Ernst Linder

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Ernst Linder
Major General Ernst Linder, circa 1940s.jpg
Born (1868-04-25)25 April 1868
Pohja, Finland[1]
Died 14 April 1943(1943-04-14) (aged 74)
Stockholm, Sweden
Buried Norra begravningsplatsen
Allegiance  Sweden (1887–1918, 1920–1939)
 Finland (1918–1920)
Service/branch Swedish Army
White Guard
Finnish Army
Years of service 1889–1927
Rank Major General (Sweden)
Lieutenant General (Finland)
General of the Cavalry (Finland)
Commands held Inspector of Cavalry
Swedish Volunteer Corps
Lapland Area of operations

Finnish Civil War

Winter War

Ernst Linder (25 April 1868 – 14 September 1943) was a Swedish general of Finnish descent who served in the Swedish army from 1887 to 1918, after which be participated in the Finnish Civil War as the commander of the Satakunta and Savo army groups, whose responsibility stretched from Finland's western coast adjoining the Gulf of Bothnia to Näsijärvi.[2] Linder was friends with the White Commander, Marshal Gustaf Mannerheim. Following the war, he served as Inspector of Cavalry until retiring in 1920.

Linder was promoted into the rank of Major General on 13 April 1918, Lieutenant General in 1938, and General of Cavalry in 1940.[3]

In the Winter War, the 71-year-old Linder led the Swedish Volunteer Corps from 6 January to 27 February 1940, after which he functioned as a commander of the Salla area.

In addition to his military career, Linder was an accomplished horse rider who competed in the 1924 Summer Olympics, where he and his horse Piccolomino won the gold medal in individual dressage.[1][4]

Linder is buried at Norra begravningsplatsen in Stockholm.


  1. ^ a b Ernst Linder.
  2. ^ Ernst Linder.
  3. ^ "Linder, Ernst", pp. 501–502 in Vem är det: svensk biografisk handbok. 1943. Stockholm: Norstedt.
  4. ^ Ernst Linder. Swedish Olympic Committee