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Reconstructing The 1950s

Fall of the Last Khampa Stronghold- Gen Yidham Kyap, Kham Tihor

Outnumbered and outgunned, the Khampa rebels lost their last major stronghold of Sertha mountians to the Red Army in the Spring of 1959. Forced out of their base, a group of almost 200 fighters fled to U-Stang under difficult and tiring circumstances. Gen Yi Dham Kyap recollects the first part of that epic journey and the initial onslaughts by the PLA forces. After almost a year of enduring journey through many inhospitable terrains and 33 major battles with the Red Army, they finally reached the border.