1965: Stories from the Second Indo-Pakistan War by Rachna Bisht Rawat

By Rachna Bisht Rawat

On 1 September 1965, Pakistan invaded Chamb district in Jammu and Kashmir, triggering a sequence of tank battles, operations and counter-operations. It used to be in basic terms the bravery and well-executed strategic judgements of the warriors of the Indian military that countered the very genuine possibility of wasting Kashmir to Pakistan. Recounting the battles fought through 5 various regiments, the narrative reconstructs the occasions of the 1965 Indo-Pakistan battle, outlining information by no means printed prior to, and recalls its unsung heroes.

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AB/AWH) BREWSTER BUFFALO At the beginning of the war against Japan, the RAF only had a handful of fighter aircraft based in Burma, and all of those were Brewster Buffaloes. Originally designed as carrier-borne aircraft for the US Navy, the Buffalo was not a success and large numbers were sold to Britain, primarily for training pilots, though a considerable number – well over 100 – found their way to the Far East where they were used in combat. Despite claims that the Buffalo was perfectly adequate as an air-defence fighter against the Oscars and Zeros of the Japanese Army and Navy air forces, the Buffalo was, in comparison, slow, cumbersome, lightly armed and had very little protection for the pilot.

General Mutaguchi orders 138th Infantry Regiment to proceed to Dimapur 10 April Monsoon rains arrive two to three weeks earlier than normal, impeding both Japanese and Commonwealth troop movements and re-supply. The Kohima garrison gives up DIS (Daily Issue Supply) Hill as untenable 17 April FSD Hill and Kuki Piquet taken by the Japanese, severely reducing the perimeter held by Commonwealth forces 20 April Leading elements of 2nd Division force their way through the Japanese lines and into Kohima 23 April General Sato orders a final assault on the remaining Commonwealth strongpoint, Garrison Hill.

Hideki Tojo. Equally it is not clear that any other course of action would have been much better. The Japanese Government was aware that the odds were gradually, but steadily, tipping in favour of the Allies in every theatre. If they chose to adopt a defensive policy in Burma then the Allies would eventually gain the initiative and be able to choose the time and place of their offensives, and Japan could not possibly find the men or material to defend the entirety of the Burma-India border in addition to her commitments in China and the Pacific.

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