A participant of World War II, The Hero of the Soviet Union (August 15, 1944)
He was born on September 20, 1919 in the village of Pandigan, Rishtan district, Fergana region. He was Uzbek. He graduated from elementary school. From 1934 he worked on the collective farm as a postman and a tractor driver.
From 1939 he served in the Red Army. He served as a driver in the 130th Artillery Regiment of the Artillery Division in Bobruisk, Belarus. He had been a participant of World War II since 1941. He took part in defensive battles on the territory of Belarus as part of the Western Front.
The division of Topvaldyev was surrounded near the town of Borisov in the Minsk region. Together with his friend Ivan Rylkov, he arrived at Ivan’s village in Mogilevshina. They were sheltered by Anna Vasilevna, Ivan Rilkova’s mother, who later became Topvaldyev’s second mother. The villagers agreed to harvest the crop from the field as soon as possible and hide it from the representatives of the “new regime”. Topvaldiev repaired the tractor and participated in the threshing. For this he was arrested by the police and sent to a camp in Krugloye.
In 1942, Topvaldiev escaped from the camp. He joined a partisan detachment led by G.A. Kirpich. In late May 1942, the detachment was renamed “the Chekist” guerrilla brigade, operating in the Ratsevsky forests on the border of the Tolochinsky district of the Vitebsk region of Belarus and the Kruglyansky district of the Mogilev region. Topvaldiev commanded the reconnaissance department of the 5th Partisan Squadron. In the partisan detachment he was called “Kazbek”. He proved himself to be a determined, courageous warrior, fluent in German, with a good memory. He walked tens of kilometers in a day and gathered valuable information.
With his operative works M. Topvaldiev formed a garrison in Tolochin, Vitebsk region, which consists of Uzbeks. The unit, led by Topvaldiev, managed to disarm a large group of police officers.
In another battle, a large Nazi garrison was defeated in the village of Prigan. Topvaldiev personally blew up 4 echelons of the enemy. He fought his last battle in June 1944. In Topvaldiev’s attack, five echelons were blown up, 76 Nazis were killed and one German general was captured. According to legend, the Nazis promised 50,000 German marks for the head of “Kazbek”.
By the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of August 15, 1944, “For exemplary performance of tasks in the fight against the Nazi invaders on the front, for courage and heroism”, Topvaldiyev Mamadali was awarded the title of “The Hero of the Soviet Union”.
He died tragically on May 7, 1969. He was buried in Fergana (Uzbekistan).