ramana wrote:I think it was an invasion plan that went awry. That rock dam and timing was to minimize water flow and drive those truck to DBO road and strike Leh. It got foiled. Shookla types were in the know to create FUD.
Their Galwan movement is, in all likelihood, the southern arm of a pincer manoeuvre.
The northern arm of the pincer is the armour backed forces through Depsang (south of DBO).
The objective of the Great Superior Han Army appears to be slicing off the area south of DBO, which I had posted in an earlier thread.
A member in an earlier post had queried about the terrain around Depsang -
Well, around Depsang and to the east, its rolling plains - well suited for armour. Its not perfectly flat and its not exactly open sesame in all directions, however armour can be gainfully used. The terrain is ice and glacier-free, especially in this season.
To the west, the Chipchap river joins the Shyok (which flows towards the south). Beyond the western bank of the Shyok there is a sheer arc- wall of mountains with glaciers running into the Shyok.
In the event the Great Type-15 tanks of the Superior Army rolls in, the only way our land forces can come in for a counter attack in strength, is from the south. Hence the vulnerability of the sector.
The Great Superior Han Army has perhaps evaluated that this is their last campaign season to change the facts on the ground and even now, they are racing to ensure that objective before
a limitation / perceived limitation of ours is overcome.
They appear to be gambling on their perceived advantage with superior tech and equipment and ability to bring forces in strength to pressure points of their choice since they think they still hold the initiative. However, equipment alone does not an Army make - as the Superior Hans recently discovered to their horror - that despite their well-planned and pre-mediated ambush, the 'Barbarians' from that 'inferior, dirty and poor vassal country' came screaming into Galwan Valley without firearms and mowed them down in substantial numbers.
Couple of other points -
When flying northwards at a low height through Shyok, the valley short of DBO suddenly opens up into an almost alien and hauntingly beautiful landscape -the rocks and ground are Red, interspersed with other brilliant colours and these contrast with the prominently dark-Blue high altitude sky. Its also unlimited visibility in clear weather - where one can perhaps see hundreds of kilometres into the Tibetan plateau.
A member posted some large scale maps of the area. These maps are vintage and I am not sure whether a few of the camping grounds (posts held by us) are correctly marked.