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Memoirs of Sabah Vatankhah

Right at that moment, an ambulance arrived. The driver got off quickly. He was a big and relatively fat man. As he got off the car, another RPG bullet hit the ground five six meters away from us and one of the army forces collapsed. After the dust and soil and fire died down, the driver of the ambulance went towards the injured. I followed him. We had not yet reached the ...

SABAH (47)

Memoirs of Sabah Vatankhah

Thanks God he also jumped without any problem. I noticed that he did not lie on the ground like the others to keep safe from the Iraqi fire He stood on the edge of the roof and hung his head down and stretched his hand towards me and said: “sister, give me your hand and jump. It is a long way down. If God forbid you fall, your life will be endangered.”

SABAH (46)

Memoirs of Sabah Vatankhah

At the night of the eighteenth day of autumn, Iraqis targeted and shot Khorramshahr throughout the whole night. We really felt that the city fall count down has started. In the morning of eighteenth, Zahra, Dr. Mostafavi, Hassan Sorkhou, Dr. Saadat and I went to the frontline with the Abouzar team members. Since we were many in numbers, we could take more aid equipment. We filled two ammunition boxes with gauze, bandage, Betadine, Savlon, adhesive tape …

SABAH (45)

Memoirs of Sabah Vatankhah

Zohreh had fallen on the ground and was crowling in pain. A bit farther Amir Sameri had fallen on the ground. His situation was bad. Stream of blood was jetting from his neck. Maryam Amjad was shocked seeing Amir Sameri and was screaming. She thought that he has been beheaded. Besides him, one of the soldiers called Jafar had been hit by a shrapnel in the waist and was moaning in pain.

SABAH (44)

Memoirs of Sabah Vatankhah

He left immediately. We could clearly hear the whizzing sound of bullets hitting our surrounding. From the cracks in the stones, we could see the volume of bullets being shot from Iraqis to our forces. If the stones were not there, we would definitely be shot. We waited there for one hour for Joneshan but there was no sign of him. We were starting to suspect him. Why had he brought us here ...

SABAH (43)

Memoirs of Sabah Vatankhah

Although he was right but my friends and I wanted to go to the young mans grandmothers house who seemed to be very religious. We said: “poor guy has gone to grab the key. It is not good that he returns and we are not here.” The ranger was not convinced and ordered us: “No! Get in the car to go to my fathers house.” We had no choice. If we insisted more, it was not right.

SABAH (42)

Memoirs of Sabah Vatankhah

Besides me, Belgheys, Dr. Mostafavi and Dr. Saadat were willing to go to the fronts. Although I had great passion to go to the front, I was worried that the soldiers might see us and get angry and send us back. We had lots of arguments and disagreements regarding staying in the city. Although after the supporting statement of Sheikh Sharif on the twelfth day, nobody said anything to us and nobody questioned our stay in the city.

SABAH (41)

Memoirs of Sabah Vatankhah

Although I was involved in aid and rescue, I was always careful about the privacy of the injured and even when bandaging or getting a vein, I avoided touching their bodies. While bandaging, the cotton, sterile gauze was between my hand and the body of the injured but while I was injecting, I did my best to have zero contact with the body of the injured. Most of the injured and ...

SABAH (40)

Memoirs of Sabah Vatankhah

The eleventh day had started with burial of Ali Hosseini; it was a difficult day. The Iraqi artillery was targeting the surroundings of the mosque constantly. This situation had made the mosque so insecure that rescue had no meaning at all since the lives of those stationed in the mosque was also in danger. Since two three days ago, when the attacks to the surrounding streets started, there was a whisper going ...

SABAH (39)

Memoirs of Sabah Vatankhah

Zahra broke the news of Alis martyrdom to her uncle early in the morning and brought him to the mosque. Then she asked Hassan, Abdollah Maavi, and me to accompany her uncle to the morgue and claim Alis body. She was worried that the process of looking for a vehicle to take her family to Sarbandar might take long and the authorities at morgue would bury Ali as unknown martyr.
An Excerpt from Ahmad Mansouri memoirs on the eve of Nowruz 1358 (March 21, 1979)

Protection of Paarchin Military Industries

Immediately after fall of the Pahlavi military and security headquarters and the victory of the Islamic Revolution, people in every city and neighborhood took over the protection of the region, and established the Islamic Revolution Committees, which was a spontaneous revolutionary institution. The people of East Tehran also had voluntarily gathered in Parchin to protect the military industry of Parchin, which included several factories and critical centers of the military industry in about forty kilometers area.

A Critique on the Oral History of War; Reviewing an Interview

Following the decision of the Sacred Defense Documentation and Research Center to interview with war commanders under the title "Oral History of Commanders", designed and implemented by the late Dr. Ardestani, I have steadily studied and written various notes about the oral history, with respect to the importance of methodology. In Persian references, the oral history has been perceived and emphasized more by the validity of the oral methodology and its distinction ...
As a rescue worker, a girl teenager narrates about the sacred defense

The People of the War Zones Were All Warrior

A report on the women activities behind the front line during the holy defense
The first years of Monire Sadeghis adolescence coincided with the outbreak of the imposed war. She is one of the active girl teen in the eight years of the holy defense, who was a regular volunteer in Basij, served as a rescue worker in war zones, and was engaged in military training of women since the first years of the imposed war. Sadeghi was born in 1968 in Ilam and has memories ...

An Excerpt from the Memoirs of Colonel Ali Ghamari

On October 22, 1980, it was announced that all the defenders of the garrison Khorramshahr have died a martyr, which had a very bad effect on fighters spirit, because our place, that is the garrison Khorramshahr, had been completely occupied by the Iraqis. Many cried when heard this news. I was very upset to hear it, but could not believe whether it was true. So, I sent one of the informants to investigate about it and then to let me know.