Hawaldar Abdul Hamid – India’s most celebrated and respected soldier

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Abdul Hamid is that great soldier of the Indian Army who received India’s most prestigious and the highest decoration award, The Param Veer Chakra. This award, also known as the PVC, is equivalent to the Medal of Honor in the USA and the Victoria Cross in the UK.

Abdul Hamid

Bio on Abdul Hamid 

This revered soldier was born on 1 July 1933. He joined the army in December 1954 when he was just 21 years old. He was posted in the 4th Battalion of the Grenadiers Regiment. This regiment also majorly participated in the battle of Namka Chu against the People’s Liberalisation Army and was known as the Sino-Indian War.

His sacrifice for our Nation

During the Indo-Pak War in 1965, this regiment was entrusted with the most vital position. They were ordered to stay alert before the village of Chima on the Khem Karan Bhikhiwind line. When the battle of Asal Uttar took place on 9th and 10th September 1965, Hamid was successful in destroying 6 Pakistani Tanks but was killed during his engagement with the 7th one. This was one of the bravest sacrifices made by any soldier in the history of our nation.

The Pakistanis had sent their platoon tanks at Khem Karan on the 8th of September. This is where Abdul Hamid was made in charge of all operations with just a recoilless gun to go against the tanks! Abdul Hamid did not give up even though the odds were against him and his team.

Abdul Hamid

Sadly, he died on 10 September 1965. He was awarded the Param Veer Chakra for his actions during the Indo-Pak War in 1965, which he did not survive. He could not be a part of the glory of the victory of the war.

But, Abdul Hamid was very strategic which made him survive the 8 tanks that came in before the 9th one. He made sure that their team kept on re-positioning to avoid any attacks by the Pakistani air support and the huge tanks shooting right at them. He single-handedly destroyed 8 tanks and was fired at by heavy mechanized war equipment after he destructed the 8 tanks. 

The Aftermath

The sacrifice of Abdul Hamid inspired his comrades to put up a fight and beat the enemies. The team entirely destroyed and abandoned approximately 97 Pakistani tanks. They did not let the enemy pass through Khem Karan.

Abdul Hamid laid down his life so that Indians could live in peace and safety of our homes. His memorial was made at Jodhpur and he lives on in war trophies that stand in Army Cantonments all across India.

Most people also don’t even know that the renowned social activist, ‘Anna Hazare’ was Abdul Hamid’s comrade in the Indo-Pak war, where Anna Hazare was assigned the job to carry firearms and bombs to the border. 

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