I have come across many pakis saying that the kargil war was over due to US pressure. I think this report, from a BLOODY neutral source should shut them up forever..
Also, this should confirm the bravery of the Indian army.
Unfortunately, I am not gonna post the whole thing here.. If u guys wanna read the whole story.. plz download the PDF file.
The Intruders on the heights were an amalgam of professional soldiers and mercenaries. They included the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 12th battalions of the Pakistan Army?s Northern Light Infantry (NLI). Among them were many Mujaheddin and members of Pakistan's the Special Services Group (SSG). It was initially estimated that there were about 500 to 1,000 intruders occupying the heights but later it is estimated that the actual strength of the intruders may have been about 5,000. The area of intrusion extended in an area of 160km. The Pakistani Army had set up a complex logistical network through which the intruders across the LOC would be well supplied from the bases in POK (Pakistan Occupied Kashmir). The intruders were also well armed with AK 47 and 56, mortars, artillery, anti aircraft guns, and Stinger missiles.
The Indian Army detected the intrusions between May 3-12. From May 15 - 25, 1999, military operations were planned, troops moved to their attack locations, artillery and other equipment were moved in and the necessary equipment was purchased. Indian Army?s offensive named Operation Vijay was launched on May 26, 1999. Indian troops moved towards Pakistani occupied positions with air cover provided by aircraft and helicopters.
This sector is located between the Shyok and Indus rivers. This sector was responsible for about half of the Indian casualties.
The Battle for Chorbat La, Turtuk & Eastern section
The Eastern section of the Batalik sector consists of Chorbat La (mountain pass), Turturk and Pt 5287. The Ladakh Scouts captured the ridge of Chorbat La on the Indian side and preempted the Pakistani forces from occupying the area. This was the first Indian victory in the sector and resulted in heavy Pakistani losses. Turtuk is an important peak and the location of several important villages in the valley as well a link to Siachen Glacier. This sector was recaptured on June 16,1999 by 11 Rajputana Rifles. Pt 5287 was recaptured on July 5th by the Ladakh Scouts. The Eastern section was recaptured on July 6th after 38 days of war.
Jubar Ridge is located on the western end of the sector and is several km from the LOC. Initial patrols to this area were killed by the inturders. The first attack on the ridge was unsucessful. In the next attacks, the Indian Army decided to cut supply routes and encircle the enemy camps. Jubar Ridge and the neighboring peaks were the site of some of the fiercest battles during the conflict. The battle raged for 40 days ending on July 8,1999, involved hand to hand combat and heavy casualties. Eventually, 1 Bihar of the Indian Army prevailed over the enemy forces.
The Central Section of Batalik Sector consists of Munthu Dhalo, Kokarthang and Pt 5285. Intial attacks in this area were unsuccesful. 1 Paras and 11 Gorkha Rifles pressed on and were able to take back all of the peaks in the region.
This sector is the Western most of the inturders positions. Dras Sector is adjacent to the Srinagar - Leh Highway (NH 1), making this sector strategically important as traffic on the highway was vulnerable to the enemy firing. The main positions of the intuders were the Tololing Top, Tiger Hill, Pt 4875, Pt 4590, Pt 5100 and Pt 5140.
Tololing Peak was the dominant position in the sector as it directly overlooked the highway. The Battle of Tololing was intially carried out by 18 grenadiers on May 22, 1999 and was unsucessful. Subsequently, 1 Naga Regiment, 15Garhwal and the Grenadiers took up the task but also failed to beat back the intruders. Eventually 2 Rajput, a fresh battalion, was given the task of capturing the peak. 2 Rajput prevailed on the June 13, 1999. The same battalion was sucessful in capturing Pt 4590 on June 14, 1999. Pt 5410 located east of Tololing and closer to the LOC was captured by 1 Naga Regiment. Pt 5100, located close to the LOC was a major supply route for enemy forces. The capture of this on July 1, 1999 was instrumental in the recapture of Tiger Hill.
Tiger Hill is also a major peak located along the highway. Initial attempts by 8 Sikh were unsucessful. Tiger Hill is also the location of the the downing of the Mi-17 helicopter in early days of the Kargil War. Eventually Tiger Hill fell due to a combined attack from three sides which resulted in the cutting of supply lines of the intruders. Tiger Hill was recaptured on July 3, 1999 and cleared on July 9, 1999.Pt 4875, the third o