Discussion in 'Defence & Strategic Issues' started by Ray, Dec 8, 2011.
Reminiscence for the Indian Army history buffs!
Were the tanks PT-76?
Yes, they were PT 76 tanks.
They were real light and amphibious.
Inspite of being very light, the East Pakistan terrain was so soft that even this light tank would get bogged down!!
Yes PT-76's of 45 Cav were used in that battle. My father's battalion, 1 Naga was part of this battle (he was RMO of the unit). They were part of 4 Div.
A couple of days earlier two troops of 45 Cav and a platoon of 22 Rajput were ambushed at Kushtia. One 2 Lt, one JCO and 9 other ranks were captured by 18 Punjab (Pak) & 29 Cav. They were given quite a savage treatment. For the soldiers, one leg each was tied to two separate tanks of 29 Cav (Pak), and the tanks moved in the opposite directions, ripping apart their bodies. The JCO was tied to a tree and a jeep was repeatedly backed into him, till he died. The 2 Lt's penis was chopped off and he was left on the terrace of a building.
The next day the IAF sent in 9 Gnats to straf and bomb the town, but 29 Cav & 18 Punjab had scooted by then. The 2 Lt was found alive when the town was cleared.
After the battle at Madhumati, a number of surrended Pak officers of their 9 Div were lined up and shot for the atrocities committed at Khustia.
In that battle an Indian actress Leena Chandavarkar lost her brother, Major Chandavarkar of 45 Cav, who was killed in action (not many know this bit of trivia).
Speechless. Sir, it would be a pleasure to hear of some other stories from the war.
Seems a failure of PA intel, but even IA commanders may not have fully understood the capabilties of their armor.
A rare colored pic of that era..
Is the LST Polnochny Class?
One small correction the Indian officer killed in Kushtia was 2 Lt. Chandavarkar of 45 Cav and not Major.
Pakistaniyat was alive and kicking..something not dissimilar happened with Saurabh Kalias' patrol and Sqdn Leader Ajay Ahuja during Kargil war.
..is the right way to treat these scum. Should have done more of that instead of feeding the 93,000 cowards for four years.
This savage treatment is common for our captured troops. One soldier of my battalion went missing during a patrol, the unit found his body the next day - a large raddish up his rectum, his chopped penis shoved in his mouth and a gun shot to his head. They dont believe in killing, they have to deliver the ultimate insult to a soldiers manhood.
It is ironic that the first troops to enter Dacca were the Sikhs (6 Sikh LI) and Marathas (1 Maratha LI) along with 2 Para - the communities that broke the Mughal empire by their insurgencies.
Cant blame them its in their blood from long time back..
Only solution is terror against terror for these kinds..
Back in Kargil similar execution occurred when one POW start abusing and trying to escape, result was shooting at instance..
I always wanted to burn the bodies of the killed jihadis, to send them to hell, but my CO handed them over to the local villagers for burial.
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