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Why people of Gurgaon must visit the Rezang La war memorial
On an extremely cold morning on November 18, 1962, the Charlie Company of the 13 Kumaon battalion comprising of about 120 soldiers took on between 5,000-6,000 Chinese soldiers equipped with heavy artillery at Rezang La pass, situated at a height of 17,000 feet. After a fierce battle, 114 Indian soldiers died, five were taken prisoners but right after the battle only one soldier was sent back to tell the story of the brave effort of the Indian soldiers. When the lone soldier got back to base, and reported the incident, a Company Commander refused to believe that so few Indian soldiers had killed about 3,200 soldiers - breaking the Chinese advance and momentum. The soldier also reported the bravery of Naik Singh Ram, a trained wrestler, who after bayonets failed to pierce the Parkas of Chinese soldiers, used his bare arms to bang the heads of Chinese soldiers together. The courageous stand of 13 Kumaon, most of whom belonged to Haryana's Rewari city, also helped protect the crucial border airfield of Chushul. Soon after the setback at Rezang La, the Chinese ended the war. Most Indians associate the 1962 war with disgrace but not many know about the heroics at Rezang La.