The city of Rovaniemi, destroyed during the Lapland War

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Ruins of the Finnish city of Rovaniemi, which was destroyed during the Wehrmacht’s retreat during the Lapland War.
During the Lapland War, German troops under the command of General Lothar Rendulich used the tactics of the scorched earth. In Lapland, 30% of the buildings were destroyed, and the city of Rovaniemi, the birthplace of Finnish Santa Claus – Joulupukki, was destroyed to its foundations. About 100 00 civilians have become refugees.

 

 

Location: Rovaniemi, Finland
Shooting time: October 19, 1944

In : 1944

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