Legend: Major Who Danced On Top Of Pakistani Tanks, Inspired Film Border

On December 5, 1971, Major Kuldip Singh Chandpuri was commanding a company of the Punjab Regiment occupying a defended locality in the Rajasthan sector. Suddenly, in the wee hours of morning, the enemy launched a massive attack with tanks and infantry. For a soldier, such high-pressure situations are just opportunities to set an example of bravery and courage. Major Chandpuri did exactly that as he fought valiantly and kept his men motivated. His team inflicted heavy casualties on the enemy and forced them to retreat leaving behind twelve tanks.

The story of Maha Vir Chakra awardee Major Chandpuri’s heroics are famous even today. The battle he fought came to be known as the Battle of Longewala. On November 17, 2018, the valiant soldier breathed his last. We recall his famous victory in the Battle of Longewala and hope that his soul rests in peace.

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Always a fighter!

Born on November 22, 1940 in Montogomery (now in Pakistan), Major Chandpuri is a native of Chandpur, the place from where he took his surname. He completed his training course at the Officers’ Training Academy in Chennai and was assigned to the 23rd battalion of the Punjab Regiment.

He first saw action in the 1965 India-Pakistan war. He has also served in the United Nations Emergency Force in Gaza and has twice been an instructor in the Infantry School in Mhow in Madhya Pradesh where he imparted combat training.

Kuldip Singh Chandpuri was a Major during the 1971 Indo-Pak war. The Battle of Longewala is famous because Major Chandpuri defeated an attack by over 2000 Pakistani soldiers despite having just 120 men in his side. His men moved bunker from bunker and made sure that the Pakistani tanks can be stopped till the time they get more support.

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"In this action, Major Kuldip Singh Chandpuri displayed conspicuous gallantry, inspiring leadership and exceptional devotion to duty in keeping with the highest traditions of the Indian Army," the Maha Vir Chakra citation said.

The photograph of him and his men dancing on top of the conquered Pakistani tanks became very famous and is put up in a big frame in the living room of his house (pic above). Major Chandpuri was said to be a soft-spoken man. After retiring, he settled in his corner house in Chandigarh’s Sector 33.

Made immortal on celluloid 

Director JP Dutta captured the Battle of Longewala in the blockbuster film Border which was released in 1997. Sunny Deol played the role of Major Chandpuri which is still very clearly remembered by all the movie lovers.

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Major Chandpuri also served in Chandigarh Municipal Corporation as a Councillor from 2006-2011 and was known for raising issues on civic amenities, sports etc.

He might have left us but the stories of his courage will keep inspiring the soldiers of today.

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