World War I & the Copper Country Film Series—Taistelu Näsilinnasta 1918 [The Battle of Näsilinna 1918]

The Battle of Näsilinnasta in 1918 is Claes Olsson's Finnish drama about the Tampere Battle in the Finnish Civil War. At the center of the film is the 212-strong White Command led by Erik Melin who succeeded on April 3, 1918 to overcome Tammerkoski, cross the red line of defense and move through the city center to Näskalli. The company captured the red Näsilinnan rakennus and held it in a day until they had to retreat over the night over Näsijärvi ice. The script used almost directly mirrors the interviews of members of Melin's company made by Konrad Vestlin from 1936 to 1937.

Film is in Finnish with English Subtitles.

Taistelu Näsilinnasta 1918

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Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Finnish American Heritage Center 435 Quincy St, Hancock, MI 49930

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Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Cultural

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Students, Faculty/Staff, Alumni/Friends, Parents/Family, General Public, Postdocs


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