Check out Lt. Colonel Ardeshir Tarapore biography, birthday, family, wiki and some lesser known facts about his contribution to Indian victory in Indo-Pakistan war (1965)
- Name- Lt. Colonel Ardeshir Burzorji Tarapore
- Known for- Recipient of Param Vir Chakra (Posthumously Awarded)
- Contribution- Fought bravely in Battle of Chawinda during Indo-Pakistan war of 1965
- Unit- 17 Poona Horse
- Rank- Lieutenant Colonel
- Nickname- Adi
- Important dates
- Birth- 18th August, 1923
- Death- 16th September, 1965
- Important places
- Education- Sardar Dastur Boys School, Pune (Schooling)
- Father- Burzorji Tarapore
- Mother- Perin Tarapore
- Siblings- Yadgar (Sister)
- Wife- NA
- Son- Xerxes
- Daughter- Zarine
Lesser known facts
- Ardeshir Tarapore wasn’t a gifted student at academics but he was exceptional sportsperson. He was a distinguished player in boxing, swimming, Tennis and Cricket.
- He saved his elder sister “Yadgar” from a family cow that was on loose and unknowingly attacked the girl.
- Colonel Tarapore’s ancestor Ratanjiba fought in Shivaji’s army. For his exceptional courage and bravery, Shivaji gifted him a mansab of 100 villages to command which was later called Tarapur.
- After his schooling, Tarapore was selected for commission in Hyderabad State Army and was trained at Officers Training School (OTS) in Golconda, Hyderabad.
- Upon the merger of Hyderabad state into Indian union, Ardeshir Tarapore was selected to serve in the Indian Army and was posted into Poona Horse regiment.
- Before the Indo-Pakistani war of 1965, Tarapore rose to the rank of a commanding officer. He was the highest ranked Army officer to be awarded the highest gallantry award.
- The Poona Horse regiment attacked Phillora in Sialkot sector. But, they met with heavy enemy retaliation. Despite his tank being hit multiple times, Tarapore continued leading his regiment which led to the capture of Wazirwali and Jassoran posts.
- His regiment kept on advancing to Chawinda. Under his able leadership, Poona Horse decimated enemy tanks. In total, 60 Pakistani tanks were destroyed compared to 9 on Indian side. Ardeshir Tarapore’s tank was hit few more times and got engulfed in fire which killed him.
- To remember Tarapore, two residential complexes in Andheri, Mumbai were renamed as Tarapore Gardens and Tarapore Towers.
- The Poona Horse to which Lt. Colonel Tarapore belonged is one of the most decorated regiments of the Indian Army with two Param Vir Chakras (Ardeshir Tarapore and Arun Khetarpal) and Two Victoria Crosses. Even the Pakistani army conferred the title “Fakhr-e-Hind” due to regiment’s achievement in battlefield.