Battle of Tiger Hill
|Battle of Tiger Hill|
|Part of Kargil War|
|Indian Army||Pakistan Army|
8th Sikh Regiment
|Casualties and losses|
|38 killed||92 killed
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.
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 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. In the final assault at the Tiger Hill top, ten Pakistani soldiers were killed while two escaped. Five Indian soldiers also died in the battle. The whole operation lasted 36 hours. By 6:50 am, on 4 July, the Indians re-captured Tiger Hill (Point 4660).
Yogendra Singh Yadav of the Grenadiers was awarded the highest military honour of the Indian Republic, the Param Vir Chakra. In all, Indian looses were 38 killed in action, while Pakistan looses were 92 killed in action during the battle.
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