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Visiting the Finnish military museum in Helsinki

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Hi F922!

Yes I was also at the Mannerheim's museum... great exhibition! Very interesting indeed! The visit includes also a guided tour... the guides there they really know a lot about the subject. Very impressive! Like you rightly said it was not possible to take any pictures... but I bought a book! ;-) The display of Mannerheim's uniforms and especially his decorations' room was incredible! There were two Knight crosses of the Iron Cross; one with Eichenlaub and one without... I think one it was a Juncker. Not to mention all other rare orders and a spectacular set of a special class of the German Eagle Order and the Luftwaffe Doppelabzeichen mit Brillanten...

He had a really eventful and long life... he could also speak several languages; very interesting personality!

Surely it was a "must-see"!

For more info:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mannerheim_Museum

http://www.mannerheim-museo.fi/mm.php?page=mannerheimmuseo&lang=eng

Ciao,

Claudio

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A picture of Mannerheim when he was an officer in the Imperial Chevalier Guards...

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Some of the Finnish orders and medals were either created or directly approved by Mannerheim...

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Claudio, again, many many thanks for this additional information!! It is great that a well-illustrated book on the Mannerheim [personal] museum is now available--apparently in an English edition as well. He was a fascinating personality and brilliant statesman and soldier. Without your postings, this would remain an obscure subject for us all!

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