7 Biggest Victories of Indian Army
Written by crucible on December 7, 2017
On this Armed Forces Flag Day, Fever FM has taken this victorious initiative to celebrate the struggle and sacrifices bestowed on us by our great superheroes of the nation. Fever FM is the official radio partner of Indian Army.
Not all superheroes wear capes. The heroes of our nation have had fought till last man, last bullet, and have had sacrificed their souls for our nation. On this Armed Forces Flag Day, let’s have a glance at some of the bravest battles fought by our soldiers.
Against the Pashtuns:-
1. Battle of Saragarhi
When: 12 September 1897
Fought between: British Indian Army and Pashtuns
Image Source: Wikipedia
21 men of 36th Sikhs fought till last breath to defend an army post against 10,000 Afghan and Orakzai tribesmen in Kohat which is situated in present day Pakistan. They resorted to hand-to-hand-combat in the end, causing the death of 180 Pashtuns.
2. Battle of Assal Uttar –
When: 8th to 10th September 1965
Fought between- India and Pakistan
Image Source: Indian Defence Update
When Khem Karan was invaded by Pakistani army, the Indian forces accumulated in a horse-shoe shaped defensive position with Asal Uttar being it’s focal point. They flooded the sugarcane fields and then lured the swampy trap in the morning making Pakistan lose 97 tanks while India lost 10.
3. Battle of Chawinda
When: 14-19 September 1965
Fought between: India and Pakistan.
This has been one of the largest tank battles in history since the Battle of Kursk in World War 2. The Pakistani Army controlled 282 tanks while Indian Army had 225 tanks and the Indian side aimed at seizing control of the Sialkot- Pasrur railway. The UN intervention brought the battle to an end. While Pakistan bagged the victory title, India still managed to capture 518 sq km of Pakistani territory.
4. Battle of Longewala
When: 4th to 7th December 1971
Fought between: India & Pakistan.
The Battle of Longewala was one of the most crucial engagement of the western sector during the time of Indo Pakistan War. The Battle of Longewala witnessed low Indian casualities and heavy Pakistan losses. India was able to use the defender’s utmost advantage and they managed to inflict heavy losses on the Pakistanis.
5. Battle of Meghna Heli Bridge
When: 9 December 1971
Fought between: Indian forces against the Pakistani defence forces.
This battle marks one of the smartest moves by India’s defence forces as 700 people were airlifted in 110 various sorties over a period of 36 hours in secret, across the Meghna river in Bangladesh when the Pakistani Army had destroyed its only bridge. This made way for the Indians to bypass Pakistani defence positions, thereby capturing all the approaches to Dhaka, finally leading to the victory for Indians.
6. Battle of Tololing
When: 20 May – 13 June 1999
Between: India and Pakistan
Image Source: Indiatimes.com
It took three weeks for the army to capture Tololing because the only way to do it was making a frontal assault. Soldiers had to shed their 2-kg food packets in favour of more ammo so that they could climb the sheer vertical slope. 23 soldiers had laid down their lives, yet the indian Army managed to capture at least 5 more outposts.
7. Battle of Nathu La & Cho La –
When: 11 September – 1 October 1967
Fought between: India and China
Image Source: Quora
The Chinese Army started off the war by opening fire on Indian posts at both the passes, which are at a height of 4,100-5,500 m .India tried to repel the attack for weeks but in the end, India lost 65 of its soldiers while the Chinese lost around 300.