Brigadier Khem Karan Singh

Commander of 1 Armoured Brigade at Sialkot,Brigadier Khem Karan Singh was assigned the task of destroying the enemy armored division. The enemy tank force was larger and technically superior.

Award of this, Brigadier Singh moved his forces at night, covering a vast area and surprised the enemy by launching a well-planned attack from the rear, the next morning. The sudden attack caught the enemy off guard and unnerved him.

In the first three days of the battle itself,75 enemy tanks were destroyed and the enemy command thoroughly demoralized. The Indian losses were minimal. At the end of Battle ,the Indians had gained control of phillora, a vital communications point in Sialkot.

For his unflagging sense of duty and leadership, Brigadier Singh was duly awarded the Mahavir Chakra.