Brig(Retd) Sukhjit Singh, MVC, Indian Army

Brig(Retd) Sukhjit Singh, MVC

During the Indo-Pak war in December 1971, Lt. Col. Sukhjit Singh was commanding an armoured regiment on the Western Front.

On 10th December, his regiment was deployed west of Naina Kot when the enemy launched an armoured attack in strength under cover or intense medium artillery and heavy mortar fire. In utter disregard of his own safety, he placed himself in the most threatened sector and under heavy shelling and tank fire, opened the cupola of his tank so that he could observe and direct the fire of his tanks effectively.

Due to his presence and inspiring leadership, the enemy attack was beaten off without any loss to his own troops. Then on 11th December, he personally led an outflanking force and under heavy medium artillery and mortar fire closed in with the enemy and destroyed eight tanks and captured one officer, two junior commissioned officers and two other ranks.

Throughout this period, Lt. Col. Sukhjit Singh displayed exemplary leadership, outstanding courage and firm determination in the face of the enemy in the best traditions of the Army.