The Forgotten Thirteen
Posted on July 29th, 2018

Second Lieutenant A.P.N.C. De Vaas Gunawardene and twelve other Army personnel were brutally killed in an ambush of the ill-fated Four Four Bravo patrol by the LTTE at Tinneveli on July 23, 1983.

They were innocent of any crime and were only performing their professional and military duties while engaging in routine Patrol of the districts of Jaffna for reasons of security.

Unfortunately there is no remembrance of these brave soldiers who died fighting purely in self – defense. While the biased media are full of stories of the events that followed the incident of July 23, 1983, no English language newspaper has thought it fit to give space and detailed accounts of the last stand of the 13 Sinhalese soldiers who died valiantly as a result of a cowardly ambush.

A. P. N. C. De S. Vaas Gunawardene

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



4 Responses to “The Forgotten Thirteen”

  1. Hiranthe Says:

    It is sad to see these things!!

  2. Dilrook Says:

    True. Only Tamil terrorists and other Tamils killed in July 1983 are remembered and cunningly the innocent soldiers killed in the line of duty, chopped their fingers and their gold jewellery stolen by the most brutal and barbaric Tamil terrorists are forgotten. The good thing is, these brave soldiers didn’t die in vain!

  3. Christie Says:

    Unfortunately my posts are getting late in coming out?

    What I am writing is a true,

    A Sinhalese guy in London wanted to post a In Memorial in the Classified Notices about the 13 officers gunned down by Indian terrorists trained and armed by India. It was a paid classified.

    He first rang Guardian and they refused to take it saying they do not take overseas ones. Then he rang a few other papers and all of them came out with all sorts of excuses like, they wanted death certificates, letters from authorized kith and kin etc etc. Finally he ended up with Times of London who took up the classified. He told the guy who took the classified what his experience with other papers. The guy who was a cadet told him the reasons for the other papers not taking up the classified.

    You don’t have an account with them,

    You are not a news agent.

    You don’t have any personal friends or relatives.

    This classified is not within the line of action the UK media is taking in relation to the current news.

    Most of the street paper sellers are Indians and they will not want to sell the paper with this classified.

    There could be moles in the news papers who mange news like yours.

    This was in early August and Indian interests have managed to give publicity in a way that Sinhalese have killed Tamils.

  4. Christie Says:

    Please note the soldiers were off duty and were unarmed.

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