Sudirman: A Commander, a Martyr. Tempo magazine again presents a military book series, this time the Commander in Chief Sudirman which was written. This book tells about the role of General Soedirman in the struggle for independence of the Republic of Indonesia. This book was published by KPG on April 25, 2017. The book, with a number of pages 139, went through a long writing process, has passed permission and interviews with the family and the closest person of the General. On the front page there is a picture of Sudirman who is using skullcap. This book has a small size so it is easy to carry anywhere. “The one who was sick was Sudirman, but the Great Commander had never been sick.” That morning, December 19, 1948, the Great Commander rose and decided to lead the troops out of Yogyakarta, consolidate the army, and defend the Republic with guerrilla war.
The Commander in Chief is under oath: it is forbidden to surrender to the army. Because of this pledge Sudirman refused Sukarno’s persuasion to stay in Yogyakarta. With half his lungs, he leads the guerrilla. For eight months, on a stretcher, he went in and out of the forest.
On the guerrilla field, the Commander in Chief is believed to be able to hide from the Dutch. Able to heal the sick and is said to drop aircraft by blowing pepper powder. Activist Hizbul Wathan, a former teacher, and founder of the TNI culture base, who ironically used to say, “I am disabled, I am not fit to join the army.” He is Sudirman: commander, martyr. This book is good to read, because it is written the story of General Soedirman which is quite complete. This book also conveys many implied messages, so that we do not give up easily, stay motivated, and believe in our own abilities. By reading this book, we can also imagine the struggle of the heroes during independence, so as to increase love for the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia.
Muhammad Zulfan Apriansyah
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