By Venkatesh P Koushik|Oct 09, 2021

80 Years Of Jeep

At 0800 hours on 10 September 1965, Pakistani 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 Karan Sector. Intense artillery shelling preceded the attack as per the Gazette of India Notification No 111—Press/65. The enemy tanks penetrated the forward position by 0900 hours and realising the grave situation, Company Quartermaster Havildar Abdul Hamid moved out to a flanking position with his M40 106 recoilless gun mounted on a CJ3 Jeep. As the commander of an RCL gun detachment, he took an advantageous position and knocked out a leading enemy tank despite facing intense enemy shelling and tank fire. 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, he took out eight Patton tanks. It was a valiant effort that earned Abdul Hamid the ‘Param Vir Chakra’ posthumously.

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