An Infantry Battalion in Combat: A Critical Appraisal of Battle Situations Encountered by an Infantry Battalion

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Lancer Publishers, 2013 - History - 372 pages
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With the backdrop of development of 1947-48, when it occupied some areas of Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan tried its luck again in 1965 by sending across an amalgam of regular troops but this time without the looters, plunderers and rapist tribesmen. They were trained men of all hues, of various armed organizations, with army personnel as their leaders. Pakistan day dreamt that the Muslim population the State, particularly in Kashmir Valley and Punch area would rise in revolt against the Indian Government and support the infiltrators and intruders. Pakistan failed to understand the social vibes in the State, which were so clear in 1965. The Muslim majority population in the Kashmir Valley and Punch area gave a cold shoulder to Pakistan. Her calculations in the State went awry and most of the intruders during 1965 Indo-Pak War were either captured or killed and only a lucky few could retrace their steps to Pakistan occupied Kashmir. In conducting operations against the unconventional enemy, a lot of readjustments of forces by own army was adopted. At times, certain momentary vacations, reverses and losses had to be accepted for achieving of the major goal of defeating the designs of Pakistan and its army.
 

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Contents

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7
First Things First
27
Jammu and Kashmir British and Pakistan
52
Punch and its Specific Importance
70
Infiltration by Guerrillas
100
Battle of Gali
128
Engagement at Molsar Ridge
151
Operation PhanneShah
164
Young Commanders and Leaders
235
Junior Leadership
257
Last Few Yards
281
What Makes a Man Fight
297
Lessons Learnt
310
Dealing with Pakistan
325
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340
Bibliography
361

Battle of OP Hill
186
Phenomenon of Gibraltar and its Crumbling
223

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