THE LIBERATION WAR, 1971


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Images of 1971: Pakistani Surrender of Dhaka - Sachin K and L N Subramanian


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- The famous reconnaissance picture of Pak Army tank tracks in the sand around Longewala. The Pak Army T-59 MBTs were circling to avoid being hit by IAF Hunters and to raise dust to provide cover. This was taken from a PR Canberra flown by Wing Commander R.S. Benegal and now adorns the enclosure at the VIP entrance of Vayu Bhavan.
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- Lt. Col. Hanut Singh, MVC of 17 Poona Horse with his Centurion tank, Kooshab. The regiment is one of the most decorated in the Armoured Corps and in 1965 it had already been awarded with one PVC, only to win another in 1971 at the Battle of Basantar in which 66 Pakistani tanks were claimed to have been destroyed.
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- The tough way to battle. Artillery Gunners manhandle a 25 pounder field gun through loose sand as field artillery tractor engines seize. For supporting Longewala, Indian Gunners manhandled throughout the night and by dawn they were in super charge range.
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- A Historic Surrender: Major Niyazi, 38 Punjab Regiment (Pakistan Army) surrendering to the Commanding Officer of the 22 Maratha LI at Fatehpur, Rangpur in Bangladesh on 16 December 1971 after the famous battle of Hilli.
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- The frantic convulsive movements of Pakistani tanks caught in the open by Hunters from the Indian Air Force (IAF) in the battle of Longewala. The insert shows three destroyed Pakistani tanks.
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- An Indian T-55 leading the road to Khulna from Jessore - 35 miles away, says the stone post at left. It was not a cake walk, as the Pakistan Army put up a stiff and determined opposition.
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- Pakistan Army troops set up a charge, to blow a vital bridge in attempt to slow down the Indian Army advance towards Dhaka - the capital of the erstwhile East Pakistan.
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- Major Kuldip Singh Chandpuri (3rd from left), commander at the epic battle of Longewala, held Pakistan troops and tanks at bay till the arrival of the Indian Air Force.
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- The GOC-in-C of the Western Army Command, Lt. Gen. K.P. Candeth (centre), discusses a war plan with other senior Indian military commanders.
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- General Sam Manekshaw and Lieutenant General Sartaj Singh, GOC 15 Corps, smile as a Jawan gives an amusing answer to a question.
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- Troops, atop a PT-76 tank from the Indian 45th CAV, heading triumphantly into Dhaka, on 16 December 1971.
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- A column of T-55s, from the Indian 7th CAV, on its way to Dhaka - the capital of the erstwhile East Pakistan.
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- A Soldier's General: General Sam Manekshaw chats with Jawans about their war experiences. Circa Dec 1971.
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- Paratroopers from the 10 Para Commando, returning after the successful raid on Islamkot, in West Pakistan.
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- An Indian T-55 tank on its way to Dhaka, the capital of the newly-liberated Bangladesh.
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