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Military Museum of Finland 24 August 2017

On Suomenlinna, a complex of islands in the bay of Helsinki, lies the Military Museum of Finland. With photographs (all taken on the Lumix GF1): cc-by-sa on everything.

It's all in one room, and rather darker than these pictures make it look. (Good camera. Have a camera-biscuit.)

Licence-built 4.7" Armstrong naval gun; Russia bought it from Japan, Finland got it during independence, and it was used at Ladoga.

S/36 submarine-launched mine, of the type deployed from Vetehinen-class submarines in the 1940s.

Horse-drawn field kitchen, WWII era.

Flak 37, a classic "88" anti-aircraft gun.

Breech lock from 12" naval gun (used in the Imperial Black Sea Fleet's Imperator Alexander III).

Vickers-Armstrong 6-tonner.

Ford M40, with wood-gas generator and anti-aircraft machine gun array; does this count as an early "technical"?

81mm mortar, 1970s.

Fibreglass boat used by Somali pirates, captured in 2011.

Valmet Terri 30 - a prototype motor-track for infantry.

And a commercial quad-bike evaluated at the same time.

Military motorcycle - from Husqvarna of course.

P-15 Termit anti-shipping missile.

Heavy rocket launcher from the 1950s, for close-up anti-armour work.

T/46 Soviet-built compressed air/water/kerosene torpedo, 1960s-1970s.

Torpedo tube from torpedo boat S-2 - sunk by a mine in 1917. These would have been compressed air/steam torpedoes.

Russian M/12 naval mine, mostly abandoned in Finland at independence and the end of the Civil War.

76K/02 76mm field gun - primary weapon of the Finnish artillery until the end of WWII, and for training for fifty years after that.

This is clearly a "greatest hits" museum – there are some uniforms but no small arms – but it's rather more convenient than most of the Finnish military museums further north. Your ticket also gets you into the submarine Vesikko (blog post coming soon).

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