1962: The War That Wasn't by Shiv Kunal Verma PDF

By Shiv Kunal Verma

ISBN-10: 9382277439

ISBN-13: 9789382277439

ISBN-10: 9382277978

ISBN-13: 9789382277972

On 20 October 1962, excessive within the Himalayas at the banks of the fast-flowing Nam Ka Chu, over four hundred Indian squaddies have been massacred and the valley used to be overrun through infantrymen of China’s People’s Liberation military. Over the process the following month, approximately 4,000 infantrymen have been killed on either side and the Indian military skilled its worst defeat ever. The clash (war was once by no means officially declared) ended simply because China introduced a unilateral ceasefire on 21 November and halted its hitherto unhindered enhance throughout NEFA and Ladakh. so as to add to India’s lasting disgrace, neither leading Minister Jawaharlal Nehru nor the Indian military was once even conscious that the ‘war’ had ended until eventually they heard the declaration at the radio—despite the Indian embassy having been given the data days earlier.This clash remains to be considered one of our least understood episodes. Many books were written at the occasions of the time, often via those that have been eager about a way, nervous to supply justification for his or her activities. those bills have in basic terms succeeded in muddying the image extra. what's transparent is that 1962 used to be an unmitigated catastrophe. The terrain on which lots of the battles have been fought (or now not fought) was once distant and inaccessible; the troops have been sorely underequipped, missing even hot garments; and the boys and officials who attempted to make a stand have been again and again enable down through their political and armed forces superiors. again and again, in Nam Ka Chu, Bum-la, Tawang, Se-la, Thembang, Bomdila—all within the Kameng Frontier department of NEFA within the japanese Sector—and in Ladakh and Chusul within the Western area, our forces have been mismanaged, misdirected or left to fend for themselves. If the chinese language military hadn’t made up our minds to prevent its positive crusade, the wear could were some distance worse.In this definitive account of the clash, according to dozens of interviews with squaddies and various others who had a first-hand view of what truly occurred in 1962, Shiv Kunal Verma takes us on an uncomfortable trip via essentially the most disastrous episodes of self sufficient India’s history.

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