The Kargil war was a three month long skirmish between India and Pakistan. It commenced in May 1999 when approx 1500 Pakistani soldiers intruded into the Indian Territory in Kargil, Jammu and Kashmir with an aim of severing link between Kashmir and Ladakh. In a systematically planned and methodically executed operation, the dominating peaks occupied by the enemy were attacked and recaptured. The operation was a unique display of bravery, resolve and commitment under inhospitable conditions of terrain and weather. By July 20, the Indian forces managed to recapture Kargil heights. During the operations a total of 674 Indian soldiers made the supreme sacrifice and were awarded 4 Param Vir Chakra, 10 Maha Vir Chakra and 70 Vir Chakra among others for gallantry.