General Arun Shridhar Vaidya, MVC(Bar), AVSM, Indian Army

General Arun Shridhar Vaidya, MVC(Bar), AVSM

During the Indo-Pak conflict of 1965, Lt Col Arun Shridhar Vaidya was in command of the Deccan Horse. From the 6th to 11th September, his unit fought a series of actions in Asal Uttar and Cheema(Punjab). In the battle he showed inspiring leadership and remarkable resourcefulness in orgnising his unit and fighting against heavy odds and inflicted severe casualties on the Patton tanks of the enemy.

With untiring effort he moved from sector to sector with complete disregard for his personal safety, thereby inspiring his troops by his personal example. He was instrumental to a large extent in stemming thrusts by enemy armour in the battle of Asal Uttar and later at Cheema and delivered effective blows to the enemy tanks on 10-11 September. For this he was awarded the MVC.

During the Indo-Pak war in December 1971, Brigadier Arun Shridhar Vaidya was commander of an armoured brigade in the Zafarwal sector on the Western Front. He moved his brigade swiftly to get to grips with the enemy, and took the enemy tanks by surprise. He employed his tanks relentlessly and aggressively and helped the division to maintain constant pressure and momentum of advance against the enemy.

In the battle of Chakra and Dahira, the going was difficult due to deep minefield and terrain. In a cool and confident manner, Brigadier Vaidya undertook the crossing through the minefield. He personally moved forward, disregarding personal safety. Through his inspiring leadership, the entire squadron pushed through the lane and quickly deployed itself to meet the enemy's counter-attacks.

During the battle of Basantar, he again displayed his professional skill and superb leadership. He got his tanks through one of the deepest minefields, expanded the bridgehead and repulsed a strong enemy counter-attack. In this battle, 62 enemy tanks were destroyed.

Throughout, Brigadier Vaidya displayed outstanding courage, great professional skill, indomitable will, foresight and imagination in fighting against the enemy in keeping with the best traditions of the Army. For this he was awarded the Bar to MVC.