Param Vir Chakra | Captain Gurbachan Singh Salaria

 

Param Vir Chakra Captain Gurbachan Singh Salaria

Captain Gurbachan Singh SalariaPVC ( born 29 November 1935 – 5 December 1961) is a military war hero, who was awarded the Param Vir Chakra (PVC), India’s highest wartime military award. In the 1988 television serial Param Vir Chakra by Chetan Anand, Captain G.S. Salaria was played by actor Brando Bakshi.

Param Vir Chakra

Captain Gurbachan Singh Salaria

Param Vir Chakra Captain Gurbachan Singh Salaria
Born 29 November 1935
Gurdaspur, India
Died 5 December 1961 (aged 26)
KIA at Elizabethville, Katanga,Congo
Allegiance  Republic of India
Service/branch  Indian Army
Years of service 1957–1961
Rank  Captain
Unit 3/1 Gorkha Rifles
Battles/wars Congo Crisis
Awards Param Vir Chakra

CITATION

Param Vir Chakra Captain Gurbachan Singh Salaria

3/1 GORKHA RIFLES (

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On 5 December 1961, 3/1 Gorkha Rifles was ordered to clear a roadblock established by the gendarmerie at a strategic roundabout at Elizabethville , Katanga . The plan was that one company with 2 Swedish armored cars would attack the position frontally and Captain Gurbachan Singh Salaria with two sections of Gorkhas and two Swedish armored personnel carriers would advance towards this roadblock from the airfield to act as a cutting-off force.
Captain Salaria with his small force arrived at a distance of 1500 yards from the roadblock at approximately 1312 hours on 5 December 1961 and came under heavy automatic and small-arms fire from an undetected enemy position dug in on his right flank. The enemy also had two armored cars and about 90 men opposing Captain Salaria’s small force.
Captain Salaria appreciating that he had run into a subsidiary roadblock and ambush and that this enemy force might reinforce the strategic roundabout and thus jeopardize the main operation, decided to remove this opposition. He led a charge with bayonets, khukris, and grenades supported by a rocket launcher. In this gallant engagement, Captain Salaria killed 40 of the enemy and knocked out the two armored cars. This unexpected bold action completely demoralized the enemy who fled despite their numerical superiority and protected positions.

Captain Salaria was wounded in his neck by a burst of automatic fire but continued to fight till he collapsed due to profuse bleeding. Captain Salaria’s gallant action prevented any enemy movement of the enemy force towards the main battle scene and thus contributed very largely to the success of the main battalion’s action at the roundabout and prevented the encirclement of UN Headquarters in Elizabethville. Captain Salaria subsequently died of his wounds.

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