"Our duty is to know and defend our history, not to consign to oblivion names of Heroes, and to emulate the moral guidelines which they entrusted to us" (V. V. Putin, 14th March, 2013).
This year the 9th of May holiday has a special meaning — 70 years ago, in 1945, our grandfathers and great grandfathers won a victory in the Great Patriotic War. Their heroism and bravery, love for the native land, honour and valour were able to defeat the cruelest and inhuman monster in world history — fascism.
The defenders of the Motherland on frontlines and partisan forces were saving the warmth of their homes, tenderness of the mothers and wives, and were standing up for the right to life and future for their children and grandchildren.
We, living at present, revere the memory of the dead participants of the Great Patriotic War. Today their feats are a moral guideline.
After the first volume of "They Defended Stalingrad" was issued, the employees of the Kh. B. Bairamukova State National Library of the KChR (Karachay-Cherkess Republic) carried out a wide scientific research work to find new names — our countrymen, defenders of Stalingrad. Owing to this, today, about 100 new names were added to the previously published 782 defenders of the city on Volga.
Thus, it was discovered that almost 1000 representatives of the multinational Karachay-Cherkess Republic defended the city of Stalingrad during the war.
Many interesting people, our countrymen, appear in the list of the newly-appointed defenders of Stalingrad, who, owing to their heroic feats in the fight against fascism, have gone down in the history of the war and post-war years.
For example, the Veteran of War and Labour, Kalmykov Soltan Iskhakovich, who lives today in aul (a name for 'village' in the Caucasus) Tapanta of the Adyge-Habl region, participated in such a historical event of the Great Patriotic War as the capture of the German general Paulus in Stalingrad.
Another of our countrymen and a defender of Stalingrad, Vladyichkin Pyotr Nikolaevich, also had an interesting fate. He spent the entirety of the war at the front as a signaler, providing uninterrupted communication between Stalingrad and the third Ukrainian frontlines with the armies and divisions.
After the war Pyotr Nikolaevich returned to Cherkessk and took part in establishing communication lines in Karachaevo-Cherkessya. And in the post-war years he was awarded the Order of Lenin for his great contribution to the development of communication.
Kereitova Rabiyat Abusatarovna, a villager from Erkin-Khalk aul of the Nogai region also faithfully performed the duties of a signaler during the war, especially in defense of Stalingrad and the North Caucasus cities. And after the war, in 1947, the young woman died from her wounds at the age of twenty-three.
A difficult fate befell another defender of Stalingrad — Shungarov Magomet Khadjimuradovich from aul NizhnyayaT eberda. After being drafted in the Red Army he took an active part in the Finnish war in 1940.