Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh
One of the countless expamples of the Sikh's courage comes at the battle of Kohima, Burma in 1944. The 15rh Sikh Regiment headed by Naik Gian Singh was facing defeat. The Sikh solidiers wer well entrenched in teh sweltering swamps of Burmese jungles. The Japanese, better suited and well motivated were strongly pushing westward to the plains of India. As the merciless machine gun shots from the Japanese foxholes burst from the bush, Gian Singh pushed forward with his men behind him, he ordered his men to cover him as he single handedly cleared foxhole after foxhole.
Despite being severely wounded, he continued to push through the intense fire and cleared a stragegically vital road, The Japanese were forced to retreat. Gian Singh received the Victoria Cross, the highest order of gallantry in the British Army at the end of the war.
Today in the Kohima cemetery, among the 1,378 grave markers is the famous Kohima memorial with its historic incription:
"When you go home tell them of us, and say, for your tomorrow, we gave our today"
|Naik (Corporal) Gian Singh VC|
15th Punjab Regiment
Bhul chuk dhi khima, H
Picture: Naik Gian Singh
Contributed by UNITED SIKHS Volunteer, Harbans Kaur