State Times NewsJAMMU: Forum for Awareness of National Security (FANS) J&K celebrated Haifa Victory Day on Thursday to pay respect to soldiers of three Indian Cavalry Regiments – Mysore, Hyderabad and Jodhpur Lancers, who with their valour and gallant action, liberated Haifa from Ottoman Empire in Battle of Haifa in 1918.Speaking on the occasion, Maj Gen S K Sharma, President FANS highlighted details of complete operation. “Haifa is a strategically located coastal city in Israel which was under Ottoman Empire since 16th century. During 1st World War, British forces which were fighting with Ottoman empire and Russia came to halt due to control of Haifa city with adversaries. Without conquering Haifa city, they could not have proceeded on with their advance to other Middle East countries. British forces tried a lot but most of their troops were either killed or made prisoners of war,” he added.“At that time, Indian troops were called in to fight and conquer Haifa. Two regiments of Indian troops viz. Jodhpur Lancers and Mysore Lancers were given the responsibility to attack and conquer it whereas the third regiment was tasked to look after PW camp. The city of Haifa was controlled by around 1,500 Ottoman and Austrian Troops. They had positioned their field guns and medium machine guns on Mount Carmel. Indian troops, mounted on their horses and long spears in their hands, crossed the marshy land and river Nuhar and defeated enemy.The field guns and MMGs were silenced with bare spears and gallant action of troops. Though Indian troops lost 8 soldiers, however, they were able to eliminate many troops of Ottoman and Austria, captured 1,300 troops and made them Prisoners of War. Maj Dalpat Singh of Jodhpur Lancer was declared as ‘Hero of Haifa’ who, later, was awarded Military Cross by British Govt posthumously,” he asserted.Vijay Singh Sambyal, former DIG and Vice President FANS said that stories of Maj Dalpat Singh and valiant actions by Indian soldiers are in syllabus of 3rd to 5th classes in Israel to motivate their children.He stressed upon the need to include stories of valiant actions of our soldiers in textbooks of school children for motivating them and feeling proud of our ancestors. Dinesh Gupta and Prem Sadotra, General Secretaries FANS conducted proceedings of the function.
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