Whites (Finland)

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The Whites (Finnish: Valkoiset, Swedish: De vita, Russian: Белофинны) was the name used to refer the refugee government and forces under Pehr Evind Svinhufvud's first senate during the Finnish civil war. The forces were initially formed by the paramilitary White Guard and other recruitees and draftees.[citation needed] Separatist-minded from Russia, the Jägers had left to Germany between 1914 and 1917 for military training and returned at eve of the civil war, many already as First World War veterans.