World War: HEROES: 96 Hours with Death

Last week, for the first time in World War II, an Indian was awarded the coveted Victoria Cross, which goes only to performers of most extraordinarily courageous exploits in action. The exploit:

Second Lieutenant Premindra Singh Bhagat, 22, of the Royal Bombay Sappers, was told, one day during the British conquest of Ethiopia, to clear a road of Italian mines. The Italians had sown the dangerous metallic seeds as prodigally as some hardy grain. In one stretch of four miles Lieut. Bhagat dug up 14 separate mine fields each containing 300 mines spread over 250 yards on each side of...

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