Battle of Tampere

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Battle of Tampere
Part of the Finnish Civil War
Tampere destroyed in Civil War.jpg
The Tammela neighborhood after the battle
Date March 8 - April 6, 1918
Location Tampere, Finland
Result Decisive White victory
Flag of Finland 1918 (state).svg White Guard Socialist red flag.svg Red Guard
Commanders and leaders
Flag of Finland 1918 (state).svg Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim Socialist red flag.svg Hugo Salmela 
1,000 Swedish volunteers
Casualties and losses
600 killed[1] and 1,200 wounded
339 captured
2,000 killed[1] and 6,000 wounded
10,000 - 11,000 captured[1][2]

The Battle of Tampere of the Finnish Civil War was fought in Finland in 1918 between Red and White forces. The White forces besieged and captured the main city of the Red Guards, Tampere, taking around 10,000 Red prisoners.[2] As of the year of 1918 the Battle of Tampere was the bloodiest conflict to have occurred during the history of Finland. [3] This was the world's largest, organized modern urban battle at the time. All previous urban battles were smaller, lacked use of modern weaponry or were less organized. Year after this, the Russians claimed this title during Defense of Petrograd, having more men while also fielding few tanks in addition to other modern weaponry.


  1. ^ a b c Tony Jaques (2007). Dictionary of Battles and Sieges: P-Z. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 993. ISBN 978-0-313-33539-6. 
  2. ^ a b Roger Norum (1 June 2010). The Rough Guide to Finland. Rough Guides. p. 438. ISBN 978-1-84836-969-6. 
  3. ^ "Civil War". Retrieved April 23, 2016. 

Coordinates: 61°30′N 23°45′E / 61.500°N 23.750°E / 61.500; 23.750