Service No : IC-4466

Date of Birth : September 19, 1928

Place of birth : Ludhiana Dist(Pun)

Service : Army

Last Rank : Major

Unit : 4 Horse (Hodson's Horse)

Arm/Regt : The Armoured Corps

Operation : Op Riddle

Awards : Maha Vir Chakra

Martyrdom : October 3, 1965

Major Bhupinder Singh MVC

Major Bhupinder Singh hailed from Harnampura village in Ludhiana district of Punjab and was born on 19th September 1928. Son of Shri Sajjan Singh, Maj Bhupinder joined the army after completing his education. He was commissioned into the Hodson’s Horse on 11th December 1949 at the age of 21 years. By the year 1965, he had been promoted to the rank of Major and had put in over 15 years of service. By then, Major Bhupinder Singh had developed into a committed soldier and gritty officer, who always believed in leading from the front. During the 1965 Indo-Pak war, Major Bhupinder Singh’s unit got deployed in the Punjab sector.

 

Battle of Phillora (Indo Pak War): 19 Sep 1965

 

The battle of Phillora was one of the largest tank battles fought during the Indo-Pak war. It was the first major engagement between the two nations in the Sialkot sector. The battle started on 10 September, when Indian troops launched a massive attack at the Phillora sector. Its 1st Armoured Division was on the offensive in that area. Equipped with four armoured regiments, this division faced stiff opposition from the Pakistani 6th Armoured Division. Pakistani air attacks did little damage to the tank columns and more to lorry and infantry columns. For the next two days, intense fighting continued and the outnumbered Pakistani troops made a tactical retreat towards Chawinda. By this time Indian troops had destroyed 67 Pakistani tanks.

 

During this time Maj Bhupinder Singh was commanding the squadron  ‘B’ of 4 Horse which was deployed to cut the enemy line of along road Gadgor-Phillora and provide a fire base for attack on Phillora. Major Bhupinder Singh led his squadron with distinction in the battle of Phillora and his squadron was able to cause large-scale destruction of Pakistani tanks and other equipment. Maj Bhupinder also played a key role in the subsequent "Battle of Sodreke" on 19 September. With skillful deployment and bold action, his squadron proved its mettle and changed the course of the battle in India’s favour.

 

Although Maj Bhupinder’s tank was hit on several occasions, he continued to remain in effective command and by several acts of personal gallantry inspired his men to fight courageously. In one of the attacks, though his tank was damaged he bailed out safely but went back to save one of his comrades, displaying a high degree of gallantry, camaraderie and leadership. However on 19th September which happened to be Major Bhupinder Singh’s  birthday, his tank got hit by an  enemy Cobra missile during the battle and caught fire. He had destroyed four enemy tanks by then. The missile hit resulted in a devastating fire that engulfed the tank completely. The driver of the tank was 'killed in action' on the spot and Major Bhupinder Singh and his gunner Sowar Vir Singh suffered grievous injuries. They were evacuated to the near by medical facility and later shifted to the Military Hospital Delhi. Sowar Vir Singh later recovered but Maj Bhupinder subsequently succumbed to his injuries on 3rd October 1965. Major Bhupinder Singh displayed outstanding courage and leadership during the operation and laid down his life in the service of the nation.

 

For displaying exemplary gallantry, leadership and devotion to duty Major Bhupinder Singh was awarded nation’s second highest gallantry award ‘Maha Vir Chakra” posthumously.

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20 Comments
  • RAVINDER SINGH GILL

    2022at10:29 pm Reply

    His father was EX.En and supervised the construction of Bhakra Dam.
    He was the real cousin of my real cousin’s wife.
    I feel proud to be his relative.

  • Ravinder Singh Gill n/a

    2022at10:29 pm Reply

    One more thing I didn’t mention earlier that his father was XEN of Bhakra Nangal dam during it’s built up.
    He was the first XEN to be dismissed in country and in those old days it was of about 7 lac rupees scandal.
    Major Bhupinder Singh disowned his father.
    When his father wept in hospital and said, “if you bailed out safely, then why did you went in again”.
    Major replied, “I had to wash some of my father’s sins. Because of you 65 labourers died. I could save only one life.”

  • Suvandas

    2022at10:29 pm Reply

    Sir … entire world will remember your courage Greatest service for Nation

  • Valsan Kunnath

    2022at10:29 pm Reply

    Big Salute to the Brave Son of Bharath Major Bhupinder Singh, Maha Vir Chakra
    “Duty beyond Death” “Soldiers go beyond call of Duty”
    You will always be Saluted for your Patriotism, Utmost Courage, Supreme Sacrifice to the Motherland.
    Undefeated Soldier of Courage, Taking Pride in the UNIFORM
    INDIAN FLAG WILL ALWAYS FLY HIGH….
    JAI HIND… VANDE MATHARAM

  • Arindam Bose

    2022at10:29 pm Reply

    Hats off to Major Bhupinder Singh!!!

  • Mali Rituja Sunil

    2022at10:29 pm Reply

    Many soldiers worked hard to win india & give him freedom. I salute to all the leaders who gave freedom to us & also to the indian citizen. Thank you

  • Mali Rituja Sunil

    2022at10:30 pm Reply

    I don’t know the war was effective, but many soldiers worked hard to win india & give him freedom. I salute to all the leaders who gave freedom to us & also to the indian citizen. Thank you

  • Philomina sam

    2022at10:30 pm Reply

    Your story of courage and sacrifice is truly remarkable sir, I salute you. Jai Hind

  • Simranjeet Singh

    2022at4:20 pm Reply

    But nobody knows that Major Bhupinder Singh’s real house is in Harnampura Village district Ludhiana where his land is also available, his father did job in Ropar District, but his mother lived in Harnampura village as my mother said she saw so many times when his mother went to near Bharat nagar Chowk to saw his Son’s statue and the pakistani tank which was took away by Bhupinder singh from Pakistan army in the indo pak war and also the stadium is available in Village at the name of Major Bhupinder Singh.

    • RAVINDER SINGH GILL

      2022at12:09 pm

      Actually the whole family disowned Sajjan Singh. He used to live alone in a big bungalow in Rakkh Bagh, Ludhiana.
      Only his Bihari servant and his family looked after him and later Sajjan Singh made a will of the Rakkh Bagh’s Bungalow in favour of the Bihari servant.

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