Brigadier Mohammad Usman

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Brigadier Mohammad Usman (15 July 1912 – 3 July 1948) was the highest ranking officer of Indian Army killed in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1947, who as a Muslim became a "symbol of" India's "inclusive secularism". At the time of partition of India he with many other officers declined to move to the Pakistan Army and continued to serve the Indian Army. He died in July 1948 while fighting the raiders in Jammu and Kashmir. Brig Usman was born at Bibipur, Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh on July 15, 1912. Young Usman was educated at Harish Chandra Bhai School in Varanasi. he was an alumnus of the prestigious Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst. He was commissioned in the Baluch Regiment. At the time of partition he was offered to become Chief of the Pakistani Army but he chose to stay in India. When the Baluch Regiment was allotted to Pakistan, Brig Usman was transferred to the Dogra Regiment. At the time of Indo-Pakistani War of 1947, Brig Usman, Commander of 77 Para Brigade was given command of 50 Para Brigade, deployed at Jhangar in December 1947. At the time of Indo-Pakistani War of 1947-48 Brigadier Usman was posted at the Jammu and Kashmir front as the brigade commander of the 50 Para  ( Wikipedia article )


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