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Brigadier
Rai Singh Yadav
MVC
Born (1925-03-17)17 March 1925[1]
Died 23 March 2017(2017-03-23) (aged 92)
Place of birth Kosli, Rewari, Haryana, British India
Allegiance  India
Service/branch  Indian Army
Rank Brigadier of the Indian Army.svg Brigadier
Unit The Grenadiers
Commands held
Battles/wars
Awards Maha Vir Chakra ribbon.svg Maha Vir Chakra[3]

Brigadier Rai Singh Yadav, MVC (17 March 1925 – 23 March 2017) was an officer in the Indian Army notable for his participation in the Nathu La and Cho La clashes 1967. He displayed exemplary courage and leadership during the clashes, for which he was awarded the Maha Vir Chakra, India's second highest military decoration. He is also known as the Tiger of Nathu La.

Early life[]

Rai Singh was born in the village of Kosli in now in Rewari district of undivided Punjab, now in Haryana on 17 March 1925. Rai Singh passed his Senior Cambridge from King George Military School, Jullundur.

Military career[]

Rai Singh joined the Army as a sepoy in 1944. He was commissioned into 2 Grenadiers on 10 December 1950.

In 1967, with the rank of Lt Col, he was commanding the 2 Grenadiers battalion deployed at Nathu La, Sikkim, when the Chinese Army attempted incursions into Indian held territory, leading to the Nathu La and Cho La clashes. In order to hold on to the Nathu La pass and defeat the Chinese attempted incursions, Lt Col Rai Singh led his men from the front and displayed conspicuous bravery and exceptional leadership in the face of the enemy.[4]

In popular culture[]

Brigadier Rai Singh Yadav's character was played by Bollywood actor Arjun Rampal in the 2018 Indian Hindi-language film Paltan (film).[5]

See also[]

Further reading[]

  • Maj Gen DK Palit, War in the High Himalayas, Lancers

References[]

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