1971 war hero Lieutenant General R M Vohra dies of Covid-19

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On the final day of the 1971 conflict, Lieutenant General R M Vohra, then a Lieutenant Colonel in charge of 4th Horse, one of many Indian Army’s most adorned and feared tank regiments, decimated the higher a part of a Pakistani armoured brigade that was attempting to cease his tanks from crossing the Basantar river and thrusting deeper into that nation. He was later awarded a Maha Vir Chakra (MVC) and his regiment the Basantar battle honour.

The adorned soldier succumbed to Covid-19 on the Base Hospital in New Delhi on Sunday. He was 88.

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After his wonderful tenure with the 4th Horse regiment, Vohra went on to command one in all India’s two elite armoured divisions, a corps that dealt with all of the insurgency campaigns within the Northeast and at last the Eastern Command within the days after the Chinese intrusions at Sumdorong Chu, close to Tawang. An old-school cavalry officer from the times of chivalry and allure, Vohra was a well-loved General, whose typically brusque exterior hid an enthralling readiness to help any of his officers or troopers in bother.

When Vohra assumed command of the 4th Horse within the lead as much as the 1971 conflict, the regiment was already famed for its fight historical past, most just lately within the 1965 Indo-Pakistan conflict when it received the battle honour of Phillaurah. Earlier, in World War I, the regiment, then mounted on horses, received the battle honour of Cambrai in 1917 when its horsed troopers charged and overcame German defences outfitted with machine weapons.

Vohra’s quotation for the MVC, the second-highest gallantry award learn: “During the battle of Basantar river, his regiment, impressed by his private instance and braveness, stood quick in opposition to repeated assaults by the enemy armour and destroyed 27 enemy tanks with minimal casualties to the unit. Throughout the operations, Lieutenant Colonel Vohra displayed conspicuous gallantry and galvanizing management consistent with the best traditions of the Army.”

Vohra will likely be a conspicuous absentee from the Army’s celebrations subsequent yr of the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Basantar.


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