Maj Gen Salim Caleb, MVC, Indian Army

Maj Gen Salim Caleb, MVC

On 10th September 1965, Lt Col Salim Caleb commanded the 3 cavalry in the Khem Karan sector. They were deployed in the Bhikhiwind Patil area to prevent an enemy attack thrust.

On September 8, as enemy tanks broke through the Indian defences, Lt Col Caleb intercepted them on the Bhikhiwind Khem Karan road and in the ensuing battle destroyed 6 tanks.The enemy was again thrawted as it moved towards the west and soon its advance was halted.

On September 10, as the Pakistani forces sought another breakthrough, the 3 cavalry deployed itself in two semi-circles prepared for any eventuality. At 3.30 p.m. a fierce tank battle commenced and despite heavy enemy fire for long spells, Caleb exercised his command with calmness and fortitude and inspired his officers and men to fight against the enemy fearlessly. In this action 15 enemy Patton tanks were destroyed and nine others which were in good working condition were captured.

Lt Col Caleb's cool courage, leadership and foresight contributed greatly to this outstanding success. He received the Mahavir Chakra for leading his forces with rare anticipation and courage.