Armoured Corps In 1948 Kashmir War

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  1. Kunal Biswas

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    An exclusive look at Armored Corps photographs from the Kashmir war during India-Pakistan War of 1948. Featuring Shermans, Stuarts and Armoured Carriers.
     
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    We should all be greatfull towards little old stuart... Without those in Zoji La, Which Paki generals thought to be impossible, Ladakh would have been on the other side of LOC...

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    Kunal Biswas Member of the Year 2011 Moderator

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    It force us to think that we have no light tanks now for operating there..

     
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    True!!
    and chinese are making them like pan cakes for norther front
     
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    Old is Gold
     
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    The General And His Tanks !
    The Role of tanks at High altitude, Stuart light tanks at Zojila Pass..

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    Perhaps the most spectacular chapter in the Indian Army History and life of the great General Thimayya was his role in what is considered to be the first Kargil War in 1948. Gen. Thimayya’s tactical manoeuvres that helped save Kargil in 1948. His deployment of Stuart light tanks at Zojila Pass at twelve thousand feet above sea level to the utter surprise of the Opposition forces is still unprecedented.



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    Zojila, which means “Path of blizzards” is over one hundred kilometers east of Srinagar at an elevation of three thousand five hundred twenty nine meters and is the main pass on the road connecting Leh to Srinagar. When the Indian army landed at the Srinagar Airport in October 1947, it is reported that the opposition forces (a redoubtable force of over five hundred Pathans, Gilgit Scouts, Chitralis and renegades from the Jammu and Kashmir force) were just a few kilometres away. As a result of the Pakistani offensive, India lost Kargil and Dras and the Srinagar- Leh Road was blocked. The Enemy also seized control of Zojila and was headed to Gilgit and Leh. It is in these precarious circumstances that Maj. Gen. K. S. Thimayya (as he then was) spearheaded one of the greatest victories for the Indian Army. After a record-breaking landing at an airfield along with Air Cdre Meher Singh, the Indian contingent had to necessarily reopen the old Srinagar – Leh trade route after retaking Dras and Kargil. In an ambitious plan, at a high altitude and in bitterly cold conditions, Gen. Thimayya realized the necessity for firepower to blast the Enemy at the Zojila heights failing which the operation would be unsuccessful. Astonishingly he ordered the deployment of a squadron of Stuart MK-VI tanks of the 7 Light Cavalry compelling the engineers to cut a path into the rocky terrain in less than three weeks to build an eight kilometre long track that could take the width and weight of the tanks. Owing to the precipitous climb, the tanks had to be dismantled and physically pushed up by the Jawans… to an altitude where tanks had never been used before.


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    Having successfully commissioned the tanks at this height, the assault began on November 1, 1948. The very appearance of the tanks utterly dampened the morale of the bewildered Pakistanis who either fled or were vanquished. Once Zojila was taken, the road to Kargil was reopened and Ladakh was safe. Ultimately, on November 24 Kargil was re-taken. Thus the unofficial 1st Indo-Pak War (and perhaps the longest and toughest of them all) ended in success owing to the bold, shrewd and relentless pursuit led by Gen. Thimayya. In the process, Gen. Thimayya emerged as the finest tactician among his contemporaries.



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    Kunal Biswas Member of the Year 2011 Moderator

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    Very Good Docomentry On Tank Operation Over Zoli pass..

     
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    We need to have thousands of such machines, with the following variants:
    1. Pure truck
    2. Pure troop carrier
    3. Mobile mortar platform
    4. MEDEVAC
    5. With VSPU-cum-Gatling-Gun (YakB-12.7 mm) turret
    6. With Igla dual pods
    7. With ATGM (Konkurs)
    8. With Carl-Gustav (105 mm)
     
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    Stuart MK-VI tanks

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    TATA`s weasel armored vehicle.

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    Read More at the Link : Wiesel AWC - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


     
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    Seeing these for the first time... Are there any other such offering by TATA or Mahindra or any other?

     
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    Kunal Biswas Member of the Year 2011 Moderator

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    The Vehicle one of its kind and there none other exists in Global, Only TATA can deliver these..

    Btw, These can be carried on Meter / Narrow gauge..

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    The British CVR(T) family of light tanks would be a better option than that very small Wiesel. Indian companies should buy the design and production rights of this tank.

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    FV 105
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    You can have the option getting the of adding 1 more road wheel on each side to have the ALVIS STORMER:

    Stormer 30

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    Stormer HVM

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    Kunal Biswas Member of the Year 2011 Moderator

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    Small Wiesel fits the roads up there better than this..

    All of these vehicle you posting are big..

    Please see the documentary in last page and size of old light tank Stuart with respect to the roads..

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    As an example..

     
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    I disagree, the Stuart tank was heavier and wider than the CVR(T) series:

    Stuart

    Specifications-
    Weight 32,400 lb (14,700 kg)
    Length 14 ft 2.4 in (4.33 m)
    Width 8 ft 1.2 in (2.47 m)
    Height 7 ft 6 in (2.29 m)
    Crew 4 (Commander, gunner, driver, co-driver)

    FV 101 (as an eg. of CRV(T)

    Specifications
    Weight 17,800 lb (8.074 tonnes)
    Length 5.288 m (17 ft 4.2 in)[1]
    Width 2.134 m (7 ft 0.0 in)[1]
    Height 2.102 m (6 ft 10.8 in)[1]
    Crew 3

    The only thing that the CVR(T) is bigger (or longer) is on length, which is not significant anyway.
     
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    Stuart light tanks at Zojila Pass at twelve thousand feet above sea level, A nice documentary on it ..
     
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