The Fighting Fourth

Fighting Fourth or 4th Battalion, The Kumaon Regiment, raised in 1788, has fought 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. 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.

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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.