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Indian Army remembers its 114 brave sons on 60th Rezang La Day, memories become fresh

India-China War: The Indian Army remembered its 114 soldiers and officers who laid down their lives for the country sixty years ago on the snowy heights of Ladakh. On 18 November 1962, Major Shaitan Singh along with 113 other jawans and officers of 13 Kumaon Regiment laid down their lives fighting in the cold desert while defending their motherland against the Chinese forces.

On this day by the Indian Army "rejang la day" is celebrated as A war memorial has been constructed in the memory of these martyrs in Chushul village. On the eve of the 60th anniversary of the 1962 Sino-Indian War, a memorial service was held at the Chushol Rezang La War Memorial. On the occasion, Defense Secretary Giridhar Armane paid tributes to the brave martyrs who laid down their lives during the Indo-China war of 1962.

On this occasion, Giridhar Armane said, "The nation will always be grateful to Major Shaitan Singh and other soldiers of Charlie Company, who defended the Chushul Valley till the last man and the last bullet."

Rezang La battle brings back memories

Let us tell you that the battle of Rezang La in eastern Ladakh in 1962 was one of the notable military operations of India. The battle of Rezang La will always be an inspiration for generations to come. Major Shaitan Singh, along with 113 soldiers of 13 Kumaon Regiment, commanded the unit protecting the country. Soldiers of Charlie Company of 13 Kumaon Regiment of Indian Army had shown indomitable courage and valor in the battle of Rejang La.

60 years ago on the morning of 18 November, when more than five thousand Chinese troops, supported by heavy artillery, attacked Charlie Company defending Chushul’s airfield, a fierce battle broke out, in which Indian soldiers defending Chushul were killed. Brave sons laid down their lives.

120 brave soldiers of Charlie Company of 13 Kumaon Regiment under the leadership of Commanding Officer Major Shaitan Singh had given the biggest blow to the Chinese People’s Liberation Army and killed thousands of Chinese soldiers in the battle. In this war, 114 soldiers of C Company were martyred while fighting. Five of the wounded were taken as prisoners, although they all escaped.

Three months later, the bodies of Charlie Company soldiers were recovered in fighting posture. Some were found far from the trenches, with bullet and bayonet wounds from hand-to-hand combat. Sonam Ringzin, 72, who participated in the war as a local coolie helping the army, said that all the villagers helped the army during the war. But, it was an unequal battle because 15 years after independence the Indian army was not well equipped, had neither winter clothes nor better weapons, to fight with the huge Chinese army. < /p>

Today the Indian Army can answer everyone

Sonam while attending the ceremony at the memorial said, "But today the army is well prepared, it has everything it needs in these difficult areas. If the Indian Army can protect these lands with its own hands, then we are strong now."

On the 60th anniversary of the Battle of Rezang La, senior army officers of the Fire and Fury Corps will pay homage to the martyrs at the Rezangla War Memorial near Chushul. A series of events are being organized at the renovated war memorial, which was inaugurated by Defense Minister Rajnath Singh last year.

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