December 20 marks the 101st anniversary of the birth of the Hero of Artsakh, the legendary commander Christopher Ivanyan. Lieutenant General Christopher Ivanyan not only took part, but also left a special mark in the Great Patriotic and Artsakh Wars, having been awarded the highest state awards.

For the exploits shown in the Great Patriotic War, Ivanyan was awarded about 40 orders and medals. When the followers of the fascists- the Azerbaijani invaders – attacked Artsakh, General Ivanyan and his wife lived in St. Petersburg. He taught at one of the military academies and closely followed what was happening at home. In 1992, when the Armenian forces were engaged in heavy defensive battles, a 72-year-old military man arrived in Armenia. He was able to gain the trust of the soldiers and commanders of the Artsakh Self-Defense Forces very quickly.

Everyone in Artsakh knew that if military operations were planned or carried out by Commander Ivanyan, then success was guaranteed. This is evidenced by the “Battle Cross” of the first degree of the Republic of Armenia and Artsakh, and in 2000 posthumously – the award of the orders of the “Golden Eagle” and the highest title of “Hero of Artsakh”. He was the initiator and organizer of the creation of artillery-type training units in the Defense Army, as well as their training and material base.