Brig Shamsher Singh, MVC, Indian Army

Brig Shamsher Singh, MVC

During the Indo-Pak war in December 1971, Lt. Col. Shamsher Singh was commanding a battalion of the Brigade of Guards during an attack on a formidable position in the Eastern Sector.

The enemy had put up formidable defences with well coordinated artillery, tank and machine gun fire combined with mines, wire and booby traps. In spite of strong opposition from the enemy, the battalion managed to get a foothold on the objective.

The enemy launched a series of counter-attacks during which the battalion ran short of ammunition. Undaunted, Lt. Col. Shamsher Singh engaged in hand-to-hand fighting. He personally directed his troops by moving from place to place and he encouraged his men to hold on to their positions and succeeded in capturing the objective, inflicting heavy casualties on the enemy.

In this operation, Lt. Col. Shamsher Singh displayed conspicuous gallantry and outstanding leadership.