RayC wrote:Could you point me to the 4 Div history and official history? Unless Handerson Brooks report is declassified, one cannot have a balanced view.
Western authors would have their own view point to sell. Neville Maxwell's, Áfter Nehru, who? would indicate his penchant for gossip and sensationalism. .
The 4th Div History and the Indian Army History were both authored by Major (Retd) K C Praval. I may be a bit prejudiced as I am a big fan of Maj Praval's books. He had written only four - The Official Regimental History of the Parachute Regt (India's Paratroopers
), the Official History of the Kumaon Regt (Valour Triumphs
), Official HIstory of 4 Mtn Div (The Red Eagles)
and the semi-official history of the Indian ARmy (Indian Army after Independence
). The books on Kumaon Regt and Indian army were written on the request of Gen T N Raina. I remember he passed away as soon as he finished his fourth and last book (Indian Army after Indep)
Additionally the MoD History is available on our site - the relevant chapter for Kameng, I have linked in my earlier post. Even though it is not the H-B report, the official MoD history has the luxury of falling back on official records and has pretty good details on the chronology of events.
Incidentally Maxwell wrote India's China War
. Whereas After Nehru Who ?
was by Hangen Wells. I have read both, but base my opinions mostly on Praval's , the Official History and to an extent Dalvi's book.
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Other personal accounts that I have read The Fall of Tawang
by Maj Gen Niranjan Prasad. Lt Gen B M Kauls Autobiography, Maj Gen DK Palit's War in the High Himalayas
. Lt Col J R Saigal's The Unfought War of 1962: The NEFA Debacle
also provides an interesting insight into the events that happened within the Div HQ. This book maybe a bit controversial as Col Saigal is scathing in his criticism towards all. I do not remember how much Lt Gen Harbaksh Singh wrote about the 62 War in his book but i dont believe it was much.