Post by Jerry Todd on Mar 13, 2006 10:12:04 GMT -5
Some folks in the forum are members of 1st Maine and have access to parts of the forum that are "private."
Some folks are not members of 1st Maine, but are considered good friends of 1st Maine and when looking for a good name to put them under I found this:
Hakkapeliitta was the name given in Germany to the Finnish horsemen of King Gustav II Adolph of Sweden during the Thirty Years War.
The term hakkapeliitta comes from the Finnish fighting call - war cry - hakkaa päälle (meaning hack on or hit on in English, hacka på in Swedish).
The hakkapeliittas were extremely well trained Finnish cavalry men, specialized in massive sudden attacks and close up fighting. Their spirit and their feeling of brotherhood were powerful and they were well known, respected and much feared everywhere they went. They were strong and well armored and their Finnhorses were of a strong and durable breed which differs from its neighbouring Swedish counterpart as much larger.