The Rezang La war memorial. The Battle of Thermopylae we read of with goose bumps. I think this is a great pity.
We reached in about days on October 26 and reported to the Corps HQ and were asked to proceed to Bomdi La with whatever transport we could lay our hands on. At Bomdi La, 1st Madras was already in position and the rest of the area devoid of troops. Indian troops being inspected before leaving their posts in the Ladakh border region during the war between India and China, So after a recce, I deployed the 1 Sikh LI on the left flack with their 4 companies and retained the 5 Guards in a depth position.
Battalion parties went to prepare camps for company localities. The troops arrived and moved into the areas, all moving on foot Hero of rezang la carrying a rifle and just 50 rounds of 1st line ammunition. We had no heavy stuff like 3" mortars, no digging tools, barbed wire, mines, or even machetes to clear the jungle.
Bomdi La So the brigade has just 9 companies left for a defence area that required I asked for another battalion 4 companiesthis was accepted, but only in principle.
Two or three days later on November 12, the first movement of the Chinese on the Poshing La was seen, so I was ordered to send all of 5 Guards.
I remonstrated and said there will be no Brigade depth position left, I was told that Bomdi La had no tactical importance as envisaged then. But before it could reach, the Chinese struck and the Guards and Assam Rifles were overwhelmed at Poshing La, and when the bulk of the Guards reached Thembang in the evening of November 16, they came under attack the following day and within hours, ran out of ammunition and requested to withdraw, I permitted them to do so.
I was left with 6 companies and to top it all, that night I was told to send two companies with the two light tanks I had to Dirang Dzong to connect up with the Div HQ.
The Corps Commander Kaul came on the line and told me to move the forces regardless of the consequences. As anticipated, the column was attacked as it left Bomdi La and the tanks were set on fire. Now I had three companies left in a place that required 16 companies to defend.
Next day on November 19 about noon, having lost all heights and contacts with any of the battalions and the Div HQ. Then I heard that some forces had been left behind at Bomdi La, so I went back there and found them sitting there without taking up defensive positions, and I told them to withdraw.
Late at night, the Chinese attacked the Rupa positions and after a short fight, we had to again withdraw, this time to Chaku. By that time no control was left over the troops and they were more like stragglers moving down to the foothills.
The war saw a failure of military and political leadership of the country. Our intelligence, too, was not very good Why are we wallowing in our defeat.
It was a bad show, we should forget it and move on. Both Bisht and Govind had been prisoners of war PoW in On November 17, the Chinese army launched a massive attack on their positions guarding the Se La pass.
The Garhwalis fought back resolutely, but soon, their ammunition stock had exhausted and they were asked to withdraw. Thereafter, confused orders led to a collapse of the Indian positions in Se La.
Bisht and four other soldiers lost their way on their return journey.
They survived on soft leaves and berries at the time. When they were crossing a snow-covered area on day eight, they were caught by the Chinese army, which took them to Lhasa. After receiving no information about his whereabouts for four months, the Bisht family in Ghesh even tried to conduct his last rites.
When I arrived at my village in June-JulyI got a rousing welcome. Major Shaitan Singh is holding the position.
I approached Company Commander Singh, wondering whether he would like to have a tumbler of tea. He deserved some tea.
Hardly a few minutes went by when the Chinese renewed their attack on Chushul with the overwhelming fire power of artillery and heavy mortars. The major threat of the Chinese was directed towards Rezang La because of its tactical importance.
Carrying our rifles, we brought him down into the nullah and rested him on a rock. His last words were: Regroup with another company to launch counter attack. Maam Chand accompanied by four other comrades managed to escape and tell the story of the bravery and sacrifice.Nov 19, · attheheels.com» News» Never forget the Heroes of Rezang La.
The hero who prevented the Chinese from invading Assam; Let's salute an unhonoured hero! To the sacred memory of the Heroes of Rezang La, Martyrs of 13 Kumaon who fought to the Last Man, Last Round, Against Hordes of Chinese on 18 November Built by All Ranks 13th Battalion, The Kumaon Regiment.
Major Shaitan Singh, the hero of the Battle of Rezang La in the Indo-China War, was awarded the Param Vir Chakra posthumously. He was born on 1 December . Rezang La is one such front in Ladakh sector of Jammu and Kashmir where Indian Jawans led by a fear by fearless Major Shaitan Singh killed over Chinese within a battle of six hours or even less.
The Heroes of Rezang La Irony of the incident is that when Yadav returned to the headquarters and told everyone what had happened at Rezang La, no one believed him saying that it was impossible for the men to have killed thousands of soldiers all alone.
Heroes of Rezang La War Recall The Day When Indian Jawans Killed Chinese Soldiers.