Honoring the Heroic Operation Bison of 1948
Zojila Day, celebrated on November 1st at the Zojila War Memorial near Drass, is a tribute to the valorous actions of Indian troops during ‘Operation Bison’ in 1948. This operation was a significant milestone in Indian military history, as it unfolded in the challenging terrain of the Zojila pass, the gateway to Ladakh.
The commemoration of Zojila Day involves a solemn wreath-laying ceremony led by the Commander of Drass and the brave warriors of the Leh-based Fire and Fury Corps. This gesture pays homage to the courageous Bravehearts who etched their names in history by liberating the Zojila pass from Pakistani intruders.
Zojila Day symbolizes the indomitable spirit of bravery and the ‘Never Say Die’ attitude of the Indian Army. Notably, this battle was also historic for the deployment of tanks at such high altitudes, showcasing the Indian Army’s adaptability and determination.
On this significant occasion, the Commander of the Drass Brigade interacted with the soldiers and called upon all ranks to draw inspiration from the heroic deeds of their Bravehearts. He emphasized the unwavering commitment to keeping ‘Nation First’ in all their endeavors.
About Zojila Day: Honoring Operation Bison
- Zojila Day commemorates the gallant actions of Indian troops during ‘Operation Bison’ in 1948, a critical military operation launched in the challenging Zojila pass, which serves as the gateway to Ladakh.
- This day celebrates the Indian Army’s historic victory over Pakistani regulars and infiltrators, culminating in the recapture of the strategically vital Zojila Pass.
- The battle is noteworthy for the deployment of tanks at such high altitudes, demonstrating the Indian Army’s adaptability and resourcefulness.
Zojila Pass: A Strategic Lifeline
Zojila Pass connects the Kashmir Valley with the cold Indus Valley desert in the Ladakh region through the strategic Srinagar-Leh National Highway. It is situated at an elevation of approximately 3,528 meters (11,575 feet) and ranks as the second highest pass on the Srinagar-Leh National Highway, after Fotu La. The pass is often closed during the winter months, and the Border Roads Organisation’s Beacon Force unit is responsible for its clearing and maintenance during this challenging period, ensuring the crucial supply route remains accessible.