Private Gustaf Sigvardsson

Born: July 23, 1919
Died: February 19, 1940

Private Gustaf Sigvardsson of the Oulu Platoon, 1st Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Division, Army of Karelia was holding a trench system blocking the Leningrad-Viipuri road to stop Soviet advances. On February 19, 1940, a sizable mechanized and cavalry Russian force attacked from the east. Private Sigvardsson, who was manning the trenches with the rest of the members in his unit, saw the approaching enemy force and took them under fire. This position could not be lost, or else the Russians would be able to blow through the lines and annihilate the command structure of the Battalion then move deeper into Finnish territory. In human waves, the enemy rushed their fire and then engaged them in savage close quarters combat during which Private Sigvardsson was killed instantly by a blast from an enemy T-26. His bravery and dedication to his unit and country is only one of many examples of how nationalism trumps invaders.

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