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Outnumbered and outgunned, they fought to last man: Tales of valor from India-China War

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    On October 20, 1962, China launched simultaneous offensives in Ladakh and across the McMahon Line, marking the beginning of an India-China war. This day, on the fifty fourth anniversary of the war, let us look at five tales of heroism from the war India lost.

    India and China fought a month-long war in 1962 which started on October 20, the day China's People's Liberation Army invaded India in Ladakh and across the McMahon Line in the then North-East Frontier Agency (NEFA), now called Arunachal Pradesh.

    Despite India losing the war to China, one of the main reasons being the little preparedness Indian Army had for the war, India-China war had many heroic stories for the coming generations. On the 54th anniversary of this war, famous as Sino-Indian war of 1962, here are the stories of five heroes who fought for our country.


    Rifleman Jaswant Singh Rawat ::

    Jaswant Singh Rawat is the Indian solider who single-handedly inflicted severe blow to a huge Chinese army.

    In what is called as the Battle of Nauranang that began on November 17, 1962 and went on for the next three days, Jaswant Singh, the only man left at his post at an altitude of 10,000 ft, managed to kill over 300 Chinese soldiers by firing from different bunkers.

    By the time Chinese soldiers could reach the post, Indian Army's reinforcements arrived, thus saving the opponents progress into Arunachal Pradesh. Singh, who was helped by two tribal girls Sela and Nura, is said to have betrayed by the man who supplied ration to him.

    Jaswant Singh was honoured with a Mahavir Chakra (posthumously).


    Lt Col Dhan Singh Thapa ::

    When the Chinese Army, in overwhelming strength, attacked the Indian Army in Ladakh, Lt Col Dhan Singh Thapa was in command of the forward post.

    In the operation called as 1962 Leg Horn, the post that was majorly outnumbered fought the Chinese under his brave command, defended the post and inflicted heavy casualties on the Chinese Army.

    The Chinese Army had to attack the post with tanks supporting their infantry to finally overrun Thapa's post.
    The War Decorated India and Trust website says that despite being outnumbered, Thapa got out of his trench and fought with Chinese soliders, hand-to-hand, killing many of them before being finally overpowered.
    Lt Col Dhan Singh Thapa was honoured with Param Vir Chakra.


    Subedar Joginder Singh Sahnan ::

    The Sikh Regiment that held a defensive position near Tongpen La in the then North-East Frontier Agency (NEFA) was under Subedar Joginder Singh.

    Third day after the Chinese Army began the invasion in 1962, in the wee hours of October 23, the Chinese launched a heavy attack on the Bumla axis to enter Tawang in three waves, each around 200 soliders strong. Joginder and his men mowed down the first wave, making the Chinese men shiver.

    The second wave was crushed by the platoon the same way. They had, by then, lost half the force but the platoon, under the leadership of Joginder, held its ground, refusing to withdraw.

    In the third wave of attack, Chinese succeeded in advancing towards the post but Joginder, with the men left in his platoon, fixed bayonets and caused heavy casualty a third time before being overpowered.
    Joginder Singh was honoured with Param Vir Chakra (posthumously).


    Nathu La Cho La incident ::

    The Indian Army faced a demoralising defeat at the hands of the Chinese Army in the 1962 war, and the Indian troops were waiting for a chance to avenge it. The India Army defeated the Chinese in the Nathu La Cho La clash of 1967, resulting in Chinese military withdrawal from Sikkim.
     
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