A one man’s will

Eduard Chachev since the birth had an example of the real defender of the Fatherland. His father, Kumal Khamidovich, a veteran of World War II, a holder of the Order of the Red Banner and Glory and a medal “For Courage” was described in the front-line newspaper as following: “One in the field can be without shield.” That was in 1945, when the gunner Kumal Chachev, was left alone with his gun but he affronted the enemy and went on killing the Nazis and was able to hold his position.


Frontline stories of his father had not directly influence on the choice of the military profession by Eduard. All turned out in a much unexpected way: Erken – Shahar School, where Eduard studied from the 6th grade, one day was visited by a military office representative who came and offered graduates to think about entering the military school. Four of the students decided to enter the military school. Eduard Chachev was among them. The Credentials Committee had their own selection criteria and they chose only Eduard among potential cadets.

Then there was the passing of entrance examinations in the Stavropol Higher Military Command School of Communications and five years of study. The first year and a half Eduard studied excellent.

- In the whole school I was the only Abaza and it gave me an additional sense of responsibility – explained his learning progress Eduard Chachev.

Then one of the teachers in the exam treated him with special predilection and gave him “three” (C grade). Successful period of study was over, but that did not stop a cadet to learn a profession of military communications in the future.

Distribution of newly officer was to Baikonur. For the bulk of the Soviet people it was a spaceport. But dedicated people knew that it was also the main nuclear test site of the country. Several designers with their own teams developed new types of weapons and tested them. Eduard Chachev, who came to the landfill as a communicator, soon had to be trained as a rocketeer because rocketeer staff left for further education.

There is a saying – “It is a bad soldier who does not dream of becoming a general.” Eduard also had his own dream and goals. Once he even tried to his head general’s cap when the general came to the landfill and left his cap in the waiting room. Inspired by his own reflection in the mirror, the young officer did not notice the general who entered the room and saw him. “Not yet, Lieutenant,” – General grinned and took his cap.

Eduard Chachev’s becoming a general was not meant to be. And he also had no chance to become a captain. Fate gave him only three years of military service. Then there was an episode, that Eduard Kumalevich called an accident. “Do not think that this incident was a household one” – warned us the wife of Eduard Rimma, in order not to make wrong conclusions.

After a powerful blast doctors literally collected all Eduard’s parts. But they did not manage to recover everything. The officer lost his arm, sight and hearing. And the worst thing – he lost his memory. Only a few months later he was able to overcome the effects of a concussion and began to remember who he was. Then there were years of hard recovery. But in the end he managed to get back to normal life. Yes, completely normal life! His health problems did not prevent him from working and making a family.

Not only that – he remembered his old hobby – “writing.” When Eduard was young he wrote poems and stories. During the years of training and service, which took place in conditions of secrecy, he gave up this hobby. Recovered from the consequences of being wounded, Eduard learned Braille and began to read a lot. Reading led him to some thoughts. And when he came across a book by Isaac Asimov about the Sumerians, he discovered that much from this ancient people was associated with Abaza: Sumerian names can be translated into Abaza language. Knowing about the finding of academician Turchaninov G.F. who, while studying Ashui writing, came to the conclusion that it referred to the Abaza – Abkhaz language, Eduard Chachev makes his own generalization. He presented his thoughts in a long article “A Brief History of Abaza people” and published the book “Abazakva” (“Abaza”), which in addition to the said article includes his other essays, stories, poems, written in Abaza and Russian languages (his faithful companion Rimma, who put on paper texts dictated to her, has also a right to be called a writer of this book).

What is surprising, Eduard only till fifth grade lived among Abaza – in the village Abaza-Khable. His family then moved to Erken-Shahar, and the rest of his life he spent in the Russian-speaking community. However, he has not forgotten his native language and speaks it very good.

- Being alone in the school or in the army, I often talked to myself in Abaza language, – said Eduard.

Interest in everything that is related to his people, love of life and a real man’s will time helped Eduard to overcome terrible disease, and today it helps to enjoy life and socializing with people he loves.

Georgy Checkalov,
Specially for “Abaza Country”

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