The Tale of the World’s Tallest Battlefield, 6,700 Meters Above Sea Level


This is not an ordinary battlefield, but the highest battlefield in the world. Its height reaches 6,700 meters above sea level. This is the story of the Siachen glacier.

For nearly four decades, thousands of Indian and Pakistani soldiers have fought each other in what is almost cloud cover and is surrounded by 15 meters of snow. They fought each other on the Siachen glacier, which is said to be the highest battlefield in the world.

At 6,700 meters above sea level (masl), the glaciers in disputed north Kashmir could be deadly. Not because of the number of heavily armed men deployed on its slopes and valleys, but because of its climatic and geographical conditions.

Indian troops seized control of the region from Pakistan on April 13, 1984 in a brief armed conflict. In that battle, thousands of uniformed personnel from both camps died not because of weapons, but because of the extremely cold temperatures, being swept away by avalanches or falling into cracks in the ground.

Not only that, many bodies that fell have not been found and are still missing. Some time ago, an Indian army unit stationed in the area found the bodies of two soldiers.

One of them is the body of a soldier who has been missing for 38 years. The soldier was named Chandrashekhar Harbola, who went missing in 1984 in an avalanche with 19 of his comrades.

Battle on the Siachen Glacier Photo: (Getty Images)

Relatives of Harbola, who live in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, which borders China, said the discovery might end the tragic loss of their loved ones.

A funeral with military honors was held on Wednesday (24/8), in Harbola’s hometown. The local press reported that the ceremony was attended by high-ranking officials from the region.

The Times of India newspaper also reported that Harbola should not have joined the patrol that claimed his life. However, at the last minute, one of the military commanders entered his name in the squad because a soldier was sick.

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