Saturday, December 25, 2010

Abdul Hamid....An Act par Excellence....

As I said sometimes , my mind wanders restlessly and when it starts wandering it has no horizen.It keeps on thinking out of world inspirational acts and this time I am bringing out one more example which will make all stand up with head high for the devotion and bravery showed by our army......

Read here the real and true story of Param Vir Chakra Abdul Hamid for showing bravery in the War against Pakistan in 1965.I standup and  salute Param Vir Chakra Mr.Abdul Hamid for his bravery again after so many years also.......

Read on:

Abdul Hamid (soldier)

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Abdul Hamid

July 1, 1933(1933-07-01) – September 10, 1965(1965-09-10) (aged 32)

Company Quarter Master Havildar,PVC

Place of birth Dhamupur village of Ghazipur District in Uttar Pradesh

Place of death Chima, Khem Karan Sector

Allegiance India

Service/branch Indian Army

Years of service 1954-1965

Rank Company Quarter Master Havildar

Battles/wars Indo-Pakistani War of 1965

Awards Param Vir Chakra
Company Quarter Master Havildar Abdul Hamid (July 1, 1933 - September 10, 1965) was a soldier in the 4 Grenadiers, Indian Army, who died in the Khem Karan sector during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965, and was the posthumous recipient of the Republic of India's highest military decoration, the Param Vir Chakra. The award was announced on 16 September 1965, less than a week after the battle that cost his life.
He was born at Dhamupur village of Ghazipur District in Uttar Pradesh on July 1, 1933, the son of lance Naik Usman Farooqi , who was also a jawan in the Grenadiers. He was enrolled in the 4 Grenadiers on 27 December 1954. In the 1988 Television serial Param Vir Chakra by Chetan Anand, Abdul Hamid is played by actor Naseeruddin Shah.

Contents [hide]

1 Action in Indo-Pak War

2 Citation

3 External links

4 References
[edit] Action in Indo-Pak War
In the new defence plan of the Division, 4 Grenadiers occupied a vital area ahead of Chima village on the Khem Karan-Bhikhiwind road. A firm hold on this area was considered essential to sustain the divisional plan of defence. On September 8 night, the enemy made repeated probing attacks on Grenadiers positions but was frustrated in all the attempts. The most serious threat, however, developed when the enemy attacked with a regiment of Patton tanks at 0800 hours on September 10. The attack was preceded by intense artillery shelling so much so that a shell littered every yard of ground occupied by the battalion.
By 0900 hours, the enemy tanks had penetrated the forward company positions. At this critical juncture, Hamid was commanding a recoilless gun detachment. Seeing the gravity of the situation, he moved out to a flank with his gun mounted on a jeep. Intense enemy shelling and tank fire did not deter him. From his new position, he knocked out the leading enemy tank with accurate fire. Then he changed his position and knocked out another enemy tank. By this time the enemy who had spotted his position brought down concentrated machine gun and high explosive fire on him.
But he kept on firing. As he fired to hit yet another enemy tank, he was mortally wounded by a high explosive shell. Throughout this action, CQMH Abdul Hamid inspired his comrades to put up a gallant fight to beat off the enemy tank assault. His sustained act of bravery and disregard for personal safety, in the face of constant enemy fire, were a shining example, not only to his unit but also to the whole division and were in the highest traditions of the Indian Army. Company Quarter Master Havildar Abdul Hamid was honoured with the highest war time gallantry medal, Param Vir Chakra, posthumously
His citation gives him credit for three tanks destroyed; in fact he had destroyed no less than 7 enemy tanks [1]. This is because the citation for Abdul Hamid's PVC was sent on the evening on 9 September 1965 but he destroyed 3 more tanks on the next day, plus the seventh one which also killed him.
PVC Abdul Hamid's actions exposed an important vulnerability in the M48 Patton and after the 1965 war, the M48 was largely forced into extinction from military use around the world and replaced by the M60. India set up a war memorial named "Patton Nagar" ("Patton Town") in Khemkaran District, where the captured Pakistani Patton tanks are displayed. A U.S. study of the battles in South Asia concluded that weaker areas of the Patton's armor (such as rear and sides) could in fact be penetrated by the Ordnance QF 20 pounder guns of the Centurion tank and the 75mm guns of the AMX-13. The U.S had given Pakistan the Patton tanks used in the war.

[edit] Citation
The citation for the Param Vir Chakra awarded to him reads:

4 GRENADIERS (NO 2639985)

At 0800 hours on 10 September 1965 Pakistan forces launched an attack with a regiment of Patton tanks on a vital area ahead of village Cheema on the Bhikkiwind road in the Khem Karam Sector. Intense artillery shelling preceded the attack. The enemy tanks penetrated the forward position by 0900 hours. Realising the grave situation, Company Quarter Master Havildar Abdul Hamid who was commander of an RCL gun detachment moved out to a flanking position with his gun mounted on a jeep, under intense enemy shelling and tank fire. Taking an advantageous position, he knocked out the leading enemy tank and then swiftly changing his position, he sent another tank up in flames. By this time the enemy tanks in the area spotted him and brought his jeep under concentrated machine-gun and high explosive fire. Undeterred, Company Quarter Master Havildar Abdul Hamid kept on firing on yet another enemy tank with his recoilless gun. While doing so, he was mortally wounded by an enemy high explosive shell.

Havildar Abdul Hamid’s brave action inspired his comrades to put up a gallant fight and to beat back the heavy tank assault by the enemy. His complete disregard for his personal safety during the operation and his sustained acts of bravery in the face of constant enemy fire were a shining example not only to his unit but also to the whole division and were in the highest traditions of the Indian Army.[2]

My Comments:
The only thing I would like to know here is, whether Indian Government is looking after the family of Paran Veer Chakra Abdul Hamid?I doubt they would be taking care of his family......


  1. Even if they don't, they will be taking care of Ajmal kasab :-(

  2. Hi Rajeev,

    Your doubt is true . As far is I know Indian government , it is very hard for anybody who dosent have big post in indian army to get their right. They never take care of their small army men , their is big disparity among higher post army men & lower post armymen. They reserve all for their higher post armymen ..& it is still intact this time too. I believe if Abdul hamid family don,t now know the tactics to get their right ,they may be denied their right.

    I am writing this because it takes me 15 years to get my right back from indian army as a family. In that they make a excuse that they could not locate us & that is totally false.

  3. Dear All,

    I agree with d TT,jameen aur aasman ka antar use to think or cry for d facts.sab usi ghat ka paane pee rahe hi.being a exserviceman I observed most of d fellow armymen nor our politicians unknown to their war heros