Lt Gen Krishnaswamy Gowri Shankar, MVC, Indian Army

Lt Gen Krishnaswamy Gowri Shankar, MVC

During the India-Pakistan war in December 1971, Brigadier Krishnaswamy Gowri Shankar was commanding an infantry brigade which was responsible for the defence of Dera Baba Nanak on the Western Front.

His brigade was given the task of capturing a well prepared and heavily fortified enemy locality, which was held in strength by the enemy. He showed boldness and originality in the planning of the attack. During the attack he was always in the forefront, directing operations and exercising personal control, undeterred by heavy enemy tank, medium machine gun and artillery fire.

By his presence with the forward troops, sharing their hardships and dangers, he not only inspired confidence but was able to modify the plans to ensure speed and maintain the momentum of the attack. His skill and inspiring presence ensured success of this attack with heavy losses to the enemy.

During this action Brigadier Shankar displayed conspicuous gallantry, and outstanding leadership.