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Namdeo Jadhav

Introduction

1. Namdeo Jadhav won Victoria Cross. He was 23 years old.

Summary of his Bravery

1. On 9 April 1945 at the Senio River, Italy, when a small party were almost wiped out in an assault on the east floodbank of the river, Sepoy Namdeo Jadav carried two wounded men under heavy fire through deep water, up a steep bank and through a mine belt to safety.

2. Then, determined to avenge his dead comrades, he eliminated three enemy machine-gun posts.

3. Finally, climbing on top of the bank he shouted the Maratha war cry and waved the remaining companies across.

4. He not only saved many lives but enabled the battalion to secure the bridgehead and ultimately to crush all enemy resistance in the area.

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