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
Units involved
18 Grenadiers
8th Sikh Regiment
2 Naga
Casualties and losses
38 killed[3] 92 killed[3]
2 escaped[4]

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, 2 Naga, and the 8th Sikh Regiment.

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.[4] The total assault had taken over 200 troops,[4] 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.[4] 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] In the final assault at the Tiger Hill top, ten Pakistani soldiers were killed while two escaped.[4][5] Five Indian soldiers also died in the battle.[4][5] The whole operation lasted 36 hours.[4] By 6:50 am, on 4 July, the Indians re-captured Tiger Hill (Point 4660).[1][4]

Yogendra Singh Yadav of the Grenadiers was awarded the highest military honour of the Indian Republic, the Param Vir Chakra.[6] In all, Indian looses were 38 killed in action, while Pakistan looses were 92 killed in action during the battle.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Wilson Prabhakar, Peter (2003). Wars, Proxy-wars and Terrorism: Post Independent India. Mittal Publications. p. 142. ISBN 9788170998907. 
  2. ^ Lavoy, Peter R., ed. (2009). Asymmetric Warfare in South Asia: The Causes and Consequences of the Kargil Conflict. Cambridge University Press. p. 190. ISBN 9781139482820. 
  3. ^ a b c Data India. Press Institute of India. 1999. p. 419. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Dutt, Sanjay (2000). War and Peace in Kargil Sector. APH Publishing. pp. 210–213. ISBN 9788176481519. 
  5. ^ a b Orton, Anna (2010). India's Borderland Disputes: China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Nepal. Epitome Books. p. 123. ISBN 9789380297156. 
  6. ^ "Seven Hour Battle that won India, Tiger Hill". Bharat Rakshak. 18 May 2005. Archived from the original on 2009-08-21. 

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