41st Anniversary of decisive Indian victory in 1971

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Re: 41st Anniversary of decisive Indian victory in 1971

Postby nam » 19 Aug 2018 20:02

It is Lt kheterpal's tank.

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Re: 41st Anniversary of decisive Indian victory in 1971

Postby Rakesh » 19 Aug 2018 20:30

ramana wrote:FamaGusta was a Centurion tank.

Karan M wrote:Likely Lt Kheterpals tank because you said 1971?

nam wrote:It is Lt kheterpal's tank.

All Correct.

His last words (before he switched off the radio, to not hear any more orders from his CO) was, "No Sir, I will not abandon my tank and I will get these basta rds!"

It takes a very special man, with very special training and despite knowing fully well that he is going to die....to say the above. IIRC, his tank could no longer move, but the tank's gun was operational. It is one thing for a man to charge a post, facing a hail of bullets and knowing that he may survive the ordeal. But it takes a very special man - knowing with full 100% certainity that he is going to die - to still charge that post. Bravery was like breathing to 2nd Lt Arun Kheterpal, PVC. He rightly deserved the Param Vir Chakra. Even the Pak Army tanker - who killed him in that battle - later wrote an article about 2nd Lt Kheterpal, chroniciling his bravery.

I still remember Field Marshal Mankeshaw's speech (on youtube) to an IMA graduating class, "There is no room for the loser. If you lose, don't come back."

And the Indian Armed Forces are filled with men and women like 2nd Lt Arun Kheterpal, PVC. They are India's Legends.

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Re: 41st Anniversary of decisive Indian victory in 1971

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Re: 41st Anniversary of decisive Indian victory in 1971

Postby wig » 03 Sep 2018 10:29

informative write up
How naval commandos defeated Pakistan in 1971
In the early hours of August 15, ‘Operation Jackpot’ was executed: Nine ships in Chittagong harbour were blown up by commando frogmen using limpet mines. This operation nearly crippled the crucial port of Chittagong. Operation Jackpot continued, and another 36 vessels were soon sunk in other ports. This action showed the world that the resistance was alive and that Bangladesh has not been “pacified”. By November, the commandos sunk over 100,000 tons of shipping, suffering very few causalities. The fighters were now provided gunboats; two patrol boats were also loaned by the Indian Navy. This flotilla struck Pakistani and allied ships in the sub-campaign ‘Operation Hotpants’. Ports, rivers and waterways were soon clogged with damaged or sunken vessels. Around this time, Gano Bahini guerilla units entered Bangladesh from India’s North East. All lines of communications of the Pakistani forces in Bangladesh were now throttled; Pakistani control shrunk to urban areas. Consequently, the occupation crumbled when war erupted on December 3.

https://www.dnaindia.com/analysis/colum ... an-2658043

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Re: 41st Anniversary of decisive Indian victory in 1971

Postby wig » 17 Nov 2018 14:00

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/ind ... 664353.cms

1971 India-Pakistan war hero Brig Chandpuri dead

on the intervening night of 5/6 Dec 1971 then Maj Chandpuri led something like a 100 men of the 23 Bn, The Punjab Regt. to force a 3000+ (51 Inf Bde) Pak Brigade and a Regt of T59 and a Squadrons worth of Shermans to retreat.
May Mother India be blessed with more such Sons.JMD

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Re: 41st Anniversary of decisive Indian victory in 1971

Postby Suresh S » 17 Nov 2018 18:29

I wake up and first thing in the morning I had a few tears . Aaj ek sher hame chhor kar chale gaye . Brigadier Chandpuri passed away. Wahe guruji ka khalsa wahe guruji ke fatah.

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Re: 41st Anniversary of decisive Indian victory in 1971

Postby SBajwa » 17 Nov 2018 19:50

Very tragic news braveheart Brigadier was only 78 years old. RIP

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Re: 41st Anniversary of decisive Indian victory in 1971

Postby wig » 18 Nov 2018 10:46

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/punja ... 84625.html

Obituary of one of the great sons of India Brig. Chandpuri, MVC, VSM

“We were given a choice to stay put and defend the position or go in for a tactical retreat. We chose to stay put and fight,” Brig Chandpuri, once told this reporter.
he first attack by Pakistani troops at night was stalled through anti-tank weapons. Reserve fuel drums kept atop tanks were exploded, throwing enough light for our gunners positioned on high ground, while their own smoke blinded their troops.

“Though we were outnumbered and surrounded, Pakistani infantry was unable to advance. We held them till dawn when the IAF came in,” he added.

When the operation ended, 22 Pakistani tanks had been destroyed.

The citation for his award reads: “Major Kuldip Singh Chandpuri was commanding a company battalion of the Punjab Regiment occupying a defended locality in the Rajasthan Sector. On December 5, 1971, in the early hours of the morning the enemy launched a massive attack on this locality with infantry and tanks. Major Chandpuri exhibited dynamic leadership in holding his command intact and steadfast. Showing exceptional courage and determination, he inspired his men moving from bunker to bunker, encouraging them in beating back the enemy till reinforcements arrived. In this heroic defence, he inflicted heavy casualities on the enemy and forced them to retreat leaving behind 12 tanks. In this action, Major Kuldip Singh Chandpuri displayed conspicuous gallantry, inspiring leadership and exceptional devotion to duty in keeping with the highest traditions of the Indian Army.”

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