The courage of 13 Kumaon

General K. S. Thimayya, the most celebrated Kumaoni and independent India's fourth army chief, applauded the defenders of Rezang La in glowing terms, as did his successor more than a decade later, General T. N. Raina, also belonging to the Kumaon Regiment. Wrote Thimayya: "In military history you rarely come across such examples when facing such heavy odds the men fought to the last bullet and the last man". Indeed, in the annals of war the name of 13 Kumaon deserves to be written in letters of gold.

The writer is a Delhi-based political commentator

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