Service No : IC-5548
Place of birth : Maharashtra
Service : Army
Last Rank : Lieutetant Colonel
Unit : 8 Kumaon
Arm/Regt : The Kumaon Regiment
Operation : Indo-Pak War-1965
Martyrdom : August 13, 1965
Lt Col MV Gore hailed from Maharashtra and was commissioned into the 8 Kumaon Battalion of the Kumaon Regiment, an infantry Regiment well known for its dauntless soldiers and numerous battle exploits. After completing his training he served in various operational areas and developed into a committed soldier. By the year 1965, he had put in substantial years of service and had been appointed as Commanding Officer of the 8th Kumaon battalion.
Indo-Pak War : August 1965
During 1965, Lt Col MV Gore was commanding 8 Kumaon battalion, which was deployed in Trehgam town of Kupwara district in Jammu and Kashmir. The unit got deployed in Trehgam on 01 August 1965 as a replacement to 4 Kumaon battalion, which had finished its tenure in J&K. However the situation in J&K suddenly changed in the first week of August 1965. Pakistan launched Operation ‘Gibraltar’, sending thousands of infiltrators into Jammu & Kashmir in the first week of August 1965 to carry out sabotage, subversion and indoctrination of the local population, encouraging them to overthrow Indian rule. According to the plan, several small groups of armed infiltrators were to cross the Cease Fire Line and enter the Valley between 1 and 5 August 1965. Simultaneously, Pakistani attacks would be launched in the Jammu Sector, tying up Indian forces in Chhamb and isolating Rajouri and Poonch. The Jammu-Srinagar and Srinagar-Kargil roads would be cut, isolating Srinagar, which would be captured with the help of the local population.
The Gibraltar Force drawn from the Azad Kashmir battalions, Special Service Group and Mujahids. They were divided into a number of columns or forces, named after well known Islamic heroes such as Tariq, Qasim, Khalid, Salahuddin, Nusrat, Ghaznavi, Murtaza and Babar. The infiltrating columns succeeded in entering Indian territory at several points and became active from 6 August onwards. The Tariq Force damaged several bridges on the Kargil - Srinagar highway, raided the Border Roads camp at Doras and damaged the Ganderbal powerhouse and waterworks near Srinagar. The Qasim Force entered the Gurais Sector and raided HQ 268 Infantry Brigade and a gun position. The task force 3 of 'Khalid Force' was given the task of raiding Trehgam camp, ammunition dump at Chowkibal and bridge at Kralpura. On receiving the information on 08 August, 8 Kumaon battalion under Lt Col MV Gore swung into action.
As a precautionary measure, Lt Col MV Gore launched protective patrols in Chowkibal area and west of Trehgam. At around 8 pm on 08 Aug, the infiltrators made an attempt to attack Trehgam base but the patrol led by 2nd Lt Joshi fired and drove them back. Lt Col MV Gore, immediately took over the situation and sent Maj YS Bisht and Capt Surendra Shah with patrols to support 2nd Lt Joshi. A patrol of 'A' company with Capt Surendra Shah moved out to link up with the patrol of 2nd Lt Joshi. Meanwhile, he ordered Maj Bisht to occupy a hill feature dominating the ammunition dump. He also sent reinforcements to Kralpura bridge to deal with any eventualities. The clashes with infiltrators, continued for several days. Meanwhile the situation in Nowgam area in Baramulla district had become precarious and Col MV Gore had to leave Trehgam to control the situation in Nowgam. By 13 August the enemy infiltrators had occupied heights surrounding Nowgam believing to be a major administrative base. The infiltrators launched an aggressive attack on the Dak bungalow in Nowgam on 13 Aug where Lt Col MV Gore and his men were staying. In the ensuing fierce gun battle Lt Col MV Gore and several other soldiers got severely injured. The Army mules tied in the stables were also brutally shot. However soon Lt Col MV Gore and seven other soldiers succumbed to their injuries and were martyred.
Lt Col MV Gore was a valiant soldier and a gritty commanding officer, who led from the front and laid down his life in the line of his duty following the highest traditions of the Indian Army.