HISTORY CONSIGNS THE BUFFALO TO THE STATUS OF SECOND-RATE FIGHTER. PETER LONDON REVEALS THAT IN FINLAND IT WAS A FORMIDABLE WEAPON
WORLD WAR TWO
The late summer of 1939 was a tense time for those living in Finland. August’s Nazi-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact effectively divided Eastern Europe into spheres of influence. The USSR had clear intent to invade Finland, its tiny neighbour. Foreseeing this, the Finnish Government had been striving to re-arm since the spring. One of the countries it approached was the USA; the urgency was such that an over-riding requirement was quick delivery.