Brothers in Arms Part I - WardheerNews
Brothers in Arms Part I By Abdul Ahmed III Oct 29, 2011 _________________________________________________________________________ This is the story of few good men of the Somali National Army (SNA) and their ordeals in the summer of 1977 in the Somali town of Godey (part of the Somali region, in Ethiopia). Men in this story were from all over the cities of the Somali Democratic Republic; they were professional soldiers, military leaders, and strategists. They were selected for their military training to liberate a Somali town. Many of Somalia’s elite officers would cross paths many times; this is the story of the elite officers who were involved in the Southern Command or Somalia’s Southern Army-primarily the 60-division and its supporting stations-who liberated Godey, implemented a successful war plan and, assured the success of Somalia’s Grand National Strategy in 1977 war with Ethiopia. The story begun the first quarter of 1977 under the command of General Mohamed Ali Samatar and it was at this juncture that all chief commandants of the Somali Army were asked to work on a national war plan. The commandant (abaanduule in Somali) of the 60 th Division of Somali Army, Colonel Abdullahi Ahmed Irro was ordered among others to carry out the planning, organizing, and implementing Southern Somali Armies preparedness plans and contingencies. This meant a continual coordination with the Central Command headquarters. This would then lead to plan refinements, organizing the 60 th Division, and several non-division Armies and military stations scattered around southern Somalia. 1 Brothers-in-Arms Part I By Abdul Ahmed III Copyright © 2011 WardheerNews.com It was a difficult task for the Central Command of the Somali National Army, division Commanders (Abaanduleyaal), and division heads. Apart from the 60 th Somali Army division, there was no other infantry division for southern Somalia. Many months to come, many of Somalia’s elite officers were assigned to provide contingency plans for a grand national strategy.