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Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim (1867?1951) was one of the most influential characters of Finnish history from the Civil War to the late 1940s, becoming Commander-in-Chief of Finland's Defence Forces in the civil war of 1918 and during the Second World War. He also functioned as the sixth President of Finland in years 1944?6.
Between the years 1904 and 1908, when he was serving the Russian Emperor's Guards in St. Petersburg, Mannerheim travelled extensively in Asia. In 1904-5, he served in the Russo-Japanese war on the Manchurian front. He was promoted to colonel and received three decorations for his strategy in organizing the retreat from Manchuria. In 1906, he went on an expedition to Central Asia and China to investigate mountain and desert regions. In order to hide the fact the he was also on an intelligence mission for the army, he wrote his diary in Swedish, not in Russian. He studied the customs, languages, ethnic traits and regional archaeology of the tribes that he encountered, collected objects and took photographs. During one his trips to Asia, he also met the Dalai Lama. He returned to St. Petersburg in September 1908.
In case you want to know more about this man, Mannerheim museum is located at 14 Kalliolinnantie (Kaivopuisto).
Directions: Next to the museum of contemporary art, Kiasma
Phone: +358 9 635 443
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