War Despatches 1971
This book is a lucid retelling of the triumphs, the many horrors, the challenges, and the many battles the soldiers fought and won within and outside, to put India first. A young officer who was taken prisoner, a Naval captain who left home days before his wedding, the fond memory of a martyred Lance Naik who threw himself before the enemy to help win a bigger battle, and so on. Fifty years later, Brig. B. S. Mehta brings together accounts from 29 brave Indian soldiers of the Eastern and Western Sector on what it meant to be young and in the line of fire.
March to Justice: Global Military Law Landmarks is an anthology of twenty-five short essays and commentaries by eminent jurists, judges and academics from around the world on governance, military law and human rights. It talks of diverse and pathbreaking judicial decisions that changed the course of military law in several jurisdictions and in different nations. It also brings to the fore some noteworthy lessons from these experiences, in addition to facilitating a comparative analysis. Articulated in simple, non-scholarly language for a layperson, this book is a must-have for the intrigued reader of texts on military, law, politics, public policy, governance and human rights.
‘Raising a regiment is like riding bareback. The struggle is harder; the sweat, toil and tears unending. The reward is confidence in our own abilities, an understanding and respect for the esprit de corps of the cavalry, and regimental pride.’
From the annals of Indian military history comes the glorious tale of the raising of 13 Armoured Regiment — India’s only armoured regiment raised with a unique class composition of Sikh, Rajput and South Indian Classes. Brigadier Balram Singh Mehta, a veteran of the 1971 war, was reverted from RAW by General A.S. Vaidya, then Chief of Army Staff, to raise 13 AR. The regiment was raised in December 1984, in the aftermath of Operation Blue Star, a time of national turmoil and security concerns in India. Through an engaging narrative, this book weaves together the many personal and professional challenges undertaken by the unit’s officers and its first commandant, Brigadier B.S. Mehta, for the unit to be declared fit for war and assigned to an infantry division. In January 1987 while two of its squadrons participated in the Republic Day Parade at New Delhi and Allahabad, 13 AR was mobilized at short notice and inducted into a Strike RAPID Formation deployed in the desert for Exercise Brasstacks under General Hanut Singh. Pakistan’s nervous response led to President Zia-ul-Haq deploying his Army Reserves opposite Punjab, creating a warlike situation that led to a moment of truth for the leadership in politics, diplomacy and the armed forces of both nations.
Fighting Fourth or 4th Battalion, The Kumaon Regiment, raised in 1788, has fought and etched its name in the annals of Indian military history with honour and pride. From fighting the Pindaris to quelling the Boxer Rebellion in Hong Kong, the battalion saw extensive action in both the World Wars and the Indo-Pak War of 1947–48, where the gallant actions of the unit saved Kashmir Valley for the Indian Union and changed the course of history in the region. Brigadier Jasbir presents an intimate, personal account of the glorious history of this fine battalion that has contributed no less than two Chiefs of Staff of the Indian Army and is among the most highly-decorated ones.
Boys of RIMC never really grow up, and happily, the spirit of adventure and mischief lives on, even after many winters have passed. For nearly a century, Rimcollians have done the three Services proud, and the civvy street too. Known for their camaraderie and spirit of never accepting defeat or yielding to any adversary, whether in the battlefield or the playground.
Brig Jasbir’s humorous book brings alive how mischievous teenagers are forged into soldiers. He presents a thrilling account of happy days spent by him at the RIMC, Dehradun, from 1962 to 1966.