POTD: Finnish Winter Warfare Course

    From full auto machine gunning in the hottest desert to skiing into ice-cold water, TFB’s Photo Of The Day covers all possible subjects. Today we go to Finland for their Winter Warfare Course, which of course includes going for a swim.

    So, how brave are you? Notice the plastic bottles strapped to the skis to make them float.

    A backpack usually floats, especially if packed the right way. But you need to get out of the water quickly.


    Captain Mikael Aikio, director of the Winter War Course, is pleased with the results of the first phase.
    – The course has done really well so far and the teaching objectives have been achieved even better than in previous courses. We are now ready to go to the combat phase of the course, in a very good spirit in winter conditions.

    The Winter War Course began at the Brigade Brigade on Monday, January 6, 2020.

    The course is attended by Defense Forces and Border Guard personnel, as well as American, Dutch and French soldiers.

    During the first phase of the Winter War Course, participants are trained in the basics of Winter Warfare and survival skills. The course continues with an applied exercise where the soldiers’ skills are tested in trained units.

    This wouldn’t be the Firearm Blog without some shooting.

    Shooting the RK 95 with an improvised bipod. Check out the TFB Exclusive: O.D. Green Valmet RK62 M3.

    Ice rescuing is one of the skills to maintain ability that was taught in the first phase of the course through experience to every student.

    The instructor first showed the students a sample performance, and then each student in turn slid into the opening and safely learned, under the supervision and guidance of the instructors, the right way to escape the icy opening.

    All photos and captions (machine translated) by: Maavoimat – Armén – The Finnish Army


    Until TFBTV does an instruction video on how to get out of the ice, this video will have to do:

    “How to Survive a Fall Through Ice” (The fun begins at 6:40).

    Have you ever tried this kind of training? What did you think of it?

    When we did it, we had to ask the officer for permission to leave the hole in the ice.