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Indian HC pays tribute to fallen WWII soldiers

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  • 18 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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Indian HC pays tribute to fallen WWII soldiers
Representatives of High Commission of India in Dhaka and Assistant High Commissioner of India, Chattogram pose for a photo after paying tribute to fallen Indian soldiers of World War II by placing wreaths at Chittagong War Cemetery on Sunday. — SUN PHOTO

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Representatives of High Commission (HC) of India in Dhaka and Assistant High Commissioner of India, Chattogram paid solemn tribute to fallen Indian soldiers, who fought under the flag of Commonwealth countries in World War II, at Chittagong War Cemetery on Sunday.   

The deep water port of Chattogram was both an advanced base for operations in Arakan and a considerable hospital centre.

The cemetery, originally created for hospital deaths, was enlarged to receive burials from a number of isolated sites and contains 751 war graves, which includes 14 sailors, 545 soldiers and 194 airmen.  

There are also four non-world war graves in the cemetery.

The cemetery houses graves of soldiers from UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, East Africa, West Africa, Burma (Myanmar), Netherlands, Japan and Undivided India.

Two hundred fourteen (214) graves of personnel from undivided India also include more than 10 graves of personnel who were natives of present day Bangladesh, said the High Commission of India (HCI).

These men sacrificed their lives in the fight against the Axis power from 1939 to 1945.

The Chittagong Memorial at the entrance to the war cemetery commemorates 6469 Royal Indian Navy and Merchant Navy sailors who were lost at sea during the Second World War.

“As India celebrates 75 years of Independence, we look back with respect and administration to commemorate the brave men and women who gave their today for our tomorrow,” reads the HCI press release.

The sacrifice made by the Indian personnel in World War II played a crucial role in the victory of the Allied countries as Indian soldiers went onto distinguished themselves in all theatres of war in which they had participated.