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Estonian Defence League

The Estonian Defence League is a voluntary national defence organisation operating in the area of government of the Estonian Ministry of Defence which is organised in accordance with military principles, possesses weapons and holds exercises of a military nature. The purpose of the Defence League is to enhance, by relying on free will and self-initiative, the readiness of the nation to defend the independence of Estonia and its constitutional order.

The Defence League is a legal successor of the Defence League established as a self-defence organisation on 11 November 1918. The Defence League is a legal person governed by public law, whose legal status shall be provided for by The Estonian Defence League Act and the legislation issued on the basis thereof.

There are 16,000 members in the Estonian Defence League. Together with affiliated organisations Women`s Voluntary Defence Organization (Naiskodukaitse), Young Eagles (Noored Kotkad) and Home Daughters (Kodutütred), the Estonian Defence League has 26,000 volunteers in action.

A COMMANDER OF GREAT MILITARY FORCES MAY BE DEFEATED. A SIMPLE COUNTRYMAN WITH A BELIEF IS INVINCIBLE. Confucius