Far from home and loved ones, these heroes sacrifice their own lives so the entire nation can sleep in peace. The stories of their courage and passion are larger than life. Read on and be inspired by 3 such army heroes – they are legends whose tales will not just make your chests swell with pride, but whose sacrifices will leave your eyes a little moist.
They are men of steel, standing tall in the harshest of conditions. They disregard freezing cold temperatures and scorching heat to always remain brave, awake and devoted towards us.
They are all heroes, each and every one of them. But there are a few whose stories have become the stuff of legends, stories that deserve to be shared and told over and over again:
1. The war of 1967: When the brave Indian soldiers defeated China and defended Sikkim, Nathu La Incident:
Since border tactics was a common thing that the Chinese Army used to instigate India, the Indian Army decided to lay down the wire to fence the border. As soon as the fencing work commenced, the Chinese Commissioner came to the Indian side and asked them to stop the work. There was a heated argument and the Commissioner left. And just after a few minutes, Chinese troops indulged in the heavy gunfire. Contemplating China’s aggression, Indian side opened fire too. The effective firing resulted in the damage of Chinese bunkers and the death toll was over 400, resulting in China’s defeat.
Cho La Incident: China couldn’t accept their defeat at Nathu La incident, and they planned an unprecedented attack again at Cho La pass. China lost its 40 elite commandos.
The end of the battle witnessed China leaving Sikkim once and for all. Two brave officers – Capt. Dagar and Major Harbhajan Singh died a valiant death.
2. When the Indian Army helped in the annexation of Goa, against the Portuguese Republic in 1961.
When India became independent in 1947, Goa remained under Portuguese control. The Indian government of Jawaharlal Nehru insisted that Goa, along with a few other minor Portuguese holdings, be turned over to India.
The 1961 Indian annexation of Goa was an action by India’s armed forces that ended Portuguese rule in its Indian enclaves in 1961. The operation, code-named ‘Operation Vijay’ by the Indian government involved air, sea, and land strikes for over 36 hours, and was a decisive victory for India, ending 451 years of Portuguese colonial rule in Goa.
3. When Lieutenant Navdeep Singh displayed invincible spirit while fighting the terrorists and making an ultimate sacrifice for the nation.
After knowing about the infiltration of a group of terrorists in Jammu Kashmir on 20 August 2011, Lieutenant Navdeep Singh gauged the likely route of the terrorists and planned to lay an ambush at the appropriate spot. When the terrorists were spotted, an exchange of intense fire ensued.
Leading from the front, the officer eliminated 3 terrorists at close range. On seeing another terrorist approaching their position, with utter disregard to his personal safety, the officer swiftly changed his firing position and he got hit by a bullet on his head. He nevertheless managed to eliminate the 4th terrorist. Further displaying utmost bravery and comradeship, he pulled an injured fellow soldier to safety and kept firing until he became unconscious due to excessive blood loss.
He has posthumously conferred the highest peacetime gallantry award of India, the ‘Ashoka Chakra’ by President of India on the 63rd Republic Day.
Though their acts of bravery cannot be limited to this article, on account of Indian Army Day, let’s take a moment to salute these brave soldiers for their esteemed contributions towards the country.