War Analysis: What did we learn from Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971?

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  1. Arnab Banerjee

    Arnab Banerjee Regular Member

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    the above is the account of war. now what we learn from it?

    first bangladeshis start creating public opinion in favour of war by using leaflets. this move drives more and more public into army. this move also creats supports for army in the mind of civilians.

    the situation is that bangladesh had no formal army, pakistan and india has formal army. in this scenario, bangladesh declares war against west pakistan. how to win the battle?

    pakistan responded by airlifting in two infantry divisions and reorganising their forces. They also raised paramilitary forces of Razakars, Al-Badrs and Al-Shams (who were mostly members of the Muslim League, the then government party and other Islamist groups), as well as other Bengalis who opposed independence, and Bihari Muslims who had settled during the time of partition.

    bangladeshi mukti bahini took direct supply of arms from india. so now the situation is pakistan vs. bangladesh + india. the odd is 1 against 2. this move give strength both military and political to mukti bahini.

    then mukti bahini took the following strategy. i will explain the reasons behind this strategy:

    a] Bengali conventional force would occupy lodgment areas inside Bangladesh and then Bangladesh government would request international diplomatic recognition and intervention. Initially Mymensingh was picked for this operation, but Gen. Osmani later settled on Sylhet.

    b] Sending the maximum number to guerrillas inside Bangladesh as soon as possible with the following objectives:[58][59]

    1] Increasing Pakistani casualties through raids and ambush
    2]Cripple economic activity by hitting power stations, railway lines, storage depots and communication networks.
    3] Destroy Pakistan army mobility by blowing up bridges/culverts, fuel depots, trains and river crafts.
    4]The strategic objective is to make the Pakistanis to spread their forces inside the province, so attacks can be made on isolated Pakistani detachments.

    clearly mukti bahini took a double edged sword against pakistan. just follow: first it would ask for international diplomatic intervention. this move would create political pressure over pakistan govt.

    secondly mukti bahini send guerrillas to isolate the entire pakistani force i.e. to break it down in to pieces by casualties, destroying economic activities, destroying mobilities. then conventional army will destroy the broken pieces of pakistani army.

    this way the pakistan would be attacked from 2 sides at the same time. it would be politically and strategically destroyed.

    half war is won. now rest have done by india.

    lesson learned: always attack your enemy politically and armily. destroy the strength of army by guerrilla operation as well as by conventional army.

    always make a stronger country your ally.

    this way a weak country can destroy a strong country.

    what do you think?

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  3. Arnab Banerjee

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    I think Pakistan did try the same with J&K. Mujahideens assisted Pak Army since beginning, politically they made it a strong point everywhere taking support of middle east nations, making issue in UN, asking US to interfere.Their Army tried three times to take J&K.
    but still they failed.
     
  5. Arnab Banerjee

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    middle eastern countries are not strong countries. they have no military power of their own. pakistan cannot be benefited from them. pakistan urges UN to interfare in this matter but failed due to its own image of a terrorist nation. so they cannot have support of a strong country and they don't have strong political support.

    now only pakistani army attacked and failed.

    but this time pakistan has a stronger ally china. they just don't have international support because of their terrorist nation image. but without this political support they can destroy india with the help of china.

    india should use the lesson learned in Bangladesh war. india should make america her ally and this move in turn generate international political support automatically. so india will get stronger ally and political support to destroy pakistan and china.

    thats why we should analyse war.

    i am going to post more war cases here.
     

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