According to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, food is one of our basic needs, along with water, warmth, and rest. It doesn’t take a genius to understand why Maslow categorized it like that. I mean, have you ever tried eating the food you’ve been craving after starving all day? Well, plus the fact that our bodies need nutrition from all these different food. Another proof that we couldn’t go without it was during the Winter War when hunger got the best of the Red Army, and they were left vulnerable. The reason: Sausages!

It is ironic that in the current Ukraine War, the Russian soldiers in the field are still known to be starving. Both Frederick the Great and Napoleon both noted that an army marches on its stomach and it’s a truism of war that well-fed and provisioned troops just fight better.

Winter War

The beginning of the first Soviet-Finnish War was marked by hundreds of thousands of Soviet troops, tanks, and aircraft flooding over the border of Finland on November 30, 1939. Joseph Stalin wanted Finland back, as it was once Russia’s territory. At that time, the world was focused on the invasion of Nazi Germany of Poland, just almost three months ahead.

A Red Army Party Convention on the trenches during the Winter War. (Postcard series of “North-West Frontier of the Soviet Union on the Karelian Isthmus” by N. Petrov and V. Temin, number 1571, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

The invasion, as Stalin thought, would be quite an easy one, considering Finland’s size compared to theirs. Unlucky for them, that was not the case, and for some reason, that pointed back to Stalin.