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Battle of Rezang La

  • IAS NEXT, Lucknow
  • 20, Nov 2021
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Reference News:

November 18 marks the 59th anniversary of the Battle of Rezang La. A memorial was inaugurated on the occasion.

Where is Rezang La?

  • Rezang La is a mountain pass on the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh.
  • It is located between village of Chushul and the Spanggur Lake that stretches across both Indian and Chinese territories.
  • It had also been the site of a heroic battle on 18 November 1962.

About the battle:

  • Troops from the 13 Kumaon Regiment defeated several waves of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army in 1962.
  • Despite being heavily outnumbered, soldiers of the regiment fought to the last man standing, under freezing temperatures, and with limited ammunition.

Significance of the region:

Rezang La is vital for the defence of the crucially important Chushul. Any invader reaching there would have had a free run to Leh.