Säkkijärven polkka

From the postcard book “People from the past”.


This picture was taken during the Second World War in a barracks. My grandfather Heikki is second from the left, he has a mandolin. The name for the card reminds of the song “The Säkkijärvi Polka”, which saved lots of human lives during the Continuation War. The Russians had installed mines that explode with a signal in a certain radio-frequency. The Finnish figured this out and prevented the explosions by playing this song in the right radio channel, again and again. They estimated how long the batteries in the mines would last, and after three months, all the batteries were drained, and no bombs detonated. Overall, they played the same song about 1500 times in row!

This card belongs to postcard book “People from the past”, which consists of 21 cards. Postcard book costs 16 euros.

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