Synopsis: An old lady receives a big favour from a man from the north...
10 min

Beloved Lotta Sisters-

You have gathered here today to

pledge your volunteers oath.


Europe is in an uproar;

nobody knows what will happen.

But in this stormy sea of nations; we

can put our trust in the eternal God.

I now ask you to pIedge your

Lotta Oath.

I, Anna Moisio swear by my honor;

to honestIy and conscientiousIy-

assist the CiviI Guard as it defends

our homes; nation and reIigion-

and to conduct myseIf by the ruIes

of the Lotta Svard Organization.

I, Ruth LimneII, swear by my honor;

to honestIy and conscientiousIy-

assist the CiviI Guard as it defends

our homes; nation and reIigion-

and to conduct myseIf by the ruIes

of the Lotta Svard Organization.




What are Mona's pIans?

She can't stay in the stabIes forever.

We'II have her married. Right; HeImer?

-Haven't even married Anna off yet.

No sense in marrying at times Iike

this. -Look at me and HeImi.

We started off a bit Iate,

but once we got going...

The BibIe says:
be fruitfuI;

and repIenish the earth.

You pIan to do it singIe-handed?

-Too oId for that now, I am.

StiII have a handfuI

with the chiIdren I have.

What is it? Are you sad about

having to Ieave Lasse? -I don't know.

I'm sure he understands.

-Of course he does.

It just feeIs so bad somehow.

You're not one to Iose your head

over a man.

I know I wouIdn't.

Am I disturbing you?

The third wheeI shouId roII on.

-You don't have to go.

No; huh? I'II Ieave you two aIone.

How about today?

-In the middIe of Mona's party?

That's over and done with aIready.

Lasse, pIease, there's no time.

-AII it takes is to sIip the ring on.

You have to ask my father's


I got it aIready.

-Got what?

We're being sent to the KareIian

border next week to provide-

suppIies for the entrenchers.

Then we're off to training again.

Who has time to get engaged now?

Or married.

So you don't want to?

-I do.

The same as you. A famiIy

and chiIdren, but Iater.

My dear daughter and our newest

graduate, Mona Mosio.

On this very speciaI day ; your mother

and I wouId Iike to remember you-

with this neckIace your mother and

your grandmother have both worn.

May it symboIize what we feeI

in our hearts today.

We have shed tears of joy for the

success of our youngest chiId-

but are aIso deepIy concerned over

the situation our country is in now.

May we Iook at the future

with a trustfuI mind.

Thank you.

-You're weIcome.

CongratuIations again; darIing.

Maybe I shouId teII you now

about my pIans for the future.

Go ahead; Mona.

-Thinking of marriage, eh?

So which one of them wiII it be?

Young Ake, I bet.

No. I'm off to OsIo to study

to become a veterinarian.

I though we aIready taIked this

vet idea through.

The worId situation hasn't changed.

If not for the worse.

You keep saying nobody's going to

attack us. -But how Iong wiII it Iast?

Who'd ever think of starting a war

on such a beautifuI summer day?

AImost seems you're hoping for it.

If things get bad; everyone of us wiII

have to do their share. IncIuding you.

Entrenching has begun by the eastern

border. You know what that means?

Why shouId I?

-You're a smart girI, Mona.

But sometimes you can be

surprisingIy chiIdish and seIfish.

You can do more with that head of

yours than just grow pretty hair.

You're stiII underage. We are not

going to pay for your studies in OsIo.

For the time being.

Is that cIear?

The Earth is Iike this smaII,

insignificant grain.

There couId be other kind of Iife

up there in the stars-

and I am going to study it.

We'II traveI there one day.

First the Moon-

then the past and the future.

-Stop fooIing around; Ake.


Ake dearest! Open your eyes!

WouId you have been sad

if I had died? -CertainIy not!

You caIIed me ''dearest''.

I caII my horse that too.

-Because you Iove him.

ShouId we row out to the isIand

tomorrow? -What do you think?!

Germany and Soviet Union

sign non-aggression pact

Germany and Poland at war ( 1.9.1 939)

Warsaw surrenders

Estonia resigns to Soviet demands

Councilor of State Paasikivi to

negotiate Soviet territorial demands

The Lotta Svard

Women's Auxiliary Organization

We are in the process of mobiIizing

part of the fieId army.

The concentration of troops

begins tomorrow, October 1 1 th.

We need to discuss medicaI service.

-Where do we stand?

The training of the Lotta MedicaI

Service is proceeding weII-

and we are fuIIy prepared to

activate our fieId hospitaIs.

Air surveiIIance courses have aIso

been organized aII over the country.

If the message goes-

''Enemy pIanes are advancing

from east to northwest'';

it is coded as foIIows:

''EagIe fIies in; aIpha; tango, fox''.

Or you can bIur the content by giving

the Ietters new semantic vaIues.

Greetings from the maneuvers. -You got

to shake hands with a rifIe; too?

Are they ready for action now?

-Pretty much.

I was by the KareIian border, too.

They had every man jack buiIding

trenches; the richest and the poor.

So Roope put you to work?

-The potatoes have to be harvested.

Better this than getting

bored to death.

Is Anna back from training? -How

shouId I know, harvesting aII day.

They came for the horse.

See you soon; Roy.

It won't Iast Iong.

It's got the name and address on

both sides; and some sugar.

Look after yourseIf.

Do you know where you'II be stationed?

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