Check out Subedar Joginder Singh biography, birthday, family, wiki and some lesser known facts about his display of immense bravery during the Indo-China war (1962)
- Name- Subedar Joginder Singh Sahnan
- Known for- Recipient of Param Vir Chakra (Posthumously Awarded)
- Contribution- Fought bravely during the Indo-China war (1962)
- Unit- 1 Sikh
- Rank- Subedar
- Important dates
- Birth- 26th September, 1921
- Death- 23rd October, 1962
- Important places
- Place of Birth- Mahla Kalan, Moga, Punjab
- Place of Death- Tibet
- Primary School, Village Nathu Ala
- Middle School, Village Daroli
- Father- Sher Singh Sahnan
- Mother- Bibi Krishan Kaur
- Siblings- NA
- Wife- Bibi Gurdyal Kaur
- Kulwant Kaur (Youngest Daughter)
Lesser known facts
- Subedar Joginder Singh couldn’t complete his education due to financial constraint. He later decided to join the Army as it would give his life a meaning and purpose. He was recruited into the Sikh Battalion in September, 1936. Soon after joining, he complete his Army Education exam and was appointed Unit education Instructor.
- The Chinese Army always had the geographical advantage in the 1962 war due to flat Tibetan plateau and thus they managed to occupy almost all the forward posts along Into-Tibetan border. Pandit Nehru endorsed the “Forward Policy” which instructed Army to create several small forward posts to counter Chinese movement. The Army opposed this policy but defense ministry thought otherwise as they never anticipated an attack by the Chinese.
- Upon growing escalations in Chinese intrusion, the 7th Infantry Brigade was ordered to move to Namak-Chu which clearly gave Chinese a geographical advantage.
- A Chinese attack came on 9th September at Namak-Chu and the post fell within no time even after Indian soldiers resisted the attack. Buoyed by their win, the enemy moved towards Tawang but encountered a small post at Bumla which was guarded by 20 men of 1st Battlion of Sikh regiment under Subedar Joginder Singh.
- The Chinese attack came in 3 waves of 200 men. Indian soldiers successfully repelled the 1st attack but were depleted to half. The next attack left everyone wounded and exhaustion of ammunition. With no choice left, Joginder Singh and his men jumped out of their trenches to take on the Chinese in hand to hand combat.
- The scattered Chinese Army suffered heavy casualty as many of their soldiers were bayoneted by the Indians. Subedar Singh was later overpowered and captured. He later died on 23rd October in Chinese captivity due to frostbite and injury infections.
- In Chinese custody, Subedar Joginder Singh didn’t allow Chinese doctors to amputate his legs which had gangrene thinking it would ruin his chances of promotion in the Army.
- The Shipping Corporation of India named a container on his name to revere the supreme sacrifice this soldier made for his country.
- A memorial statue of Subedar Singh has been built in District collector’s office in Moga to remember him by.
- A production house is now making a biopic in Punjabi on singh’s life starring Punjabi Singer turned actor Gippy Grewal.