Turning Point

“Yeh dil mange more!”
A company commander sent this message to his commanding officer after retaking Point 5140-a vital peak in the Dras sector. The elation and the desire expressed by the officer to carry the task to its completion represents the turning point in this crucial war zone.

Ever since Point 5140 fell on June 20 (see box), troops in the Dras sector have had a series of spectacular successes which the commanders are hoping will culminate in the recapture of Tiger Hills. Indeed, after a 45-day battle, only the positions at the very peak, which is the key to taking this range of hills, remains in the enemy’s hands. All other peaks-Point 5100, Point 4700 and Junction-have been freed of the intruders.