Did Hitler control Finland in World War 2?

Finland technically fought on the Germans side during World War 2. Not because it was an evil country either. Because of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, Hitler had told Stalin he could invade certain countries (the Baltic States, Moldova, Finland and Eastern Poland) without German interference. Stalin immediately annexed the Baltic States, Moldova and Eastern Poland.

Stalin demanded that Finland signed a treaty to allow the Finns to let them set up military bases on their territory in return for allowing them to regain land. When the Finnish government narrowly agreed to reject it, Stalin announced it was an act of aggression and invaded Finland in late November 1939, demanding they cede territory.

The Winter War, as it was known as, lasted until March 1940. The Finns put up a suprisingly effective defence. Although they had no tanks or anti-tank artillery, they set fire to and destroyed hundreds of Soviet tanks using 'molotov cocktails' - improvised bombs consisting of a bottle of petrol with a lighted wick. The Red Army had been damaged by Stalin's meddling - thousands of officers had been executed because of Stalin's paranoia, leaving it pretty rudderless.

Later during the Winter War, the Russians got their act together and Finland was forced to sign a peace treaty that ceded 10% of their land, including the city of Viipuri which was at the time the second largest in the country. Britain and France had consider intervening on the Finns' side in the closing weeks, but Norway refused to let them send troops across its territory.

Peace lasted until June 1941 when Finland reignited the fighting with German support, determined to regain their lost land, beginning the Continuation War. This went on until April 1944, with the Finns ultimately failing to win back any territory. However, skirmishes in Lapland would continue until the rest of the war.

Today, Finns still have an animosity against the Russians, similar to the Danes and Dutch attitude towards the Germans.