AKHNOOR: The war heroes of Chhamb Battle of 1971 were remembered and paid obeisance in a simple yet befitting manner on 05 Dec at Chhamb War Memorial, Akhnoor under the agies of Cross Sword Division. The memorial service was conducted to commemorate the sacrifices made by brave soldiers of 5th Battalion, The SIKH Regiment during 1971 Indo-Pak War.
A company of 5 SIKH, during the war, was entrusted with the vital role of defending important approaches to Chhamb Sector under the leadership of Maj DS Pannu.
The company successfully repulsed as many as fourteen attacks launched by Pakistan Army over four continuous days thereby successfully thwarting the designs of the Pakistan Army in the sector. The brave soldiers of 5 SIKH Regiment stood fast till the end, despite all odds in the finest traditions of the Indian Army and sacrificed their lives in the call of duty.
Wreaths were laid by Maj Gen NPS Hira, SM, GOC Crossed Swords Division and Col NJS Pannu (Retd), brother of late Maj DS Pannu, Vrc (posthumous) and other serving and retired soldiers on recognition of the sacrifices made. A number of civilian administration officials and locals also attended the ceremony and paid their respects to the brave sons of the nation.