Tuesday, 31 March 2015

BATTLE OF COURAGE: 13 KUMAON AT REZANG LA

The Battle Of Rezang La Was One Such Bright Episode, In The Dark Days Of  sino -Indian War In 1962 ,Which Brought National Honour .It Has Been Rightly Said That Greatest Battles Are Fought and  Won When The Odds Are Hopeless And Defeat  And Deaths Are Inevitable.The  Battle  Of Rezang La Was One Such Battle Of Unprecedented Courage ,Valour And Supreme Sacrifice,A Battle Fought At An Height Of 18000 Ft Above Sea Level With Just 120 Indian Soldiers As  Against Of  5000-6000 Chinese Soldiers.A Battle Which Does Not Have Any Pleasant Memories But Yet The Courage And Sacrifice  Of C Company   Of 13 KUMAON Battalion Will Always Be remembered  As Glorified Victory For The Nation .Looking Back In The Events Of The Battle Of Rezangla Our Hearts Filled Up With Respect And Pride  For The Brave Soldiers Of  c company, 13 KUMAON Battalion Whose Bravery And Sacrifice  set  Example of bravery  For  India and The World.UNESCO Have Published 8 War Stories And The Battle Of Rezangla is  One Among Them.

The Reason Behind Sino-Indian War 1962,Could Be Many But Mainly Two Prime Reasons Paved The Path For Chinese Declaring War Against India , One Is India's increasing  Role In Tibetan Revolts Against China And India Granting  Shelter To  Dalai Lama After Uprising Of Tibet Which Immensely Upset Them And Another One Is Forward  Policy Of India,That Lead India To Place Many Outposts  Near Border,Including Several On The  Macmohan Line That Chinese Did Not Recognise As International Border. Whatever The  Circumstances And Reasons Maybe The Thought  Of  Sino-Indian War Always Brings Unpleasant Memories And thoughts   In our  Mind As  Because Of India's  Failure In  The War,But Even  How Desperately We Want To Forget About India’s Failure In The War Yet We Cannot Forget The Chapters Of Unprecedented Courage,Bravery And Sacrifice Of  Our Soldiers In The War.One Such Chapter  Of Bravery And Supreme Sacrifice  ,Shown In The War Of 1962 Against Chinese Is,  By The Brave Men  Of  C company of  The 13 Kumaon Battalion In The Battle Of Rezang La.
In The Cold Winter  Morning Of 18 November 1962,The Chinese Army Attacked  The Chushul Airfield.Chushul Is Vital For India  To Keep An Hold On Ladakh Therefore Charlie Company A Battalion Called 13 KUMAON Lead By Major Shaitan Singh Fought Against Maybe 5000-6000 Chinese Soldiers ,Fully Equipped With Artillery. While Indian Soldiers Do Not Have Proper Ammunition,  Nor They Had Men .The Company Just Had 120 Men As against Of 5000 -6000 Chinese Soldiers ,Yet The Company Decided To Fight Till Their Last Round ,Last Breath.they fought gloriously   and 120 men of the c company killed almost  1300 Chinese soldiers .
Even After So Many Years Of  The Battle Of Rezangla, Images Are Fresh In The Minds of  Those Who Have Survived It, Images Of The Soldiers ,Who Died Fighting Yet They Dint Stop,A Jawan Holding His Light Machine Gun,Dead,But Did Not Stop Clasping His Gun And A Jawan Throwing Grenade,Dead,Still Holding  Grenade In His Hands, Even The Chinese Cannot Take Out Grenade From His Hand  . Even The Harsh Climatic Condition Made The Situation Worse,Some Soldiers Were Frozen In Fighting Position,their damaged weapons by Chinese artillery still clenched by them . But Still The C company of 13 KUMAON battalion , Never Looked Back ,They Kept On Fighting ,Not Even One Soldier From The Company Have Been Shot In The Back All Are  Shot On Their Chests,each soldier of the company have killed 10 Chinese soldier and then died. The  Battle of rezang la also recorded the   Highest Number Of Casualties of infantry ,ever recorded  In Indian Army , As Out Of 120 Men Of c company ,The 13 KUMAON Battalion 114 Died And Just 6 Survived Out Of Which 5 Were Captivated By Chinese As Prisoners But They Managed To Escape And One Was Sent To Tell The Story Of The Battle Of Rezang La To The World By Not Other Then The leader  Of This Brave Battalion, Major Shaitan Singh.
LATE MAJOR SHAITAN SINGH,PVC
Major Shaitan Singh Though Was The leader Of The c  Company  of 13 KUMAON battalion  But He Was Not A Kumaon,He Is From Rajasthan,A Rajput.Major Shaitan Singh Though Has Shaitan As His Name But He Turned Out To Be God For His Company And India.If The Battle Of Rezangla Was Lost And Chushul Airfield Was Captivated By Chinese Then The Picture Of India Would Be Totally Different From What It Is Today.Even Major Shaitan Singh Have To Sacrifice His Life In The Battle And He  Was Awarded With India's Highest Gallantry Honour Param Vir Chakra.



the monument at chushul reads as;
how can a man die better,

than facing fearful odds,

for the ashes of his father,

and temples of his god.
few episodes of  heroism and bravery in the war history ,can match the c company of 13 KUMAON battalion.but what distinguishes the glory of c company from others is the sacrifice even after knowing the result.c company jawans have fully sacrificed themselves in defending chusul but not for a prize ,it was a selfless sacrifice and this makes them more glorious then others.we cannot say that  battle of rezangla as a unplanned or foolish  act of a battalion, because it had changed the picture of sino-indian war.the battle of rezangla helped in reducing the momentum of Chinese attack and gave time to other battalions to prepare for defence.we even lost the sino-indian war but the glory of the c company,13 KUMAON battalion cannot be ignored,their glory will always be remembered  by the nation




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