SABAH (38)

Memoirs of Sabah Vatankhah

They put the martyrs in the Blazer and the injured in the ambulance. The foot of one of the injured soldiers had been cut from knee down and was hanging by a piece of skin. It was hanging from the ambulance. I was afraid that his foot could be torn in the dark and nobody would notice. I walked closer and grabbed his foot covered in dust and blood with two hands and placed it besides its owner with care.

SABAH (37)

Memoirs of Sabah Vatankhah

After the transfer of prisoners from the mosque, the Sepah soldiers paraded in front of the mosque for half an hour using the Iraqi trophy vehicles and tanks. We also thanked them with uttering Takbir. We were sitting in the yard of the mosque with friends and Dr. Saadat and were dividing the medication that we had received from people or those that friends had gathered from stricken drug stores in Fakhre Razi Street.

SABAH (36)

Memoirs of Sabah Vatankhah

All other soldiers had the same condition and were in dire need of clothes and shoes. Mostly their trousers were torn in the knees since they had lots of activities and the fabric was worn out. I had even seen soldiers in the fronts wearing slippers. There were some who took them off and walked bare foot! The dire situation of soldiers ached my heart. I had even given my shoes to ...

SABAH (35)

Memoirs of Sabah Vatankhah

As the situation got calmer, two three soldiers decided to move the injured soldier one more time. Abbas Alivand and Hassan Sorkhou and I set our weapons to fire and set a fire line for the others. Under the cover of the fire line, the soldiers could move their friends out of a water stream with utmost care. He was shot in the stomach and had lost a lot of blood.

SABAH (34)

Memoirs of Sabah Vatankhah

I had seen Hassan Sorkhou in the mosque during the recent days. He was one of the members of Abouzar group. I did not know why they called him Sorkhou, was it because of his red facial skin or it was his family name. When he wore khaki clothes, he was exactly like US or Israeli soldiers. Abbas Alivand was one of those forces who took food and water for the soldiers in the fronts.

SABAH (33)

Memoirs of Sabah Vatankhah

It was the morning of late September. It was still dark when a house near the mosque was raided. Elaheh and I ran towards the explosion site. The explosion came from Fakhre Razi Street. There were many old houses in that street. We entered the street. A few meters away, the door of a house had fallen off and landed a few meters away. At the entrance of the house, a few children ...

SABAH (32)

Memoirs of Sabah Vatankhah

I gazed at the nurse mouth. I came to myself hearing my mom crying. I turned back and saw my mom and Shahnaz standing above two corpses and crying. I went to them. Both Shahnazes were martyred; Shahnaz Mohammadi and Shahnaz Haji Shah. Shahnaz Mohammadi was lying there on her stomach in the hall and Shahnaz Haji Shah was lying on her back. They were both covered by their chadors.

SABAH (31)

Memoirs of Sabah Vatankhah

Zahra agreed with laughter. After Mahmoud Farrokhi mediated, the young man went to the medical box which was in the corner of the yard and started dividing the medicines. Then, when it was time for evening prayer, he went into a corner and said his prayers and returned to his task. When he wanted to sleep, he took off his white suit and wore a brown blouse and trouser as nightwear and ...

SABAH (30)

Memoirs of Sabah Vatankhah

We walked towards Hosseyniyeh. When we arrived, nobody was there. Mahmoud Farrokhi said: “Sister Sabbah, it might be that you had a strong discussion with them yesterday and they found out that you might know things about them and felt insecure and threatened and left the place.” Behrouz Moradi confirmed his words. I said: “I don’t know exactly. Maybe this is the case.” Mahmoud Farrokhi said: “by the way, thank you for informing us.

SABAH (29)

Memoirs of Sabah Vatankhah

I did not have a good impression from her since she had disgraced the mosque by spitting and using inappropriate words although she was right. When she came to herself, people asked her name and she said that her name is Zahra and is from Khorramshahr. We asked:” what were you doing during the last few days?” she said: “wherever there was an explosion, I went and collected the corpses and took them to Jannat Abad.
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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.