A Living Testament to Valor: 99-Year-Old Veteran Recalls Second World War Triumphs - INTERVIEW

Interviews 13:36 09.05.2024

Iskander Valiyev, a 99-year-old veteran, embodies the spirit of courage and sacrifice that defined Azerbaijan's pivotal role in the Second World War. In an exclusive interview with Ednews, Valiyev vividly recounts his experiences on the battlefield and the profound impact of victory on his life.

Born in Kazakhstan in 1926, Valiyev was thrust into the turmoil of war at just 18 years old. His journey took him to the infamous battlegrounds of Stalingrad in 1943, where he confronted the harsh realities of combat and the biting cold of Russian winters. However, fate intervened, and Valiyev was summoned back to Baku by the urgent need for reinforcements.

Reflecting on his service, Valiyev highlights the crucial role of Baku's oil in fueling the war effort. He recalls the tireless efforts of soldiers like himself, toiling day and night in the oil wells to supply vital resources to the front lines. For Valiyev, Victory Day on May 9 holds a special significance, symbolizing the triumph of his homeland and the sacrifices made for freedom.

His eyes light up with joy as he reminisces about the momentous day when news of victory echoed through the radio waves. "When I heard the word 'Victory,' I threw myself from the second floor with joy," he recalls, a testament to the overwhelming elation that gripped the nation.

Valiyev's unwavering dedication to his country and fellow veterans echoes the values instilled by Azerbaijan's great leader, Heydar Aliyev. His life story serves as a beacon of inspiration for Azerbaijani youth, reminding them of the courage and resilience exhibited by their forebearers.

Indeed, the heroism of Azerbaijani soldiers during the Great Patriotic War is etched into the annals of history. From the formation of fighter battalions to the gallant march from the Caucasus to Berlin, Azerbaijani forces distinguished themselves on both the front lines and the home front.

The names of heroes like Hazi Aslanov, Israfil Mammadov, and Aslan Vazirov resonate through time, their valor immortalized in the annals of Azerbaijan's rich heritage. As the nation commemorates Victory Day, it honors the indomitable spirit of its veterans, who, through their unwavering resolve, secured a future of peace and freedom for generations to come.

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