ramana wrote:Rohit thanks.
I have a question for you.
In Chapter VI of the 1965 Official War history, there is short description of Maj Gen Niranjan Prasad's plan for 15 Division operations which was different than the Corps plan.
I know he asks for air cover etc but looking at the events turned out what do you think?
I would ask Ravi Rikhye too if I could.
I am getting the feeling that the Lahore was Western Command attack to relieve the pressure on Chamb while the I Corps attack in Sialkot was a Army HQ attack.
So these are two different campaigns.
Ramana: Interestingly a few weeks ago I met a relative of Maj-Gen. Niranjan Prasad. The family seems very upset with how he is remembered since Lt.-Gen Harbaksh Singh had only very negative things to say. It is a fact that Prasad requested he begin his attack a few hours before sunrise to take advantage of the darkness, permission was not given and instead he was asked to attack in the daylight with only a part of his division. The attack not only failed but the attacking force degenerated into chaos and panic. Prasad's jeep with its two stars was captured and is on display in some Paki war museum, there are pictures of it on the Internet. Several of the officers under Prasad were taken prisoner. Harbaksh Singh went to meet Prasad and according to Harbaksh Singh, Prasad himself turned out unshaven and in a state of panic to meet him. Harbaksh relieved him of his command and said something like "shape up man, you look worse than a coolie". Prasad's replacement Maj.-Gen. Mohinder Singh seems to have been awarded a MVC for his subsequent actions leading 15 ID. Mohinder Singh took over command on 9th September.
Perhaps one account of the action around Lahore is Battle of Dograi and Batapore by Brig. Desmond Hayde MVC. who with his 3 Jat was in the thick of it at the Bata Shoe Factory at Batapore(Lahore). I still remember the picture of Hayde towering over a small LBS when LBS went to meet Hayde on the field.
https://www.amazon.com/Battle-Dograi-Ba ... 8181580486
Hayde went on to pen a personal memoir Blood and Steel that was published by Anglo-Ink a small Anglo Indian publishing house based in Chennai. They also specialize in Indian Railway memoirs.
http://www.angloink.com/index.php?route ... duct_id=50
For younger folks this will suffice:
https://www.thebetterindia.com/163707/a ... ayde-news/