New Delhi : Russia has announced that the gallant deeds of British-Indian Army men during World War II (1939-1945) would now be part of the famous Moscow Museum. Moscow’s Ambassador to India Nikolai Kudashev tweeted the announcement. The announcement came to mark the 75th Victory Day today. In Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin laid a wreath at the ‘Tomb of the Unknown Soldier’. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Russia on the 75the Victory day.
The Russian Ministry of Defence will be setting up a section to commemorate the event and role of the Indians. Havildar Gajendra Singh and Subedar NR Nikkam, both already awarded the ‘Red Star’, a top gallantry award of Russia, are set to feature at the Museum. Subedar Nikkam hailed from Bangalore and Havildar Gajendra Singh of Baraloo village, Shor tehsil, Almora district.
The duo had led the task of supplying ammunition across 3,000 km over Baluchistan, Iran into Russia at crucial time in War. The British-run Ordnance factories were producing enough and wanted it to be supplied to Russians who were part of the allied forces against Nazi Germany. The Russians forget their help and accorded them with the order of the ‘Red Star’ immediately after the war. The Russians have made documentaries on them and showcased in their country. (Source : The Tribune)