|The Formation sign|
|A glimpse of various operations by 8 Div|
Between Monday and Saturday, me and cameraperson colleague Tariq revisited the Kargil-Drass-Batalik sector to make a programme on the 8 Moutain division AOR (Area of Responsibility). Why 8 Mountain Division?
|8 Mountain Div in action|
In every crisis, it has been called upon to deliver. In 1971, in the middle of combating a tough Naga insurgency, the Division was called upon to take on the Pakistanis in the 1971 war which it did with great elan and played a major part in India's greatest military victory.
|The magnificent Drass War Memorial|
In the summer of 1999 Pakistani intruders caught the Indians napping in Kargil-Drass-Mushok-Batalik sectors. Once again, 8 Mountain Division was drafted to evict the intruders from those impossible heights which it did--at a major cost to lives and limbs of gallant soldiers. Since then 8 Div has been stationed in this area.
While I will be writing a more detailed account of the division whose motto is FOREVER IN OPERATIONS, one fact needs to be mentioned here: 8 Mountain Division has given the Indian Army 3 Chiefs in the past and the next likely Chief has also had the distinction of commanding it! The 3 Chiefs in the past were: Gen KV Krishna Rao, Gen BC Joshi (who is no more) and Gen VP Malik. The next likely chief is Lt Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag, currently India's Eastern Army Commander. Here's a small glimpse into the sector.
|On the road to Kargil|
|Crossing the Zozilla is never easy|
The Indus before it enters Pakistan
|The road to Batalik|
|BRO road sign|
|A local woman collecting Apricot on the road!|
|Only in Drass: Sun peeping out from the clouds|
|Mohd. Razzak, who gives a scintillating commentrary at the War memorial|
|One of the high passes in the area|
|With a filed gun battery at Ganasok|
|Kargil town, now a flourishing trade centre|
|The trainees at the Kargil Battle School|
|A soldier stands guard at Biamah|
|With soldiers at Gumri, gateway to Zozilla|
|The formidable Zozilla|
|Zozilla: Always a challenge to man and machine|