The battle of Godey was one of the entry points of the Somalo-Ethio war and perhaps the most decisive one. There was a deadlock at the Godey’s main bridge for a week as both sides battled ferociously to dislodge one or the other. The Somali army units, fully equipped and with high morale couldn’t initially break the besieged Ethiopian units. With continuous bombardment, the Ethiopian defence was gradually wearing thin. Their commander, Col. Axmed Teerso, a 42-year old patriot led his men with a last offensive push with him personally at the frontline. The Ethiopian defence was broken but in the process Axmed Teerso lost his life, making him one of the first Somali casualties. He was heralded as one of the first Somali martyrs and was posthumously awarded Somalia’s highest medal of bravery.
It is said that he said to his wife, Dr Asha Ali (a military doctor), prior to embarking on the campaign to liberate Godey:
“I am going on a mission, and I would not probably survive, I don’t want you to cry over me, I want you to continue nursing the soldiers, this is your mission and ours too, to serve the motherland”
Alla ha u naxariisto Col. Axmed Teerso iyo dhamaan halyeeyadii Soomaaliyeed (min Saylac illaa Raaskaambooni) ku shahiiday (6,453 ruux) dagaalkii xoreynta Soomaali Galbeed, Ameen
May Allaah have mercy on Col. Ahmed Terso and the 6,453 Somali heroes from Zeila to Ras Kamboni who selflessly sacrificied their lives for a common objective, transcending clan-lines, Ameen