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Re: Indian Army History Thread

Postby Rakesh » 23 Oct 2020 05:21

https://twitter.com/VinodDX9/status/131 ... 96322?s=20 ---> Possibly rarest of rare, last year managed to find out a good quality photo of the legend. Courtesy to owner, at this moment I really can't remember. The photo which inspired the famous portrait of Second Lieutenant Arun Khetarpal.

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Postby Rakesh » 24 Nov 2020 22:02

Sapper’s Day Out: An untold tale of casual heroism of a combat engineer in 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War
https://www.indiasentinels.com/opinion/ ... n-war-4921
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Postby Rakesh » 15 Dec 2020 00:20

What a wonderful life! Wow!

https://twitter.com/ANI/status/1337301446929223680?s=20 ---> Colonel Prithipal Singh Gill (retd.), the only officer to serve in Indian Air Force, Indian Navy and Indian Army (Artillery), turns 100. He served during World War II and the 1965 India-Pakistan War. (Photo source: Indian Army).

https://twitter.com/DefenceDirect/statu ... 99363?s=20 ---> Colonel Prithipal Singh Gill (retd.) turns 100 today. Started as pilot in RIAF (flew Harvards in Karachi), transferred to RIN (Minesweepers & FF in WW2), transferred to Indian Army Artillery (fought 1965 war as Lt Colonel) & as Colonel was in Assam Rifles.

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Postby Rakesh » 15 Dec 2020 00:27

https://twitter.com/6711Anumit/status/1 ... 97824?s=20 ---> A very rare photograph of Captain Sam Manekshaw. A young Indian Army officer in the NWFP of Undivided India. Exact Location Unknown. Circa 1940's. Sam Hormusji Framji Jamshedji Manekshaw (03 April 1914 – 27 June 2008). Popularly Known As Sam Bahadur.

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Postby SBajwa » 15 Dec 2020 06:36

thank you Admiral. you are the best. we love you!! keep showing such great pics.


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Postby Rakesh » 15 Dec 2020 08:42

SBajwa wrote:thank you Admiral. you are the best. we love you!! keep showing such great pics.

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I am a sucker for nostalgia - I spend hours poring over old photographs of India. When I saw him on Twitter, my nostalgia radar went up. The stories this great man will have. The people he may have met (Gandhi, Nehru, Manekshaw, Mountbatten). His experiences in the three services. He is like a living, breathing history book! In 1947, when India got Independence, he was a young 27 years old. I could spend days listening to him. All I have is questions for him.

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Re: Indian Army History Thread

Postby Manish_P » 15 Dec 2020 11:20

Rakesh wrote:What a wonderful life! Wow!

https://twitter.com/ANI/status/1337301446929223680?s=20 ---> Colonel Prithipal Singh Gill (retd.), the only officer to serve in Indian Air Force, Indian Navy and Indian Army (Artillery), turns 100. He served during World War II and the 1965 India-Pakistan War. (Photo source: Indian Army).

https://twitter.com/DefenceDirect/statu ... 99363?s=20 ---> Colonel Prithipal Singh Gill (retd.) turns 100 today. Started as pilot in RIAF (flew Harvards in Karachi), transferred to RIN (Minesweepers & FF in WW2), transferred to Indian Army Artillery (fought 1965 war as Lt Colonel) & as Colonel was in Assam Rifles.


The very definition of a Warrior. Wow

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Timeline of the Indian Army Generals

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Postby g.sarkar » 01 Apr 2021 08:25

https://www.rediff.com/news/special/far ... 210331.htm
Farewell, Victor of the Battle of Basantar
By Lieutenant General B T Pandit. PVSM, VrC (retd), March 31, 2021
Lieutenant General Walter Anthony Gustavo Pinto was known for his dynamic, bold and aggressive leadership in the Battle of Basantar during the 1971 War.

Lieutenant General B T Pandit -- who was awarded a Vir Chakra for his courage during that battle -- salutes the Victor of Basantar who passed into the ages last week.
Lieutenant General W A G Pinto was born on July 1, 1924 at Pune and just three years short of a century, he breathed his last in the Command Hospital in Pune on March 25, 2021. He served in the Indian Army for nearly four decades from September 1943 till he was superannuated in July 1982 as the Central Army Commander. During his illustrious and enviable career, he rose from 2nd Lieutenant to Lieutenant General and held varied important posts and assignments with great distinction.
However, his command tenure as General Officer Commanding 54 Infantry Division during the 1971 War stands out clearly as it catapulted him as our foremost battlefield General. Under his dynamic, bold and aggressive command, 54 Inf Div, deployed for the offensive in the western theatre, added a golden chapter to our post-Independence military history.
I was then a lieutenant colonel commanding 9 Engineer Regiment and in that capacity was extremely fortunate and privileged to be part of this offensive mission as combat engineer task force commander. The hostilities began with our then prime minister Smt Indira Gandhi's declaration of war in a very inspiring radio address to the Nation late 3/4 December night. As planned, we immediately launched an offensive from Samba (near Jammu) into the Shakargarh sector of Pakistan.Thereafter, for the next fortnight, we fought as well integrated all arms force, blazed our own trail in the absence of any worthwhile road common network, crossed three formidable minefields of unprecedented 600 to 1,300 meters depth laid by Pakistan hoping to bring our advance to a grinding halt and on the night of 15/16 December we succeeded in establishing a strong bridgehead across Basantar Nala. This posed a serious threat to the Pakistan heartland and forced the enemy to react and commit his strategic reserve to contain and eliminate this threat. In the ensuing intense battles fought from 15 to 17 December, we decimated the enemy's one infantry and one armed brigade accounting for as many as 60 tanks (as conceded even by Pakistan). These crippling losses forced the Pak government to sue for and accept a cease-fire in the western theatre from 2000 hours on 17 December, thereby conceding decisive victory to us.
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https://twitter.com/shubhankargh/status ... 82982?s=20 ---> What a military officer should be...as in 1907! Fun Read.

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Postby Rakesh » 27 Apr 2021 20:54

https://twitter.com/GODOFPARADOXES/stat ... 23873?s=20 ---> HAL HUL-26 Pushpak was actively flown by the Indian army in the 1965 and 1971 wars while manning the Air Observation Posts along the international borders. Picture credit to owners.

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Re: Indian Army History Thread

Postby wig » 05 May 2021 08:40

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/featu ... amb-247221

6 Sikh and 5 Sikh troops: Defenders of Poonch, Chhamb

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Two memorable defensive battles were fought south of Banihal Pass, amidst the rigours of the Pir Panjal mountains of Poonch and the undulating rough plains of Chhamb-Jaurian west of Munawar Tawi. The assaulting enemy numbered several times the men who manned the defences; however, they were met squarely with rare steadfastness, valour and dedication, inflicting crushing defeats on the enemy in both these encounters


unflagging spirit of soldiers
Soon, the next position at ‘Tund’ was under bi-directional attack. Major Punjab Singh, the company commander, ‘was the man of the moment; he quickly readjusted the defences and beat back the enemy on the first night. The next night, when the enemy returned, Punjab Singh had skillfully positioned the reinforcements and rushed forward.’ Two junior leaders, Havildar Malkiat Singh and Naib Singh, need special mention who with disregard to their own safety struck the enemy where most wanted. The enemy withdrew, their bodies and weapons scattered all over. Desperate, the enemy sent in their Special Forces (SSG), who managed to come within 30-40 metres of Point 405, but were also forced back.

From December 3 till the dawn of December 7, on display was the true mettle of Lt Col (later Maj Gen) KL Rattan — ‘unmindful of the heavy shelling and firing, he was present wherever an attack developed; with his skillful professionalism, he ensured the right moves, his hearty words kept the men in high morale and charged up throughout.’ He was awarded the Maha Vir Chakra. His motivation energised Sepoy Safaiwala Mangat Ram, ‘who without any fear or adversity continuously supplied ammunition to points under attack till his last breath, and was killed in the act.’



Protecting Chhamb-Jaurian
The Chhamb-Jaurian sector, west of Jammu bulging towards Pakistan, in military terms, is considered a ‘soft belly’ of the defences, as Pakistan has tremendous advantage which they have repeatedly exploited. 1971 was no different as Pakistan launched their major offensive here, aiming to capture Akhnoor and cut off the main Rajouri-Poonch axis. Pakistan employed its 23rd Infantry Division with five infantry brigades (15 battalions), three armoured regiments (approximately 150 tanks) and paramilitary forces.

5 Sikh went on to fight an epic defensive battle here.
Earthquake-like, the ground shook on and around the Indian forward posts around 2100 hours on December 3 as Pakistani artillery opened its barrage. The initial targets were our posts at Pir Jamal and Moel and by midnight, the posts at Phagla, Mandiala and Point 303. These posts and Point 303 were under the command of Maj DS Pannu, an intrepid soldier and outstanding sportsman, with a special passion for riding. Like a true aggressive horseman, not caring for personal safety, he rushed to join his forward troops at Pir Jamal and Moel, which were soon under intense attack with tanks and infantry. The small Indian force beat back three attacks, which delayed the enemy for 16 hours and upset their overall plan.

The casualties were heavy, but Maj Pannu, with a handful of survivors, pulled back to his main position at Point 303, which too soon came under attack. The enemy was held up through December 4 and on the evening of December 5, Maj Pannu was killed. Point 303 fell for a short time, but the gallant Capt Kamal Bakshi rose to the occasion and counter-attacked; the post was regained but he went missing in action, reportedly killed. In the entire surroundings could be seen the bodies of enemy soldiers; two MMGs and 70 rifles were recovered.

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Re: Indian Army History Thread

Postby wig » 05 May 2021 08:43

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/featu ... gil-243918

Maha Virs of Nubra & Kargil
The remarkable feat of Col Chhewang Rinchen, Col Uday Singh, Subedar Mohinder Singh and Brig ML Whig

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Re: Indian Army History Thread

Postby Vips » 09 May 2021 06:19

Army inducts women as soldiers for the first time, breaking another glass ceiling.

Shattering yet another glass ceiling in the overwhelmingly male-dominated armed forces, the first-ever batch of 83 women jawans have now been inducted into the Corps of Military Police (CMP) in the 13- lakh strong Army.

The attestation parade of the 83 women soldiers was held at the CMP Centre & School at Bengaluru on Saturday after they underwent 61 weeks
of intensive basic military and provost training, which included all forms of policing duties and management of prisoners of war, ceremonial duties,
skill development and signal communications.

Reviewing the parade, CMP Centre commandant Brigadier C Dayalan expressed his confidence that the training imparted to the women soldiers, along with the standards they achieved, would hold them in good stead. They will prove to be forcemultipliers at their new units located across varied terrains and operational conditions in the country, he said.

Army spokesperson Colonel Aman Anand, in turn, said the force plans to induct 1,700 women in the PBOR (personnel below officer rank) category in the CMP in a phased manner over the next 16-17 years.

The Army, Navy and IAF, which together number over 15-lakh, have till now inducted women only as officers, and that too in small numbers. Several branches have been progressively opened for women in recent years, with the IAF now even having 10 women fighter pilots.

The Navy also earlier this year deployed four women officers onboard its warships after a gap of around 23 years. But women are still not allowed to serve on board submarines or join “fighting arms” in the Army like infantry, armoured corps and artillery.

Officers say recruitment of women as soldiers (general duty) in the CMP is a path-breaking step, with the Army also planning to deploy women soldiers for crowd control and frisking of women protestors in militancy-hit areas like Jammu and Kashmir and the northeast.

Moreover, the CMP women will also help in investigation of criminal cases like rapes and molestation as well as in preserving good order and discipline in military formations.


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