The Greatest Last Stand Ever


The greatest last stand 53 years ago is the story of legends, that now rest in the legendary tales. It’s the story of political but military failure. It’s the story of melancholy and pride. It’s the story of how a war united the nation as never before. It’s the story of courage till the last breath. It’s the story of the greatest of stories of Sino-Indian War(1962). It’s the story of those who saved Ladakh. It’s the story of Rezang La.

It’s said that the best of you come out in the worst of situations. Heroes are thence born through futility and hopelessness, else it would not have been possible for 123 Ahris of Charlie Company of the 13 Kumaon to hold back the Chinese soldiers numbering from 5,000 to 6,000 efficiently trained to mountain warfare and equipped with artillery operations from wounding our land with nothing in match to their superior warfare techniques but only with the zeal of unparallel bravery on the rememberable date of 18 November 1962. Under the unreal leadership of Martyred Major Shaitan Singh, these Infantry Jawans were to vow to guard the Chushul airfield. They were to fight until the last man against the 400 times stronger Chinese Army shielding and proceeding behind platoons and the dead corpse of their fellow friends, which was to start in the icy heights at 03:30 in the morning. People think twice before believing that they really killed more than 1300 Chinese soldiers till any of them survived. The Chinese troops ultimately announced their independent triumph on 21st November 1962.

Only 9 survived the disaster and disgrace, taken as prisoners of war, who miraculously escaped from there only to tell the rest of the world their story of the battlefield.

The Chinese troops ultimately announced their independent triumph on 21st November 1962.

Though the war was lost but not the honour, though the governance was weak not the Patriotism.The soul-stirring action displayed by the soldiers couldn’t find any better inscriptions of their memoir but in our hearts and then it’s our responsibility to preserve and pass on this legacy to our children.

Now there are none of those ashes but the soil smelling their sacrifice and among the ruins buried under the earth of Rezang La, stands a memorial holding its head high, that reads-


“How can a Man die Better than facing the Fearful Odds,

For the Ashes of His Fathers and the Temples of His Gods,

To the sacred memory of the Heroes of Rezang La,

114 Martyrs of 13 Kumaon who fought to the Last Man,

Last round, Against Hordes of Chinese on 18 November 1962.

Built by All Ranks 13 Battalion, The Kumaon Regiment.”


Jai Hind!


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