- Hardcover: 388 pages
- Publisher: Natraj Publishers; UK ed. edition (1 August 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9788181581570
- ISBN-13: 978-8181581570
- ASIN: 8181581571
- Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 4.1 x 23.8 cm
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The India-Pakistan War of 1965: A History Hardcover – 1 Aug 2011
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The two major shortcomings ignored by the official records are:
1. Failure of Indian thrust towards Lahore.
2. Failure of Indian defences in Khem Karan sector.
The first failure, the threat to Lahore, was due to a host of factors - poor command, poor communications, inferior equipment, inadequate reconnaissance, lack of political will, etc. No one in the real world can expect this to be acknowledged officially and it wasn't.
The real whitewash is in the loss of territory in the Khem Karan sector. Bluntly, it was due to the cowardice of the Sikh infantry who retreated pellmell. With Swaran Singh as defense minister during and in the aftermath of the war, this fact was buried. The 2nd Independent Armoured Brigade, armed with Centurion tanks, laid an effective ambush and accounted for most of the invading Pattons. There was no flooding of fields to bog down the Pattons, a myth floated to diminish the Centurions. This book relies on the official records of the Indian military to the extent that the name of the Brigadier who planned and executed the ambush is not mentioned in the narrative, but he finds a place in the list of MVC awardees. For the record, his name is Brig. T. K. Theogaraj MVC.
AND the Centurion tanks which performed so ably were not given any further orders. India bought the dumbed down Chieftain tank and renamed it as the Vijayantha.