It was Foreign support for Finland in the Winter War Equipment, fighters, and moral support for the Finnish struggle against the Soviet Union in the Winter War. World opinion in general supported the Finnish issue. The Second World War had not yet begun in earnest and was known to the public as the False War. At that time, the Winter War saw the only real fighting in Europe besides the German and Soviet invasion of Poland, and thus had great global interest. Soviet aggression was generally considered unjustified. Various foreign organizations sent material aid, such as medical supplies. Finnish immigrants in the United States and Canada returned home, and several volunteers (one of whom was future actor Christopher Lee) traveled to Finland to join the Finnish forces, about: 8,700 Swedes, 1,010 Danes (including Christian Frederick von Schalburg, captain in the Danish Royal Lifeguards) ) and later commander of the Free Denmark Corps, a volunteer unit established in Denmark by Nazi Germany during World War II), about 1,000 Estonians, 850 Ukrainians,[1] 725 Norwegian, 372 Inggar, 366 Hungarian,[2] 346 Finnish expatriates, more than 20 Latvians, and 190 volunteers of other nationalities arrived in Finland before the war ended.

Pope Pius XII condemned the Soviet attack on December 26, 1939 in a speech at the Vatican and later donated a signed and sealed prayer on behalf of Finland.[3]

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