Western Malevlane: A single company in Lihula restored historic units

Lihula single company in front of Lihula manor. Photo private collection

The biggest achievement of Lihula’s individual company this year can be considered the restoration of historical units.

At the general meeting of the Lihula individual company held in February, after the anniversary of the Republic of Estonia, I introduced the vision of the re-establishment of the pre-war Lihula regiment units. The impetus for this was given by last year’s membership audit of the Alliance, which examined the Defense Allies’ wishes: how they want to contribute to wartime activities – whether to be in a large maneuver away from home or to contribute to the protection of the homeland in a static unit. Almost 95% of the membership of Lihula’s individual company expressed a wish to contribute to the protection of the homeland.

This desire of individual company volunteers means even more important to us the need to be connected to the community. To emphasize this connection, we turned our attention to the past, where the Lihula, Massu, Varbla, Paatsalu, Paadrema and Kirbla companies were members of the Lihula Regiment. These companies included groups named after almost every village in their area of ​​responsibility, such as Nehatu, Vatla, Paatsalu, Veltsa and others. This linking of the units to the settlement of their place of residence emphasized their interconnectedness, and every inhabitant of the area knew the defense allies being transported in their homeland.

It is also our desire to create such a connection. As the membership of the individual company is almost three times smaller than it was before, we had to make concessions regarding the name of the unit when introducing the names of the pre-war subdivisions. For example, using the historical name of the Massu company, today we must name the subdivision the Massu group and its former Massu group for Massu.

At the meeting of the board of the Lihula individual company held on the last day of March, a decision was made to approve the new structure and submit it to the head of the Western Brigade of the Defense League. The structural change took effect on 14 April.

At present, Lihula’s individual company consists of three groups and one non-structural group.

  • Lihula Group – group leader Sven Aunaste, the group consists of Lihula Division I (head of Kalmer Bachaus), Lihula Division II (head of Marko Kanter) and Kloostri Division (head of Peep Põldäär).
  • Massu group – group head Meelis Vinter, the group consists of Kõmsi section (division head Joosep Laev), Massu section (division head Rainis Kukispuu) and Matsalu section (division head Meelis Malk).
  • Group 3 – Group Leader Marko Reisel, Group 3 members are members of the Defense Forces and those members of the Lihula Individual Company whose duties are related to other wartime units or activities.

We have conditionally named the non-structural group the fourth group and it consists of the female home defenders of the South Lääne County and the young eagles and housewives of Lihula and Metsküla. Our position is that without involving women and young people in their activities, we will not get anywhere.

At the time of writing, Lihula’s single company has been operating for more than eight months. During this time, we have come to believe that the restoration of historic units was the only right step, as it has increased regional cohesion and increased the activity and participation of members in training. It is gratifying to note that the support of the community is also higher than ever before – we are involved in organizing events and are seen as equal partners.

The greatest desire of the individual Lihula company to bear the name of the Lihula regiment on the 100th anniversary seems to be more and more a reality.

Reimo Reimer
Chief of Lihula Individual Company


Source: Lääne Elu by online.le.ee.

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