Lt General Amarjeet Singh Bedi, YSM,VSM, GOC Gajraj Corps inaugurated a war memorial constructed at Village Thembang in West Kameng District of Arunachal Pradesh on 6th June 2017.
In an event that was witnessed by a large gathering of local populace and army personnel, the war memorial was dedicated to the nation.
The memorial which was constructed by the Scout Battalion of the Indian Army commemorates the valour and sacrifice displayed by the men of 5 GUARDS at Village Thembang on 16 & 17 November 1962 during the Indo – China conflict.
The battle brought to the fore the resolute courage and indomitable fighting spirit shown by the brave hearts of 5 GUARDS pitted against a numerically superior strength of the Chinese.
The valiant fight put up by the Guardsmen inflicted such heavy casualties on the Chinese wherein they lost over 600 men. In fact so great was the impact of those losses on the Chinese that some of them mutinied after the action which stalled their further advance. The Guards battalion losses were 90 soldiers including two officers.