Abdul Hamid, The Courageous Man Who Destroyed 6 Pakistani Tanks During The Indo Pak War of 1965 – Insiderfolks, As India and Pakistan participated in the second of their four battles, there was no lack of heroes from this side of the frontier.
Yet some of them really stood out for their courage. One of these titles was Havildar Abdul Hamid.
The Battle of Asal Uttar was where he had attained martyrdom. It occurred on the 10th of September, 1965. 55 years after his death, the memory of his bravery still resonates with us.
Abdul was born on 1 July 1933 in the village of Dhamupur, in the district of Ghazipur, United Provinces, British India. His father had been a tailor by profession. He had four brothers, two sisters.
He joined the Indian Army in 1954 and became part of the Grenadiers Regiment. Eventually, he would be sent to the 4th Division of the regiment, where he would serve until his death.
But the war of 1965 was not the first time he had seen action. He had a taste of battling firsthand in the war against China in 1962. Yet three years later, he must have gained fame like no other.
The Lethal Fight
At dawn on 9 September, the 4th Grenadiers dug their trenches when they first detected the arrival of Pakistani tanks.
Abdul was in command of the vehicle-mounted, withdrawn gun detachment. They kept a fire until he pulled out a truck.
Soon another one was taken out, and by then anti-personnel and anti-tank mines had been laid around the Grenadiers’ position.
In spite of an air force assault from Pakistan, the Grenadiers were hanging on. But then they had to send their own tanks elsewhere.
By then, Abdul had taken out two more ships. But there were only RCL weapons and mines.
On September 10, 3 Pakistani tanks came in range, and amid heavy artillery fire, Abdul took 2 in succession.
Since his open jeep was an convenient target for bombing, he ordered everybody else to cover up.
The third tank saw him, and both of them fired at each other. He was unable to change his position, and the volley took his life.
But his sacrifice helped his battalion to stop further assaults, playing a major role in the final victory.
Legacy of a Soldier
Posthumously, he was awarded the Param Vir Chakra. A Rs 3 postage stamp was issued in 2000. It’s got a bust and a picture of a jeep with an angled rifle.
In 2008, his widow Rasoolan Bibi met with President Pratibha Patil in Lucknow to call for a military-recruiting center in his home.
Every year, his village has a sporting and cultural festival to celebrate his legacy. In 2017, General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Army Staff, unveiled a memorial in the Ghazipur district.
55 years on, the memory of his bravery is still fresh in the memories of those who have served with him and those who have learned of his legendary story.
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