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These are the men, that made Xadqan weep.

Post by Zmeselo » 12 May 2022, 09:56



The Battalion

By: Major Afwerki Iyasu

https://shabait.com/2022/05/11/the-battalion/

GENERAL

May 11, 2022



Editor’s Note: The story of the battalion is translated and compiled from a chapter written by Teages Frezgi, taken from a Tigrinya book published in 2019 entitled; ‘Mekete’.

The story of the battalion is an eyewitness account of the ordeal of a battalion from Assab, under the command of Lieutenant Menghisteab Samuel (Martov). The first part of this story of incredible heroism was published in the May 7 issue of Eritrea Profile, the second and final part continues…

All this burning hell was in an open plain field, where our forces were exposed to the fire coming from the planes and helicopters, rocket launchers and cannons from across the Belesa River, and the anti-aircraft and machine gun rounds from meters away.

While the heated game of hide-and-seek with the tanks was played, the other members of the battalion were in their trenches busy fending off the attacks of enemy’s foot soldiers and their accompanying tank shelling.

Within an hour, five enemy tanks were destroyed by Martov’s RPGs while many others were destroyed by the firepower of our mechanized units. The enemy’s plan was shattered, but it made a second attempt, to hang on to the small opening created by any means possible and see what its three tanks that had crossed our lines could do.

The enemy command was heard barking empty orders and hurling insults on their forces.
What the hell are you doing, why don’t you continue forward?
was the repeated cry that was heard.

The enemy commanders were compelled to report to their superiors the heroism and guts of the defending unit, that would not budge an inch.
What you are saying is impossible. These are fearless men who dared to mount our tanks…I am the only one left
was the junior’s gloomy reply.

While the communication continued, the other end asked,
Do you have any clue about the identity of the unit?
So far I have no idea.
Try and report back, by any means, and never retreat,


was what was eavesdropped.



Now, the work for Martov’s battalion was to prevent the gap from widening and hold back any attacking tanks. And to this end, the battalions were shuffled to narrow the gap and firmly hold their ground.

The tanks that had made the heap of rock and sand their shield, were making the mobility of the battalion difficult. Many fighters who tried to seal the gap, were either killed or wounded. And it was at this moment that Netsereab Keshi, a 2nd round national service soldier, consulted his fellow 3rd round national service comrade, Nabay Beyene, to somehow sneak in and destroy those tanks to ease the pressure on the battalion. This idea was supported by the RPG man, Mohamed Said Abdalla, Shifa and Rambo along with three others briefed their platoon leader, Idris Ibrahim (Shebah).

Idris supported the idea, but told them to wait for the night to fall. But these young men couldn’t wait and, in no time, moved fast to occupy one side of the heap of soil. In a matter of seconds, Nabay and Netsereab (Wedi-Keshi) were able to throw their hand grenades. In this exchange of fire, Rambo was killed. The others — Nabay, Hamed Saed and Wedi Shifa–were lucky to go with minor wounds. The only one left to help the wounded and fight the enemy was, Netsereab. This was a setback, but not to Netsereab, who insisted Nabay to go to the safe side of the canal. Next, jumping into the canal, Netsereab took an enemy machine gun and started to fire alone and mow the pack of enemy soldiers confronting him, until he was later joined by his company.



The nearby medical unit of the battalion was waiting to treat its wounded soldiers, but the expected wounded did not come. Alarmed, the battalion’s medic, Wedi Mael, accompanied by Abeba, Trhas and three others, was soon on the road which he didn’t know was blocked by the three enemy tanks that had crossed our line. It was a challenge, but the medic’s daring stand made them go between those tanks to reach their comrades at the frontline.

Having failed in all its early attempts, the enemy resorted to its old tactic of attacking in human wave. The whole day, all its divisions, one after the other, were made to attack but were totally annihilated by the concentrated heavy gun fires coming from the East and West before they could move an inch from the Belesa River. Those who took cover near our trenches were either blown by our land mines or riddled by our bullets. Those who attacked, did not leave the scene alive. Every division’s enemy soldier that crossed the Belesa River to enter the flat plain was either killed, wounded or maimed. The flat plain of Igri Mekel was all littered with dead and mutilated bodies, scattered unidentified limbs, the wounded crying for help, burning tanks and burning trucks.

Despite the heavy loss it sustained, the enemy was again to use the cover of the night, ordering its foot soldiers to march to attack through the open line in our defenses. Indeed, after a prolonged heavy fighting the enemy was able to reach the command post of Martov. Here, Martov had no choice but to use his staff and the intelligence unit, headed by Kbrom Tesfamichael, to fight to the end until an unexpected arrival of Tsegay Saka and his company for the rescue. In no time, Tsegay’s company was able to push back the attacking enemy past our defense line.

Jemal Mohamed, Martov’s superior, had an extra radio to hack communications of the enemy. Through the radio, he came to know that the enemy was to use two brigades that (Sunday) evening to attack through the open line and head directly to the three tanks that had crossed our defense line.

The first enemy’s brigade was to reach the three tanks that had their beam lights switched on, and the second was to follow behind. If the enemy was to use those beams as signals and reach the area, the damage would be high. So Jemal gave an order to the company commander, Wedi-Melit, to burn the tanks. Finally, help came with the arrival of an extra battalion to seal the breached line.



As for the two brigades that risked entering the trap, they were smashed by the heavy gun fire coming from three directions — the highland of Adi-Quala, the highland of Senafe, and the Hazemo plains. The enemy’s plan, except for the scattered mortar and signal fires, was over and the night ended. This lull in the fighting encouraged us to take a break to change our batteries, films and catch a short sleep. But, this was suddenly broken by the resumption of the sound of heavy guns and the shattering noise of the planes flying low. Again seeing the movement and the attacking formation of the enemy tanks directed into our defense line, Martov automatically ordered the company leader, Wedi-Suleiman, to send the platoon leader, Ghebrehiwet Ghebremariam (Chfri) and the RPG gunner, Desta Abrha, to the endangered place. When the two reached the place, Martov asked Chfri if he could fire from the place where he was. The reply was affirmative. Instantly, two tanks were hit and exploded. The third was crippled only when its chain was hit. The fourth, too, was to get a direct hit and explode. Chifri’s last rocket was to maim the 5th tank. Their mission completed, both heroes went to their units to rejoice their victory.

Sunday’s blow was apparently not sufficient, though, to teach the enemy that its tank warfare was over. The enemy betted yet again, to use all its remnant foot soldiers to attack our forces. In fact, it did control a narrow corridor. However, with the loss of all its tanks and soldiers, it reached a point it could no longer attack or defend its position. In the evening, the enemy withdrew from the defense line it was able to control for a while. On Tuesday, with all its dreams shattered, it withdrew hurriedly, leaving all its weaponry; including the wounded and dead soldiers behind, crossed the Belesa River and never came back again.

As soon as the enemy left, we headed to the front, down to the trenches where the heroic battle took place. It was an ugly scene. The air was filled with the stench of dead bodies, the black smock from the burning tanks, the cries of the wounded, dead civilians with their pack of animals that were brought by the enemy to carry the loot. Here and there, scattered all over the place were abandoned tanks, army trucks and bulldozers, all intact, that became our property.

On the other side of the spectrum, we could see tired and dust-covered fighters, but with high morale, searching for the bodies of their fallen comrades. Others could be heard hooting, shouting, laughing roaming through the debris or climbing the abandoned tanks.

Martov’s battalion alone destroyed ten tanks, while its sister battalions destroyed four. The number of tanks destroyed, doesn’t include the many that were hit by antitank missiles and RPG rocket fires from other units.

The three-day fighting that ended with the victory of our gallant forces, was not without a price. 35 lives from the 450-strong battalion and 75 from the whole brigade to uphold the sovereignty of Eritrea, were lost. The battle was over but not for the battalion, which was soon on its way to join the battle that was raging in the Mereb-Setit front.

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Re: These are the men, that made Xadqan weep.

Post by Axumezana » 12 May 2022, 10:09

General Tsadikan was the one who defeated your army and occupied 1/3 of Eritrea. If not for PM Meles mercy , he could have dragged Isaias and freed you from that dictatorial regime. The bad news for you is this time, General Tsadikan is going not only to destroy Isaias army but open a Red Sea access for Tigray and Ethiopia. As illustrated below.




The link below is a well researched thesis document by Abebe T. Kahsay (Major General) on Ethiopia's sovereign right of Access to the Red Sea under international law.

In this document Major General Abebe reveals and concludes that:

- It was lost opportunity to recognize Eritrea with out securing Red Sea Access to Ethiopia

- It was wrong to base the Algiers agreement on out of dated " Null and Void Treaties due to the invasion of Ethiopia by Italy in 1935 " of 1900, 1902 and 1908 instead of United Nations Resolution 390 V ( refer to Chapter 4 of the thesis for details) in which Ethiopia's right to have access to the Red Sea was one of the objectives of the resolution.

- General Abebe clearly concludes Ethiopia still has legitimate and un-breached right to secure Access to Red Sea through the International Law in reference to the United Nations Resolutions 390 V

In addition to the above , invasion of Tigray/Ethiopia in November 2020 has made the Algiers Agreement "Null and Viod" and Ethiopia's negotiation position to claim its access to Red Sea is further strengthened.

Therefore the following action is required by the Ethiopian government immediately:


- Declaration that the Algiers Agreement is "Null and Void' in reference to Eritrea's invasion of Tigray/Ethiopia in November 2020.
- As part of reversing the aggression of Eritrea, occupying the strip of land from the Assab Port to the Historical port of Adulis
- Negotiate with Post- Isaias Eritrea and secure Access to Red Sea.


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Post by Zmeselo » 12 May 2022, 10:23

I know you guys throw terms like "Major General" like it's nothing, and the guy you're quoting is a perfect example of that.

1. The terror junta, first of all, agreed Eritrea having the right to hold a Referendum; which took 2 years to organize.

2. In the meantime, Eritrean units within Ethiopia (regrettably in hindsight), were helping the terror junta consolidate its power amongst people who hated it more than death itself.

3. After the internationally observed Referendum & Eritreans overwhelmingly voting YES, it had no choice but accept that fait accompli or else....

4. What we later learned when it provoked the "border war", was that it accepted Eritrea's Independence as a tactical move. Its main objective was to stay within Ethiopia (which it didn't initially intend to, hence the name TIGRAY people's lib. Front), rob the country blind, develop only Chgray & when the right moment comes, invade Eritrea, get access to the sea, secede from the union, create a Chgray Republic & leave Ethiopia in chaos.

None of it materialised & none of it ever will, hence your daily way...way...melqes.

Back to zero, with you all beggars & children of beggars. Third class, citizens!




Axumezana wrote:
12 May 2022, 10:09
The link below is a well researched thesis document by Abebe T. Kahsay (Major General) on Ethiopia's sovereign right of Access to the Red Sea under international law.

In this document Major General Abebe reveals and concludes that:

- It was lost opportunity to recognize Eritrea with out securing Red Sea Access to Ethiopia

- It was wrong to base the Algiers agreement on out of dated " Null and Void Treaties due to the invasion of Ethiopia by Italy in 1935 " of 1900, 1902 and 1908 instead of United Nations Resolution 390 V ( refer to Chapter 4 of the thesis for details) in which Ethiopia's right to have access to the Red Sea was one of the objectives of the resolution.

- General Abebe clearly concludes Ethiopia still has legitimate and un-breached right to secure Access to Red Sea through the International Law in reference to the United Nations Resolutions 390 V

In addition to the above , invasion of Tigray/Ethiopia in November 2020 has made the Algiers Agreement "Null and Viod" and Ethiopia's negotiation position to claim its access to Red Sea is further strengthened.

Therefore the following action is required by the Ethiopian government immediately:


- Declaration that the Algiers Agreement is "Null and Void' in reference to Eritrea's invasion of Tigray/Ethiopia in November 2020.
- As part of reversing the aggression of Eritrea, occupying the strip of land from the Assab Port to the Historical port of Adulis
- Negotiate with Post- Isaias Eritrea and secure Access to Red Sea.

https://digitalcommons.law.uga.edu/cgi/ ... xt=stu_llm
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Post by Zmeselo » 12 May 2022, 13:58



BINIAM GIRMAY’S SUCCESS HIGHLIGHTS POTENTIAL OF ERITREAN RIDERS

By RBA Staff

https://roadbikeaction.com/biniam-girma ... iders/amp/

May 11, 2022

When Biniam Girmay chased Mathieu van de Poel across the line in the opening stage of the Giro d’Italia last weekend, he offered further proof that Eritrea is an African hotbed of cycling. In March, six days before his 22nd birthday, Girmay signalled his all-round potential at Gent-Wevelgem, becoming the first African to win one of cycling’s one-day classics. He follows in the ground-breaking tyre tracks of Natnael Berhane who won the Tour of Turkey in 2013 and Daniel Teklehaimanot who in 2015 wore the attention-grabbing polka dot jersey as Tour de France King of Mountains leader for four days. Girmay, poised and polished off the bike and a dangerous all-rounder on it, has the potential to take Eritrean cycling to a new level.
I wondered if Eritrean cycling wasn’t running out of steam,
Michel Theze, a coach at the World Cycling Center run by the UCI, told reporters.

Girmay’s success
comes at the best time, it will provide a second wind,
Theze said.
It is a confirmation of the great potential that exists there.
While Chris Froome, a winner of all three major tours, was born in Kenya and spent much of his childhood in South Africa, he races for Britain. South Africa is a cycling power but, with the exception of Nic Dlamini, its stars, led by Daryl Impey, are white.


Mathieu Van Der Poel (NED – Alpecin – Fenix) – Biniam Girmay (ERI – Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux)

‘We burned them out’

Girmay’s emergence is perfectly timed to fit in with the UCI’s five-year plan to grow cycling across the continent which culminates with the world championship in Rwanda in 2025. There, the UCI says, it wants to see an African
on the podium.
Eritrea developed a love of cycling during the unhappy period as an Italian colony from 1889 to 1941. Its riders grow up at altitude. Girmay, for example, was born in the capital Asmara at 2,325 metres (7,628 ft). Theze said the riders had to contend with an isolating dictatorship. :roll:
Eritrean riders had interesting qualities but we didn’t know it, and neither did they, because there was no opening,
he said.

The rugged terrain helps Eritreans develop bike-handling skills.
Generally, they are very dexterous, especially downhill, unlike most other African riders who climbed well but often fell,
said Theze.
In Africa, they are crushing the competition. Since 2010, they have won eight of the 11 individual continental road titles, and ten team time-trial titles.
Eritrean cyclists are ambassadors for a country that largely appears in Western news for refugees fleeing a regime accused of violating human rights, its involvement in the conflict in Ethiopia or its vote against a UN resolution calling for Russia to halt the war in Ukraine.

At home,
those who succeed are stars,
said Theze.

In 2015, Teklehaimanot and Merhawi Kudus, third in the Tour of Turkey, paraded through the streets of Asmara in jubilation and were received by President Isaias Afwerki. Girmay could not wait for his turn after his Gent-Wevelgem victory.
I know where I come from, this victory is crazy!
he said.
I am really keen to go home.
Theze said that the first Eritrean successes caused problems.
In Europe, we rushed to get the youngsters, who were thrown into the big races too quickly. We burned them out. Biniam’s patient, carefully planned rise is the way to go,
Theze said.
Today, we identify them earlier, at 18. We see that in a good organisation that makes them progress, we have a Biniam capable of winning at 22 in beautiful European races,
he said.
If it continues with this framework, there is no doubt that there will be others because classy riders continue to emerge there.

Biniam Girmay (ERI – Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux) RBA/AFP Photos: Sprint Cycling Agency



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