Linnanmäki (earlier Vesilinnanmäki ie. Water Castle's Hill) is today a place of an amusement park which was founded in 1950. However 100 years ago it was not so amusing place. The Battle of Helsinki was solved there.
The Battle of Helsinki was a 1918 Finnish Civil War battle, fought in 12–13 April between the German Baltic Sea Division and Finnish Reds. The city had been under Red control for 11 weeks since the beginning of the war.
The German troops occupied Helsinki very quickly. The last fighting Reds were at the northern worker districts of Kallio and Hakaniemi, where heavy artillery fire was aimed. Among other buildings, the Workers' House was hit and damaged severely.
But Germans could not enter to Kallio through the southern bridge (Pitkäsilta), because it was fortified with heavy barricades. The only way to Kallio was from North, through the rocky hills of Vesilinnanmäki where Red Guards' female department defended the hills very fiercely and efficiently. As a result of extreme efforts, the Germans finally managed to crush enemy resistance. They ran over the Red Ladies emplacements and the battle of Vesilinnanmäki was over.
At 2 PM (13 April), a white flag was raised on the tower of the Kallio Church and the whole battle of Helsinki ended.
Nearly 500 people were killed in the battle of the city. The number includes about 400 Red Guard fighters who were killed in action or executed after capitulation.
I reconstructed the Battle of Vesilinnanmäki between German troops and Red Ladies by Second Life avatars and environment.