"Tanas from Zhelevo" was the way that Tanas Trkalov, the
beloved officer from the village of Zhelevo, was known among the DAG
Tanas was healthy, with a strong body, a modest and average type,
a national fighter and because of that he was loved by all, Macedonians
He served in the 107th brigade of DAG until June 1948. He was wounded
before the great battles on Gramos in 1948. He got well as quickly as
he could and took part in the operations on Gramos and Vich in 1948
- in another battalion.
As a leading commander he was respected by his military comrades and
by the command. He educated his comrades in the spirit of self sacrifice
and particularly in the spirit of the completion of orders and commands.
He was an excellent shot; everyone was amazed with him, and he helped
all of the fighters under his command become excellent shooters. He
took part in many battles in the area of Kastanarijata, Kopanche, Gorica,
Sveti Ilija, Paprasko, Piramida, Drenichovo and others. He also took
part in the battles on Gramos-Vich in 1948.
Because of his capabilities, he quickly rose to the rank of company
His most noteworthy action took place in a battle on Mali-Madi in the
month of October 1948 where with his company he contributed a great
deal to the success of the battle. It was in that battle that Tanas
fell a hero.
From: For Sacred National Freedom: Portraits Of Fallen Freedom
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