Grandfather's Island One: The Summers of My Childhood I tied up my borrowed boat to the rickety old wooden jetty...
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