A soldier remembers his days at Siachen

A medical officer posted at Siachen in 1984 recalls how soldiers coped with life on the glacier

Siachen, Army, Soldiers, Air Force

Major Rajesh Bhardwaj (retd) of the Armed Medical Corps was part of Operation Meghdoot in 1984, when India gained control of the Siachen Glacier. This is his account of what living on the glacier was like. “The occupation of the glacier began in 1984 with a very hush operation. The troops occupied all the heights on the glacier so as to get the strategic advantage – so important in mountains. At that time living conditions were very basic. We used to live in regular tents and had the regular high-altitude clothing and equipment – not the (high quality) kind supplied ...