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Naik Yeshwant Ghadge (1921–1944), VC, 3rd Battalion 5th Mahratta Light Infantry, c.1944

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On 10 July 1944 in the Upper Tiber Valley, Italy, a rifle section commanded by Naik (corporal) Yeshwant Ghadge came under heavy machine gun fire at close range which killed or wounded all members of the section except the commander. Without hesitation Naik Yeshwant Ghadge rushed the position, first throwing a grenade which knocked out the gun and its firer. He then shot one of the gun crew and clubbed to death the remaining two members of the crew.

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oil on canvas


H 72.4 x W 55.8 cm

Accession number

NAM. 1956-02-17

Acquisition method

gift from the 5th Mahratta Light Infantry Regimental Association, 1956

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