Karamjeet Singh Judge #SikhWarrior
Awarded Victoria Cross (Highest British Gallantry Military/Common Wealth Honor)
Lieutenant Karamjeet Singh Judge, a platoon commander of a company ordered to capture a cotton mill in Burma World War 2, dominated the battlefield by his numerous acts of gallantry. After eliminating ten enemy bunkers he directed one tank to within 20 yards of another and asked the tank commander to cease fire while he went in to mop up. While doing so he was mortally wounded and Killed.
“In Burma on 18th March, 1945, Lieut. Karamjeet Singh Judge commanded a platoon of a company of the 15th Punjab Regiment ordered to capture the Cotton Mill area at Myingyan against stiff enemy resistance from numerous bunkers. Time and again the infantry were held up by heavy fire from bunkers not visible to the tanks.
On every such occasion Lieut. Karamjeet Singh Judge, with complete disregard for his own safety, went forward to re-call the tanks and direct them to these bunkers. In this way ten bunkers were eliminated, and this brilliant and courageous officer in every case led the infantry charges against the bunkers when the tanks had dealt with them.
The Lieutenant was mortally wounded leading a section to clear the last three bunkers, but his men were able to storm the strong point and complete a long and arduous task.
During the battle Lieut. Karamjeet Singh Judge showed cool and calculated bravery; he dominated the entire battlefield by his numerous successive acts of superb gallantry. In three previous and similar actions this young officer had proved himself an outstanding leader. In this, his last, action he gave a superb example of inspiring leadership and matchless courage.”
London Gazette of 3rd July, 1945
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Awarded Victoria Cross (Highest Award in British Military)
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