Lieutenant General Raj Mohan Vohra, PVSM, MVC (7 May 1932 – 14 June 2020) was a former General Officer of the Indian Army. He was awarded the Maha Vir Chakra for his bravery and leadership in the Battle of Basantar during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.
1 Early life and education
2.1 Maha Vir Chakra
3 Honours and decorations
5 External links
Early life and education
Vohra was born on 7 May 1932 in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh to Bakshi Sant Ram. He has four brothers, all of whom joined the Indian Army. They all served in the Indian Armoured Corps as well. All the brothers rose to be General Officers - 2 Major Generals and 2 Lieutenant Generals.
Vohra was commissioned into 14 Horse on 4 December 1952. As a Major, he attended the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. He fought in the Punjab sector during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965.
As a Lieutenant Colonel, he commanded the 4 Horse in Shakargarh sector during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.
On 5 December, his regiment spearheaded the advance of the 54 Infantry Division and captured well protected important positions such as Bhairo Nath, Bari Lagwal, Chamrola, Dharman, Chakra and Dehlra. During the Battle of Basantar, his regiment came under heavy fire from the enemy and faced heavy resistance but destroyed 27 enemy tanks. His unit suffered little casualties and faced repeated attacks from the enemy. He was awarded the Maha Vir Chakra for his bravery and leadership.
Maha Vir Chakra
The citation for the Maha Vir Chakra reads as follows:
Operation: 1971 Cactus Lily
Date of Award: 16 Dec 1971
LIEUTENANT COLONEL RAJ MOHAN VOHRA (IC-6121)
Lieutenant Colonel Raj Mohan Vohra was commanding 4 Horse in the Shakargarh Sector of the western front. His regiment spearheaded the advance capturing. in its wake Bhairo Nath, Thakurdwara, Bari Lagwal, Chamrola, Darman, Chakra and Dehlra. Each of these positions was fortified with tanks, missiles and minefields. With complete disregard for his personal safety, Lieutenant Colonel Vohra moved well forward and provided inspiring leadership to the regiment. During the battle of Basantar River, his regiment, inspired by his personal example and courage, stood fast against repeated attacks by the enemy armour and destroyed 27 enemy tanks with minimal casualties to the unit.
Throughout the operations, Lieutenant Colonel Vohra displayed conspicuous gallantry and inspiring leadership in keeping with the highest traditions of the Army.
As a General Officer, Vohra commanded the Army War College, Mhow (then called College of Combat), which was also commanded by his brother, Inder Mohan Vohra. Vohra served as the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Command from 1988 to 1990.
L-R (Tank driver, Lt. Col. RM Vohra, Lt. Butalia, Capt. RS Dhillon)
Vohra posing in front of a destroyed Pakistani Patton tank
Honours and decorations
Param Vishisht Seva Medal
Maha Vir Chakra
Samanya Seva Medal
Samar Seva Star
Sainya Seva Medal
Videsh Seva Medal
25th Anniversary Independence medal
30 Years Long Service Medal
20 Years Long Service Medal
9 Years Long Service Medal
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