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Mannerheim's Birthday 1942 by tuomaskoivurinne Mannerheim's Birthday 1942 by tuomaskoivurinne
The actual historical event, was a significant and equally a humorous on it's own.
Little note: the opening scene with the drunken soldiers and the clever observations about human aerodynamic capabilities is taken from Väinö Linna's book Tuntematon Sotilas.


June the 4th 1942. Marshall Mannerheim's birthday is being celebrated on the front.
Drunken soldier: Look boys! I'm an airplane!

At same time, the Chancellor of the Third Reich, Adolf Hitler had crashed the birthday party...
Hitler: Ach! Finland Finnland...

But the history books don't reveal that in reality, also Italy's Benito Mussolini arrived...
Mussolini: I'm late! The damn gift shop was closed!

During the festivities, the guests discussed about the current military affairs and some disagreements came up. Suddently Hitler suggested:
Hitler: Gentlemen, Meine Herren! In order to solve this, I'd like to suggest a little bet about which of us has the best and the bravest fighting men under his command...

Steiner: HEIL, MEIN FÜHRER !!!
SS-Rottenführer Steiner
- Has fought in Poland, Norway, France, the Balkans and the Eastern Front.
- Has been wounded five times in action.
- Rewarded with several decorations, including the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross.

Hitler: Excellent... Jump down.


Mussolini: Hmmm... Send Caporale Guerzoni here...

Guerzoni: EIA EIA ALALÀ !!!
Caporale Guerzoni
- Has combat experience from Abyssinia, volunteered in the Spanish Civil War, the Balkans and the North Africa.
- Rewarded for personal bravery and recognized tenor-singer of the elite Parachute Division.

Mussolini: Jump from the cliff...


Guerzoni: I - Il Duce ?!

Mussolini: Stronzo !! (idiot) Jump !!!
Guerzoni: Viva, Il Duceeeeeeee...

Mannerheim: Private Väänänen!

Väänänen: Marshall Sir!
Private Väänänen
- During the Winter War, defended the Kollaa-river.
- In autumn 1941, tried to solitary circle the whole Maaselkä Isthmus
(in East Karelia) but the Headquarters managed to persuade him to drop this.
- Just returned from a two-week long-range patrol.
- Decorated for bravery, the gold championship in shot put from the Äänislinna athletics competition and came in second in the divisional-level trench art contest.

Mannerheim: Jump down.

Väänänen: Goddamn geezer !!! Go jump yourself !!!

The winner was resolved...
During the next year, Hitler decided that the most important thing is not to win, but that everybody has a good time.
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Rousku4321 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Absoluuttinen mestariteos! :'D
Drawboyy Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
totaalinen repeäminen :DD
rcraven Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
"- In autumn 1941, tried to solitary circle the whole Maaselkä Isthmus (in East Karelia) but the Headquarters managed to persuade him to drop this. "

I litterally fall off of my chair while reading this. These are simply outstanding :-D
kazi2000 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
nice :D
i have also a work about him, here is the link: [link]
wingsofwrath Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Heh. This is actually a very old wartime joke.

Nobody is sure where it started form, but I've heard it numerous times about different nationalities, including an almost identical variant told to me by a Stalingrad veteran, but with the Romanian army instead of the Finnish...
Not to mention that the Romanian soldier's response was somewhat less printable and contained several references to the commanding officer's deceased relatives and the human act of reproduction...
tuomaskoivurinne Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Quite possible. Many good jokes tend to form according to the tellers nationality or likings :)
wingsofwrath Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Which really goes to show that human beings, even from wildly differing environments, are a lot more similar to each others that we've been generally told...
Milarcha Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
"Mää olen lentokone!" ~ "Kauhee ilmataistelu!" ... :laughing: Se on niiin fukin paras kohta! Joku parhain ikinä!! :lol: (No ei, koko leffa on kyllä paras ikinä.)

Nauroin ihan sikana tälle sarjikselle. Loistava! Sulla on hieno piirtotekniikka. Upea kynänjälki. Jotenkin todella intensiivistä ja elävää viivaa. Ja mahtavia ilmeitä! :heart:

Tämä oli erityisen hyvin ilmaistu: "Viimeistään seuraavana vuonna Hitler päätti, että tärkeintä ei ole voitto, vaan se, että kaikilla on hauskaa." Nimenomaan. :laughing: :XD:
tuomaskoivurinne Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Kiitos. Kynänjälki on hieman erilaista verrattuna vanhempiin sarjakuviin (esim. nuo koira-sotasarjikset ja PsjK comicsit) koska nykyään käytän enemmän Pentel-sivellinkynää. Vaatii erilaisen piirtotyylin ja valitettavasti karsii yksityiskohtia, mutta viiva on elävämpää.
Milarcha Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
Juu. Ne Pentel-kynät on kyllä muuten tosi ihania. Niillä on kiva piirtää. :D
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