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The living legends

 New Delhi, January 26, 2013
First Published: 01:08 IST(26/1/2013) | Last Updated: 03:28 IST(26/1/2013)

"There are only three principles of warfare - audacity, audacity and audacity" - famous words from American World War II hero, George S Patton.

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Bana Singh, Sanjay Kumar and Yogendra Yadav have no link to Patton - other than the audacity they showed in different conflicts for India, courageous feats that won them the country's highest wartime gallantry award, the Param Vir Chakra. They are also the only three surviving Indian soldiers to proudly wear that medal on their chests.

Today, on Republic Day, we honour them by bringing their stories to you in the exciting graphic novel format.

Singh scripted his tale of valour on the icy heights of the Siachen glacier - the world's highest and coldest battlefield - in 1987 when the Indian Army recaptured a crucial post from the Pakistanis in a daring assault.

Kumar and Yadav are both Kargil heroes.

Kumar crawled up a ridge alone amid a hail of bullets that tore his chest and forearm apart, inspiring his platoon to capture a vantage point, Area Flat Top.

Yadav, too, took several bullets in the battle to capture Tiger Hill, a turning point in the 1999 Kargil conflict.

The military usually awards the PVC posthumously. But Singh, Kumar and Yadav - who received their medals on Independence Day in 1999 - proved they were exceptions to the rule.

(The artwork has been created by Rishi Kumar, a freelance Illustrator based in New Delhi. He is also the creator and publisher of the war comics titled Siachen: The Cold War and Battlefield Siachen.)

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