One of the toughest battles in the world was the Kargil War, in which Indian soldiers never dared to look back after such a dust mat to Pakistani infiltrators. The reason for this war was the capture of many important peaks of India by entering Pakistan’s soldiers and its supported terrorists within the LoC i.e. Line of Actual Control of India-Pakistan. Threatening to national pride by weakening India on the Siachen-Glacier by taking control of the road connecting Leh-Ladakh with India.
In Kargil war, India defeated Pakistan
During this fierce battle that lasted for two months, many such Indian battlefields sacrificed their lives for this country, many of whom had not even seen 30 springs of their lives. This battle, which started from 8 May 1999, lasted on 26 July 1999 and after the victory of the Indian Army, it is celebrated every year as Kargil ‘Victory Day’.
Indian soldiers had to face a lot of difficulties in getting rid of Pakistani soldiers and intruders in the inaccessible places. But, in front of the valor of Indian soldiers, Pakistan knelt down and fled while saving lives. One of these brave Indian warriors is – Lieutenant Balwan Singh of 18 Grenadiers.
How Pakistan was driven away from Tiger Hill under the leadership of Balwan Singh?
In the decisive battle of Kargil, Lieutenant Balwan Singh, now a colonel, was the ‘Tiger’ of Tiger Hill. Balwan Singh was given the responsibility of regaining his control over Tiger Hill. At the age of 25, Balwan Singh traveled through impassable roads on a 12-hour journey to reach the top of the hill and led the deadly platoon troops. For this operation that lasted for 36 hours, 18 Grenadier soldiers had reduced their food items and filled them with arms and gunpowder.
03 July 1999. Lieutenant Balwan Singh was tasked to assault Tiger Hill Top. Despite being seriously injured, he engaged the enemy in close combat and single handily killed many enemy soldiers. Displayed indomitable resolve & grit. Awarded #MahavirChakra #RememberingKargil pic.twitter.com/MVupTHoO1G
— ADG PI – INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) July 3, 2018
The attack took the enemies by surprise as he had not expected India to take such a difficult path. To capture the 17 thousand feet high Tiger Hill, 18 Grenadiers had operated for 36 hours and about 44 soldiers had sacrificed their lives. In such a close encounter, Lieutenant Balwan Singh killed four enemy soldiers despite being seriously injured.
After this, the rest of the Pakistani soldiers thought it better to run away than to counter this anger of the Indian soldiers. Balwan Singh hoisted the tricolor of India on Tiger Hill and was later awarded the Maha Vir Chakra for his indomitable courage and bravery. Before leaving for Tiger Hill, Lt Singh took a pledge with his soldiers: “Will come unfurling the tricolor at Tiger Hill, no matter what happens.”
Balwan Singh told – what difficulties came
Talking to the media, Balwan Singh recalled that day and said that it was the night of July 3 and enemy bullets were firing from above. It was snowing a lot too. He said that six Indian soldiers were martyred during this period. Yogendra Yadav was seriously injured. Balwan Singh said that I also got shot, but we did not give up and drove the Pakistani army from Tiger Hill and hoisted the flag there.
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