Aaro Pajari

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Aaro Pajari
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Aaro Pajari
Born (1897-07-17)17 July 1897
Asikkala, Finland
Died 14 October 1949(1949-10-14) (aged 52)
Allegiance Finland Finland
Service/branch Finnish Army
Rank Major General
Battles/wars Battle of Tolvajarvi
Awards Mannerheim Cross of Liberty (Twice)

Aaro Olavi Pajari (17 July 1897, Asikkala – 14 October 1949, Kokkola) was a Major General in the Finnish Army. During the World War II, he received the Mannerheim Cross of Liberty twice. Aaro Pajari is regarded as one of the bravest and most courageous men of the Finnish army in the World War II. His tactical greatness, as well as his manner of leading from the front made him a great leader and led to great devotion and motivation from the troops under his command.

Colonel Pajari in front of Tolvajärvi's headquarters. SA-kuvat

His greatest achievement was the Finnish victory at the Battle of Tolvajarvi in the Winter War, where his small Finnish force smashed a far larger Soviet army. Pajari went on to serve brilliantly throughout the Winter, Continuation, and Lapland wars, becoming famous for his success in leading small unit, and guerrilla style operations.


This article is based in part on material from the Finnish Wikipedia.