One of the greatest last stands, the Battle of Saragarhi !




One of the greatest last stands, the Battle of Saragarhi was fought on September 12, 1897, by 21 Sikh soldiers of the British India Army against 10,000 Afghans in the Samana Valley of Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, which was then part of India. In a show of unprecedented courage and unparalleled valour, all the 21 soldiers of 36 Sikh Regiment fought till their last breath against the Afghan hordes and went down as superheroes who are celebrated not only by the Indian Army but even the British Army. On September 12, 1897, the 21 soldiers of 36 Sikh Regiment soldiers of the British Indian Empire led by Havildar Ishar Singh defended Saragarhi, a small rocky outpost situated between Fort Gulistan and Fort Lockhart in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. The 36 Sikh Regiment later became the 4th Battalion of Sikh Regiment in the Indian Army and the force commemorates September 12 as Saragarhi Day to honour their fallen comrades. The 21 soldiers were from Punjab's Majha region and were posthumously awarded the Indian Order of Merit, at that time the highest gallantry award which an Indian soldier could receive. The soldiers included 165 Havildar Ishar Singh, 332 Naik Lal Singh, 546 Lance Naik Chanda Singh, 1321 Sepoy Sundar Singh, 287 Sepoy Ram Singh, 492 Sepoy Uttar Singh, 182 Sepoy Sahib Singh, 359 Sepoy Hira Singh, 687 Sepoy Daya Singh and 760 Sepoy Jivan Singh, 791 Bhola Singh, 834 Sepoy Narayan Singh, 814 Sepoy Gurumukh Singh, 871 Sepoy Jivan Singh, 1733 Sepoy Gurmukh Singh, 163 Sepoy Ram Singh, 1257 Sepoy Bhagwan Singh, 1265 Bhagwan Singh, 1556 Sepoy Buta Singh, 1651 Sepoy Jivan Singh and 1221 Sepoy Nand Singh. . . . . Follow : touchofhistory . . . . #saragadhi #hindu #indian #sikh #sikhism #warrior #indianmilitary

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