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 !!!
- 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.
Steiner: JAWOHL, MEIN FÜHRER !!!
Mussolini: Hmmm... Send Caporale Guerzoni here...
Guerzoni: EIA EIA ALALÀ !!!
- 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!
- 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.