The main myth of the Continuation War is its name Finnish official version is that Finland just took back what was lost in the Winter war and wanted nothing else. Please, look at the map: The gray line in the middle of the pink zone is "old" Finnish border. The rest was occupied during the war, and not just occupied but officially annexed, included into the Finnish state. It was the realization of the old idea of "Great Finland". Baron Mannerheim swore in 1918 that he wouldn't sheathe his sword until Eastern Karelia was "free". Finland invaded Russia twice -- in 1918 and 1921, wishing to capture Karelia. It's forgotten now, but was well remembered in 1939, when the Winter war began. And it should be remembered by those who like representing Finland as an innocent victim of monstrous Soviet Union. The real history is always more complicated than propaganda myths. In a parallel thread I am going to cover the second myth of the "Continuation war" -- about Finland, which "wished staying neutral in the WWII".