On the 26th of July, 2016, we celebrate the 17th anniversary of the Kargil War. It is both a pride inducing moment and a prick in the hearts of the soldiers who valiantly fought for our nation. After the Kargil War, around 527 brave sons of India came wrapped in The National Flag.
The Indian army launched its final attacks during Kargil War in the last week of July the fighting ceased on 26 July. The day has since been marked as Kargil Vijay Diwas (Kargil Victory Day) in India.
Pakistani soldiers had an advantage of high altitude, any attack from Indian side required far high ratio of attackers to defenders
“For our tomorrow they gave their today..”
“Either I will come back after hoisting the tricolor, or I will come back wrapped in it, but I will be back for sure.” – Capt. Vikram Batra, PVC
“If death strikes, before I prove my blood, I swear I’ll kill death.” – Capt. Manoj Kumar Pandey PVC.
If we start enlisting the names of Brave Soldiers of India it will take 100s of days to write them..
KARGIL VIJAY DIWAS (26 JULY, 1999)
3 May 1999: Infiltrators from Pakistan side under the Operation Badr comes inside India with an aim to sever the link between Kashmir and Ladakh, and cause Indian forces to withdraw from the Siachen Glacier.
25 May 1999: Indian Air Force launched Operation Safed Sagar with instructions to not cross the Line of Control.
26 May 1999: Operation Vijay launched mobilizing almost 200000 troops.
30 May 1999: Indian Navy launched Operation Talwar sending submarines on patrols close to Karachi harbor.
4 July 1999: Indian forces captured Tiger Hill along with Point 4590 (the nearest point with full view of the Srinagar-Leh highway) and Point 5353 (the highest peak in the Dras Sector).
14 July 1999: Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee declares Operation Vijay a success.
26 July 1999: Indian Army announces complete eviction of Pakistani intruders. Over 520 soldiers were killed in the entire Kargil war.