When war calls, Sikhs answer. With 72 Battle Honours, 15 Theatre Honours, 2 Param Vir Chakras, 14 Maha Vir Chakras, 5 Kirti Chakras, 67 Vir Chakras and 1596 other gallantry awards, the Sikh Regiment is one of the most feared units of the Indian army. The history of the regiment spans over 154 years and numerous unparalleled stories of valor that will never be forgotten.
The first battalion of the regiment was brought together just before the annexation of the Sikh Empire in 1846 by the British. A fact that’s vastly believed is that the regiment’s heritage has its roots in the teachings and sacrifices made by the Sikh Gurus and has imbibed the fearlessness of Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s Khalsa Army.
The Sikh Regiment fought with extreme gallantry during the 1st and 2nd World Wars under the Royal British Army. Then came the Kargil War of 1999 and the futile mission to capture the Tiger Hill. No points for guessing, the Sikh regiment was called upon for the fatal mission. With the immaculate efforts of sepoys Rashwinder Singh, Sukhwinder Singh and Jaswinder from the 8th Sikh battalion, key heights surrounding the hill were secured and enemy fire was neutralized. Eventually, despite the extremely harsh weather conditions and unending Pakistani fire, the Hill was completely isolated from all the three directions and was soon recaptured. 10 Jawans made the supreme sacrifice during the mission and 48 others were wounded. Tiger Hill has ever since been under the Indian Army’s control. This is just is one of the many wartime bravery stories from the treasure chest of the Sikh regiment.
What started from only 2 battalions is now a regiment of 19 regular infantry and two reserve battalions. We salute these men!