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58th Asal Uttar Day

58th Asal Uttar Day

The Battle of Asal Uttar was one of the largest tank battles fought during the Indo-Pak War of 1965. It was fought from 08 Sep to 10 Sep 1965, when the Pakistan Army tanks and Infantry thrust was launched into Indian Territory towards the town of Khem Karan. The Indian troops retaliated and after three days of fierce fighting, the battle ended with the Pakistani forces being repulsed from Asal Uttar.  The battle resulted in destruction and capture of around 97 Patton tanks of Pakistan Army.

The battle also witnessed an act of unparalleled bravery in the modern day war fighting displayed by CQMH Abdul Hamid, Param Vir Chakra (Posthumous) of 4 GRENADIERS who was instrumental in single handedly destroying seven enemy tanks between 07 Sep and 09 Sep 1965 using his Recoilless Gun before making the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty.

The 58th Martyrdom Anniversary of CQMH Abdul Hamid, Param Vir Chakra (Posthumous) in the battle of Asal Uttar, 1965 was organized by Agnibaan Brigade under the aegis of the Golden Arrow Division at the Shaheed Smarak near Asal Uttar village with solemnity and fervor befitting the occasion. The occasion was solemnized with conduct of wreath laying by Brigadier Vikram Chandel, Commander, Agnibaan Brigade followed by guard of honour at the resting place of the brave martyr. The ceremony was concluded to the tune of ‘Last Post’ being sounded by the buglers and two minute silence for the martyr. Mrs Nazbun Nisha, daughter of CQMH Abdul Hamid, Param Vir Chakra (Posthumous) also witnessed the ceremony alongwith the other relatives of the martyr. The civil administration officials, Army Veterans of the area and locals joined the Indian Army in remembering and paying homage to the gallant heroes who laid their lives for the motherland.