HistoryTV18 launches show based on Kargil War

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GUWAHATI, Jan 23: 21 years after the Kargil War, the sacrifices of India’s brave still remain etched in the nation’s collective memory. The war began with the infiltration of Pakistani troops into Indian Territory in May 1999. After 60 days of fierce fighting, the war ended with the Indian Army recapturing occupied territory.

Over the two months of the war, the Indian Army proved beyond doubt that they would stop at nothing short of complete victory. Now, with special access to military personnel and historical records, HistoryTV18’s new film retells the story of ‘Operation Vijay’, with dramatic recreations of hard-won battles on the arduous road to victory.

The action-packed, ‘Kargil: Valour and Victory’, is all set to premiere on January 26. The military documentary outlines the events of the Kargil War, showcasing true stories of unflinching bravery and the actions of five exceptional young men on the frontline, whose actions have come to define courage and sacrifice for generations of Indians.

Marking India’s Republic Day, HistoryTV18’s new documentary is the latest in a set of world-class shows honouring the Indian armed forces. ‘Kargil: Valour & Victory’ recounts acts of grit and sacrifice against a well-entrenched enemy, occupying high ground.

The film’s explosive battle scenes come to life with world-class production values and specialist filming, on location in Ladakh.

The battles of Tololing, Khalubar, Point. 4875 (later named Batra Top), Tiger Hill and Turtuk in Sub Sector West (later renamed Sub-sector Haneef) are recreated with HistoryTV18’s trademark rigour. Despite setbacks in the early days of Operation Vijay, young Indian officers led from the front with feats of bravery and war craft.

Soon the tide of war changed and with each triumph, emboldened units took back one besieged peak after another. The suicide mission of 24-year-old Capt. Manoj Pandey, the extraordinary will of 19-year-old Grenadier Yogendra Yadav, the ultimate sacrifice of Capt. Haneef Uddin, Capt. Anuj Nayyar, and Capt. Vikram Batra code name Shershah, as well as the actions of others like them, ensured that the Indian tricolour once again flew high and proud on Ladakh’s peaks.

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