Brigade remembers 1971 Heroes of 'operation Akal'
Chandigarh, Dec 5 (UNI) Commemorating the anniversary of capturing the Dera Baba Nanak bridge by the Indian army on December 5,1971, the Dera Baba Nanak (DBN) Brigade today organised a number of events including a wreath laying ceremony at Batala and DBN War Memorials and a Barakhana in the Tibri cantonment.
Several senior retired officers who had participated in the 1971 Indo-Pak war, senior military, police and civil officers attended the functions.
During the 1971 Indo-Pak war, Pakistan took control of a double-decker rail and road bridge over river Ravi that connected Dera Baba Nanak, a strategically important town near the international border.
On December 5, 1971, the DBN Brigade was entrusted with the task of capturing the DBN bridge.
Displaying undaunted courage, initiative and leadership, the gallant men of the Brigade launched 'Operation Akal' into enemy territory on the night of December 5-6. In spite of heavy enemy resistance, the Brigade captured the bridge, thus thwarting enemy's plan of any offensive in the area.
The Brigade had the privilege of being the first formation to hoist the tricolour in the captured territory of Western Pakistan.
During the battle, the enemy lost 34 personnel and 26 enemy soldiers were captured while on the Indian side, 10 men were killed, 32 wounded and 3 went missing.
The Brigade was awarded the 'Battle Honour of Dera Baba Nanak' and its gallant personnel won 3 Mahavir Chakras, 7 Veer Chakras, 15 Sena Medals and 14 Mention in Despatches.
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