Who was Olavi Laiho?

Introduction Mauno Olavi Laiho (1907 to 02 September 1944) was the last Finn to be executed in Finland. Early Life Olavi Laiho was born the son of a farmhand in Halikko, Finland. He was introduced to communism very early on, and was an active member of the underground Finnish Communist Party. He moved to Turku,… Read More


What is a War Resister?

Introduction A war resister is a person who resists war. The term can mean several things: resisting participation in all war, or a specific war, either before or after enlisting in, being inducted into, or being conscripted into a military force. Brief History Early usage of the term “war resister” is found in the name… Read More

What is Desertion?

Introduction Desertion is the abandonment of a military duty or post without permission (a pass, liberty or leave) and is done with the intention of not returning. This contrasts with unauthorised absence (UA) or absence without leave (AWOL), which are temporary forms of absence. Desertion versus Absence Without Leave In the United States Army, United… Read More