Dera Baba Nanak Brigade remembers 1971 veterans

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Gurdaspur
  • Updated: Dec 05, 2014 22:23 IST

Under the aegis of Dera Baba Nanak (DBN) Brigade, a wreath laying ceremony was held near Dera Baba Nanak town on Friday to commemorate the anniversary of the 1971 Indo-Pak war, in which the DBN Brigade had exhibited exemplary courage.

The ceremony was presided over by Commander, DNB Brigade, who laid the wreath on behalf of all ranks of the Panther Division.

During the battle, 34 enemies were killed, many wounded and 26 soldiers were taken as Prisoners of War, while our 10 jawans were killed, 32 wounded and three went missing.

After the war, the Brigade was awarded the ‘Battle Honour of Dera Baba Nanak’ for successful accomplishment of the operation and gallant officers and men of the Brigade were awarded three Maha Vir Chakra, seven Vir Chakra, 15 Sena Medal and 14 Mention-in- Dispatches.

DBN Day is celebrated on December 5 and 6 every year to recognise the valour exhibited by the valiant soldiers of the Brigade during the war.

On this day, the DBN Brigade undertook a lightening strike into the enemy’s territory from Dera Baba Nanak town.

On the night of December 5, 1971 the Brigade was entrusted with the task of capturing the DBN bridge to deny a launch pad to the enemy.

Displaying undaunted courage, initiative and leadership, the gallant men of the Brigade launched an offensive into enemy’s territory on the intervening night of December 5 and 6. In spite of heavy enemy resistance, they captured the bridge by 5.15am on December 6.

The Brigade had the proud privilege of being the first Brigade of Western Command to hoist the Tricolour in the captured territory of Pakistan.

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