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Carl Gustaf Mannerheim: Finland’s Józef Piłsudski
March 27, 2013   
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During a recent visit to Poland, Eero Heinäluoma, the Speaker of Finnish parliament (Eduskunta), unveiled a plaque commemorating Carl Gustaf Mannerheim, a Finnish national hero. The plaque, funded by the Finnish embassy in Poland, is mounted on a rock near the Cathedral of the Polish Catholic Church on Szwoleżerów Street in Warsaw.

Mannerheim, a Finnish aristocrat, is regarded by Finns as the father of the modern, independent state of Finland, similarly to how Marshal Józef Piłsudski is seen in Poland.

Mannerheim spent several years in Warsaw before World War I as an officer of the Imperial Russian Army. Finland was part of the Russian Empire at the time and Mannerheim began his career and rose to the rank of general in the Russian military. But he immediately returned to his native Finland when the country regained independence in 1917 and firmly opposed communism. That same year, the Finnish army commanded by Mannerheim pushed the Soviet army out of Finland. In 1944-1946, Mannerheim was president of Finland.

Ewa Hancock
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