The Lotta-Svärd organisation was
the most important voluntary organisation for women in Finnish
history. The organisation was very popular right from the start and
was at its peak the world’s largest unarmed women’s national
defence organisation. Their work was noted also outside Finland, and
the organisation served as a model for other similar organisations in
other countries. At first the Lottas’ main purpose was to assist
the Civil guard with e.g. medical services and logistics but later
during the wars they also helped the Army with various tasks, thereby
allowing more of the men to be at the front and fight the Soviets.
Apart from assisting the Army and Civil guard, the Lottas also helped
civilians through charity work and by caring for evacuees. Only
lately has the importance of Lotta-Svärd been publically
acknowledged. In these pages you will find info on the Lotta-Svärd
organisation and their work in pictures and texts.
This gallery presents different items
and documents related to the organisation. Equipment, clothing,
memorabilia, and other authentic material
Lotta-Svärd printed material
Here you can find different official
Lotta-magazines, books and booklets. Some are numbered which helps
the collector’s work.
This gallery contains a variety of
photographs showing Lottas at work, in peacetime as well as wartime,
at the front and closer to home. We have also tried to get as many
pictures as possible showing the canteens, cafeterias, restaurants
and hotels the different Lotta-Svärd districts had, as well as
material showing the Pikku-Lottas (Small or Girl-Lottas). All help is
welcome to preserve the valuable photographic history of this unique
Small or Girl-Lottas
This gallery shows material related to
the Small-Lottas, later known as Girl-Lottas, like books, clothing
etc. Since very little material has survived, the gallery is quite
small at this stage.
A selection of the most longlived Lotta
publications, the Christmas-Lotta magazine. At first only published
only in Swedish under the name Jul-Lottan to support the activities
in western Uusimaa, it later became so popular that also finnish
versions were published and distributed all over the country.