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“The “V.C Yeshwant Ghadge Sundial Memorial” was jointly unveiled by the Commune of Monotone in Italy and Italian military historians at Montone, Perugia, Italy. This memorial stands as a tribute to the valor and sacrifices of the Indian troops who fought in the Italian Campaign during the Second World War.
The memorial is dedicated in honor of Naik Yeshwant Ghadge, a recipient of the Victoria Cross, who bravely fought and laid down his life during the intense battles in the heights of Upper Tiber Valley.
The memorial’s motto is “Omines Sub Eodem Sole” which means “We all live under the same sun” in English.
Indian Soldiers’ Heroic Contributions and Sacrifices in the Italian Campaign of World War II
During the Second World War, the Italian Campaign witnessed a significant contribution from Indian Soldiers, with over 50,000 serving in the 4th, 8th, and 10th Divisions. Their remarkable efforts led to the awarding of 20 Victoria Crosses, with six of these prestigious honors earned by Indian soldiers.
However, this bravery came at a cost, as 23,722 Indian soldiers were casualties, including 5,782 who made the ultimate sacrifice. Their memory is honored and preserved in the 40 Commonwealth War Graves scattered throughout Italy.”
Strengthening the Historical Bond between India and Italy
The unveiling of the Yeshwant Ghadge sundial memorial will strengthen the special historical bond between India and Italy. As part of the ceremony, a commemorative postcard was also launched, and the event was honored by the presence of distinguished guests from the Italian government, military, military historians, and citizens.
Key takeaways for competitive examinations
- Chief of the Defence Staff of Italy: Admiral Giuseppe Cavo Dragone
- Chief of Defence Staff of the Indian Armed Forces: General Anil Chauhan