Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Heros of Indian Army!

I have always been fascinated by Indian Army...My dad being my idol served the country and my cousins and half of the family serving the country,few have laid their lives also...

India has many unsung heros .....one person I came Across as real hero of Indian Army...is
General Harbaksh Singh....Modern India s greatest Soldier..

Born in 1913 in Badrukhan in Sangrur and having graduated from Government College at Lahore, he was commissioned into 5 Sikh in 1935

He was a graduate of the 1st course at the IMA after a year's attachment with a British battalion, The Argyl and Sutherland Highlanders, wherein he saw active service on the North-West Frontier.He commanded a company of 5 Sikh in 1942 in Malaya against the Japanese....

Severely wounded in the head, a steel plate which he carried to his last day was a constant reminder. He was in a military hospital when General A.E Percival, the Allied field commander, surrendered all Allied forces in Malaya and Singapore to the Japanese in 1942. Then followed three years of a miserable existence and near starvation as a Japanese prisoner of war.

Released at the end of the war in 1945, he remained in hospital for some months with beri-beri and other problems brought on by malnutrition and inhuman conditions in Japanese POW camps.

Posted as second-in-command of 4 Sikh on release from hospital, he was perhaps the only deputy ever to ride a horse on parade in an infantry battalion, as he was too weak to march.

There have been three episodes in his brilliant military career which make him stand out as one of the most outstanding commanders in modern Indian history...

Field Marshal Lord Wavell, seen apt for describing General Harbaksh Singh: "He was essentially a soldier's soldier, and takes an assured place as one of the great commanders in military history".

Gen Harbaksh Singh died, his funeral was on November 15, 1999. Very few knew about it, therefore apart from his friends and contemporaries, former officers of the Sikh Regiment of which he had been colonel for over a decade, , gathered at the Delhi cantonment to say our final farewell.

The Army did him proud by giving him a send off befitting a great soldier. And while the ceremonies were on, and six Lieutenant Generals removed the National Flag from the body which was to be cremated, I couldn't help wondering how fortunate it was for the country to have had the right man at the right place at the right time....

My blog is dedicated to ...The Real Unsung Heros of Indian Army...

Punjab is proud of all such sons who have lived up to its highest cherished values. "Courage in the face of death!"

Soldier, rest thy warfare is o'er,
Dream of fighting fields no more;
Sleep the sleep that knows no breaking,
Morn of toil, nor night of waking.

9 comments:

Uma said...

Thanks to such great Heroes to keep us safe in our Motherland! good job Harman!

Bikramjit said...

Our history is full of such brave people, especially the ones who fought the world war, pity no one has brought them out.. its only been individual efforts..

But Salute to such heroes..

and Wish the army was as it used to be..

THanks for sharing.

SathyaSridhar said...

My Salute to such great brave people who are saving our country facing lot of hurdles n terrible weather without having proper food. Ohh, they are like our mother saving us staying far from us.

Chandrika Shubham said...

Thanks for sharing the biograpy of great heroes.
Salute to them!

Haddock said...

There are many who silently do their work and move on without any pomp or show. They are the real heroes.

Zeenu said...

Good, I am happy you wrote something about Indian army.We being daughters of Army officers should contribute something like awareness how our boundaries are guarded by our brave soldiers at the cost of their lives to make a Common man understand.
Gen Harbaksh Singh was a gr8 man ..my dad knows abt him.
thanks.

*Harman* said...

@UMA..yup..u r right... these r the people who secure our borders.!

@Bikram..yup..Gr8 heros of gr8 country...Ya..I came to know abt Gen harbakh from one of our cousins discussing about Army ...

@Satya sridhar..yup..I think everybody needs to realize thaat ..and give them their ..due respect!

@Chandrika..thanks...yup..

@haddock...Very true....But ought to remember..our freedom is due to them..

@Zeenu..ya..My family knows abt him too..I guess.. all dots r connected!!

candy singh said...

my daughters great grandfather,Col.Gurbaksh Singh was the brother of Gen.Harbaksh Singh.THey are direct descendants of Tara Singh "Gheba" of Maharaja Ranjit Singhs time and belonged to the Dalewale Misl.Thier ancestor Sardar Jiwan Singh died in the last battle of the sikh kingdom,the battle of Sabraon. read what the british had to say about the bravery of thier enemy.These are descendants of people in whom fear has been bred out

Harman said...

its my honor to have you here...such a great persons relative...thank you for dropping by...I am truly honored!
great people with courage and honesty... I salute my country men and their courage and bravery!!
thanks
harman