This study focuses on the German control over Finnish Petsamo during the war years and, more importantly, discuss the reasons behind the subsequent Soviet takeover of the area at the end of WWII.

The main question to be asked, then, is why Finnish Petsamo became Soviet Pechenga in the fall of 1944. Was the area simply seen as a buffer territory, or was the local nickel resource a higher priority in Soviet startegies than previously acknowledged? The resultant article will rely primarily on Soviet documentation from Russian archives and aim to challenge the existing historiography, which is primarily based on non-Russian sources.

Project period: 2017-2018

The study is a sub-study in the project In a World of Total War: Norway 1939-1945


The Research Council of Norway