2010 honoring  of the georgian VETERANS of the great patriotic war  - Part i

2010 TBILISI, GEORGIA VETERAN’S CELEBRATION OF “День Победа”

Three hundred thousand Georgians died while serving in the armed forces of the USSR during the Great Patriotic War.  The surviving veterans have always sent representatives the Moscow Victory Day celebrations held each May 9 since 1945.  However, due to foreign intrigues, and miscalculations by the Saakashvili government, this was the first year during which Georgian veterans did not officially take part in the festivities.  The aging veterans watched the Moscow parade on TV and saw troops from the CIS, France, UK, and US marching in the Red Square, while they, who sacrificed so much to protect Russia from the Nazi invasion, were not invited. 


I will try, in small measure, to convey an image of the proud and glorious Georgian veterans of the Red Army who were at the Vake Park Memorial to celebrate the May 9 th  “День Победа” Day of Victory.


Unfortunately, an aged veteran died during these ceremonies. The pictures below show an aging generation of heros, the likes of which we may never see again as they rapidly fade from our company. Recent German estimates project that 5 million Wehrmacht soldiers were killed in combat or in prison camps - four million of whom died on the Eastern Front. If these four million troops had been in France, there never would have been  D-Day invasion. Soviet casualties are difficult to project because they kept poor records; however, it is estimated that at least 13 million died. Such was the sheer size of the bloodletting in the Great Patriotic War.

INTERVIEWS WITH VETERANS AT THE VAKE PARK MEMORIAL ON MAY 9, 2010

Participated in the Battle of Stalingrad as an infantry captain.  He valiantly fought in the cellar of a building until the building collapsed on him.  He lay in the smoldering ruins for five days until he was rescued.  Abris was awarded the Order of Lenin for his heroism in Stalingrad.

avagimov, abris     age: 87

avagimov, abris     age: 86

Participated in the battles on the Caucasus front and took part in driving the Nazi forces from the Crimea.


He was awarded the Order of Glory for courage during close infantry battles in Sevastopol. 

sichaulidze, tatiana  age: 86

Served on the Ukrainian Front as a combat medical doctor.

The Orders of the Red Star were awarded for medical service during capture of Prague.  Held a rank of captain during WW II.  After the war, he became the head of the KGB medical clinic, which explains his two KGB badges on his uniform.

tsulaia, giyo  age: 87

Served as a medicine sister with the 265 the Mountain Division

Nedodaeva, maria age: 85

Served in artillery support unit of the 64 th Army at Stalingrad.  Worked in communications.

turvandisvili, simon  age: 86

Commander of an anti-tank unit.  Started service in defense Tula from the German effort to capture Moscow in 1941, and ended in battle for Berlin in May 1945.

Chakvedadze, vera  age: 90

Served as a lieutenant in artillery support in the battles around Rostov and Odessa.

labadze, levan age: 91

Served first in the Russo-Finnish War of 1939.  Fought as a captain of an infantry unit from Teriokki to Vipuri.  Later fought as an infantry major in the Battle of Leningrad.  Retired from the red Army as a Lt. colonel.

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