Battle of Tiger Hill

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Battle of Tiger Hill
Part of Kargil War
Date 1999
Location Kargil district, in Jammu and Kashmir, India
Result Decisive Indian victory[1][2]
Belligerents
 Indian Army  Pakistan Army
Casualties and losses
Unknown Unknown

The Battle of Tiger Hill encompasses the battles fought in and around the peak of Tiger Hill between Indian Army and Pakistani forces from the final week of May till second week of June 1999 during the Kargil War in 1999. The battle, with the concomitant battle for the adjoining peak of Tololing, culminated in Indian forces capturing it.

Indian forces involved in the operation included the 18 Grenadiers and the 8th Sikh Regiment.[citation needed]

Main Battle[edit]

To launch an offensive and repel the Pakistani outpost from Tiger Hill, three battalions of the Indian Army, that of 18 Grenadiers, 2 Naga, and the 8th Sikh Regiment, were chosen with support from the Indian Artillery. The total assault had taken over 200 troops, while they received rear support from a further 2,000 troops. The Grenadiers further sub-divided themselves into Alpha, Charlie, and Ghatak companies when they carried out the assault on 3 July 1999 at 1715 hours to attack from the rear. Pakistani rangers had a doomed resistance under heavy Indian artillery shelling as they were eventually defeated when the Nagas and the Sikhs attacked from the left and the right flanks respectively.[citation needed] By 6:50 am, on 4 July, the Indians re-captured Tiger Hill (Point 4660).

The whole 36-hour operation resulted in Yogendra Singh Yadav of the Grenadiers gaining the highest military honour of the Indian Republic, the Param Vir Chakra; the battle had cost ten of the Pakistani Rangers' lives while it also claimed five of the Indian Army soldiers' lives.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kargil Vijay Diwas: ‘It was a hand-to-hand battle on Tiger Hill’ - Indian Express".  C1 control character in |title= at position 21 (help)
  2. ^ "Tiger Hill - how important is it?". 4 July 1999 – via bbc.co.uk.