Representatives of the Georgian Defence Forces paid tribute to the memory of the Commander of the Armed Forces of the First Republic, General Giorgi Kvinitadze on his birthday, at the Mtatsminda Pantheon of Writers and Public Figures. Chief of the Georgian Defence Forces, Major General Giorgi Matiashvili and representatives of the General Staff held a minute of silence and laid flowers on the cemetery of the National Hero.
The remains of the Commander-in-Chief of the First Republic of Georgia, General Giorgi Kvinitadze, was transferred to Georgia from France. Working on the transfer of the remains of General Giorgi Kvinitadze started during Prime Minister`s tenure as Defence Minister and thanks to his efforts, the body of the General was buried on the Independence Day of Georgia.
Giorgi Kvinitadze was born on August 21 1874. He received military education in Tbilisi and Petersburg. Prior to the establishment of the First Republic of Georgia, from the second half of 1917, he was actively involved in the formation of the Georgian Armed Forces. He made a great contribution to the establishment of the Georgian Military School in 1919 and was its first head. In 1918-1921, he took an active part in the combat activities ongoing on different front lines. During the 1921 Russia-Georgia War, on February 16, he was repeatedly appointed as Commander of Georgian Armed Forces. After the occupation of Georgia by Soviet Russia, General Kvinitadze emigrated with other members of the government and command. He lived in France, where he died in 1970.