Brig Jasbir Singh, SM

Brig Jasbir Singh, SM

A Rimcollian who studied at RIMC from 1962 to 1966, Brigadier Jasbir underwent training at NDA Khadakwasla followed by IMA Dehradun, where he was commissioned in the 4th Battalion, The Kumaon Regiment. He was wounded during operations behind enemy lines in East Pakistan in the 1971 war and decorated twice for gallantry during operations. After serving for 34 years in the Army, he now leads a retired life in the hills of Ranikhet and spends his time painting and writing on military subjects.

  • Once Upon A Time in RIMC

    Once Upon A Time in RIMC

    Boys of RIMC never really grow up and happily, the spirit of adventure and mischief lives on, even after many winters have passed. “Fatty and Kajla were to procure the digging implements surreptitiously. Tota, Soli, and Tinda were to help spread the mud! They were to make holes in their pockets, fill them with mud and go for walks all along the track from Ranjit Section to the mandir, spreading the mud so no one would suspect that we had been digging the ‘Shoe’. HS Vaid, the ‘giraffe’, was to stand as a watch tower and warn us of any approaching threat, by making sounds like the confounded owl that used to inquisitively follow us during our night-time mischievous adventures!” For nearly a century, Rimcollians have done the three Services proud, and the civvy street too. Known for their camaraderie and spirit of never accepting defeat or yielding to any adversary, whether in the battlefield or the playground, Brig Jasbir’s humorous book brings alive how mischevious teenagers are forged into soldiers. He studied in RIMC from mid-1962 to 1966. Thereafter, he did his training in NDA Kharakvasla and IMA Dehradun, where he was commissioned in 4 Kumaon.

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  • The Fighting Fourth

    The Fighting Fourth

    “You know, Jasbir, I think we are the only father-son duo in the unit’s history to have been both decorated for gallantry! Also, there is so much of the unit’s history that needs to be properly probed and recorded. It is your time now, and you must do it.”

    ‘Fighting Fourth’ or 4th Battalion, The Kumaon Regiment (4 Kumaon), raised in 1788, has fought with distinction and etched its name in the annals of Indian military history with honour and pride. From fighting the Pindaris to quelling the Boxer Rebellion in Hong Kong, the battalion saw extensive action in both the World Wars and the Indo-Pak war of 1947–48, where the gallant actions of the unit saved Kashmir Valley for the Indian Union and changed the course of history in the region. Major Somnath Sharma was posthumously awarded India’s first Param Vir Chakra, the highest award for gallantry, while Brigadier Pritam Singh emerged as the Saviour of Poonch. The unit was awarded Battle Honour ‘Srinagar’ and 57 awards for bravery, including one Param Vir Chakra, three Maha Vir Chakras, 13 Vir Chakras, one Bar to Vir Chakra and other awards. In the Indo–Pak War 1965, the battalion was awarded Battle Honour ‘Sanjoi–Mirpur’, while in the 1971 operations, it was awarded Battle Honour ‘Shamshernagar’, along with three Vir Ckakras, one SM and other awards. In this book, Brigadier Jasbir presents an intimate, personal account of the glorious history of this fine battalion that has contributed no less than two Chiefs of Staff of the Indian Army and is among the most highly-decorated ones.

    Brigadier Jasbir Singh, SM, is a Rimcollian who studied at RIMC from 1962 to 1966. Thereafter, he underwent training at NDA Khadakwasla, followed by IMA Dehradun, where he was commissioned in the 4th Battalion, The Kumaon Regiment, or 4 Kumaon (Fighting Fourth). He was wounded during operations behind enemy lines in East Pakistan in the 1971 war and decorated twice for gallantry during operations.

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