Capt Vikram Batra Story: You must Know all about SHERSHAH
Capt Vikram Batra Story:- I hope you watched the movie SHERSHAH based on the Kargil war in 1999 with Pakistan. Win of Kargil war is a collective effort of Indian Army Soldiers but Capt. Vikram Batra shows good leadership skills and he led one of the most difficult mountain warfare operations in Indian military history. If we fail to capture this mountain then we can lose the Kargil War. This is the very strategic location for the winning of the war. Now lest see the full story of Capt. Vikram Batra.
About Capt. Vikram Batra:-
|Born||9 Sep 1974|
|Martyred||7 July 1999|
|Award||Param Vir Chakra|
|Battles/wars||Kargil War, Operation Vijay Battle of Point 5140; Battle of Point 4875|
|Alma mater||Indian Military Academy Panjab University, Chandigarh|
Capt Vikram Batra Story as Military Officer:-
Batra joined the Indian Military Academy (IMA) at Dehradun, in June 1996 in the Manekshaw Battalion. After completing his 19-month training course, he graduated from the IMA on 6 December 1997 and was commissioned as a lieutenant into the Indian Army.
On completion of this training, he got his first posting at Sopore in the Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir, an area with significant militant activity. In mid-March 1998, he was sent to the Infantry School at Mhow, Madhya Pradesh, where young Army officers are trained, for the Young Officer’s Course.
Batra Captured of Point 5140:-
The task of capturing Point 5140, a strategically important mountain peak in the Dras sector. Army Decide to capture point 5140 with the two sides under the command of Lieutenant Sanjeev Singh Jamwal, and Delta Company, under the command of Lieutenant Vikram Batra. During the briefing, Jamwal chose the words “Oh! Yeah, yeah, yeah!” to be the success signal for his company whilst Batra chose the words “Yeh Dil Mange More”.
After the capture of Point 5140, Batra was promoted to the rank of captain. This is the pride moment of Cpt. Batra and informed his family of this movement.
Capture of Point 4875:-
The next assignment for Batra’s battalion was to capture Point 4875, a strategically important peak located in the Mushkoh Valley. The Indian victory would not have been complete without the capture of ‘Area Flat Top’ an adjacent peak and part of enemy defences on Point 4875.
Suddenly, Batra, who was silently observing the situation from the base, went to his commanding officer and volunteered, saying the words “I’LL GO UP SIR.” Seeing him unwell, the commanding officer did not have the heart to let him go but Batra insisted on it. Finally, Batra got permission.
During the war Suddenly, Batra realized one of his men had been shot. Turning his face toward Subedar Raghunath Singh, who was sitting behind a nearby boulder, maintaining an iron grip on his AK-47, Batra shouted above the din of flying bullets, We will evacuate him, you and I. With bullets flying around him, he pushed the JCO toward the safer side and taking his place instead, saying: “You have a family and children to go back to, I’m not even married. I will take the head and you take his feet. Batra courageously exposed himself to enemy fire to drag the injured soldier to safety, and in the process was shot in the chest by an enemy sniper from very close range, and a split-second later, by a splinter from an RPG which hit him in the head. Batra collapsed next to the injured soldier, succumbing to the fatal wounds.
Captain Vikram Batra always leading from the front, and fully aware of the great danger of his mission, displayed unparalleled courage and determination in eliminating a Pakistani position at Ledge because he was aware of the importance of his task. His daring assault enabled the completion of the capture of Pt 4875 and this broke the will of the enemy. His courage and action were well beyond the call of duty and he continued to take risks ultimately making the supreme sacrifice in the finest traditions of the Indian Army.
Vikram Batra was awarded the Param Vir Chakra, India’s highest military honour on 15 August 1999, the 52nd anniversary of India’s independence.
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