ISikkim.com salutes some of the World War II veterans of Sikkim, who are being felicitated by the State Government on the occasion of Republic Day 2012.
No – 44986
Chandra Bahadur Limbu
Unit – 8 Gorkha Rifles (later 4 Assam Rifles)
Resident of Soreng, West Sikkim
No – 44986
Rifleman Chandra Bahadur Limbu was enrolled in the Indian Army in the year 1942. He received his initial Military Training at5 Shillong for a very short period. He was inducted in to 8 Gorkha Rifles which was already in the thick of the battle against Japanese in Burma. His unit was ordered to advance east and cross river Chindwin. After crossing the river, unit advanced against heavy Japanese resistance and reached TIDDIM. But the entire Division was encircled by the Japanese forces around Tiddim and were cut off for several weeks.
The entire Division was asked to break out from the encirclement and move back towards initial positions. Accordingly, his unit also undertook the fighting withdrawal from Tiddim after destroying and burning everything from heavy Guns, ammunitions, rations and supplies and fuel. His unit finally took up defenses at Bishanpur, some 35 miles away from Imphal towards east.
During one of the severe encounters with the enemy, Rifleman Chandra Bahadur Limbu was hit by enemy fore and severely injured his left leg and a major portion of calf muscle was blown off. He was evacuated to Base Hospital, Poona where he was treated for almost over a month.
He rejoined his unit after having discharged from the Pune Hospital and was in the frontline again. However, this time the Japanese were retreating and the British forces were pushing them back continuously. By 1945, the Battalion finally reached PEGU located on the bank of river Salwin. It was in the month of November 1945, the Japanese finally agreed to surrender before the allied forces. His Battalion was ordered to move to NONGLAON, Rangoon and stayed there for one and a half year.
In 1946, Rifleman Chandra Bahadur Limbu was released from Assam Rifles due to demobilization process.
He has earned Burma Star, Indian Army service medal and Defence medal for his immense contributions toward various operations undertaken by his Battalion and the Sacrifices he made for the country.
After retirement, he devoted himself towards his family and agriculture.
The entire Nation salutes him for his immense contribution and selfless service to the motherland.
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