HIMALAYAN. BLUNDER terlibas) Nam ngũ thit. AL. Thou. The angry truth about India’s nost crushing military disaster. Brig J.P. Dalvi. Foreword by Frank Moraes. Himalayan Blunder has ratings and 72 reviews. Anant said: Just finished Himalayan Blunders written by Brigadier John Dalvi. It was my first book on. This book was written by Brigadier John Parusharam Dalvi, the commander of the ill-fated 7th Indian Infantry Brigade, Indian Army. The motive.

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Himalayan Blunder: The Angry Truth About India’s Most Crushing Military Disaster

When requested to withdraw they pushed back — actually pushed back — our greatly out-numbered patrol to the bridge at Drokung Samba. He then commanded the 4th Battalion, Brigade of the Guards and later 2nd Guards. Later on the Chinese detachment withdrew’ and our forces established them- selves. During 15th Sept and Till 10th Oct day when Chinese finally attacked there were no clear thoughts and chain of command.

Nehru did nothing and did not even bother to inform Parliament.

Among all problems a major one was to keep Army in there present status by providing foodclothingarms and shelter, which Civil authority ignored and thus keeping a soldiers in good condition was a challenge for John. An …more A candid account of how the brave army men suffered because of blotched decision making by our political readers – written by an Army man himself. The Dalai Lama was restored to power, returned to Lhasa inand drove out the Chinese garrisons.

Our appreciation was that Pakistan would need about three years to absorb aid, reorganise her Army and train on the U.

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The Chinese promised to be good boys and we let the matter rest at that. Massive infantry assaults followed, and within three hours the unequal contest was over.


India’s political machinery was inept then hialayan they stand exposed. To make doubly sure, 1 had many sessions with Lt.

Defence debates were used to air their own ideological beliefs and personal feuds, and byy national interests got lost in the verbiage. We’ll contact you shortly.

The induction of the maximum numbers that could be maintained became the end and not the means for implementing operational plans. Experience, as Oscar Wilde observed, is the name men give to their mistakes. It is hard to believe what Brig. Need we follow this tragic path interminably? Guilty Men dalvvi by D. The main protagonists of this line played a part ihmalayan the tragic drama, or belonged to the political party which provided the national leadership and their plea for silence does not spring entirely from a sense of patriotism.

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Search the product to add. They also foresaw an inevitable clash of arms with India over Kashmir or any of the other outstanding issues.

This attitude prevailed for a long time and was displayed whenever the Army approached the Civil Authority for help in the way of accommo- dation, porters, ponies and so on. Still I believe he could have gone a bit soft. They had therefore cultivated Tibet as a buffer state. Lacking firm higher directions, the Armed Forces merely coasted along, and began to lose the professional efficiency gained during World War II and in the Kashmir Operations.

The Kashmir War was a strange war. Road building was carried out in leisurely fashion and little progress was made as late as Septemberdespite some phoney stage-managed opening ceremonies.

We were satisfied that we could contain and deal firmly with Pakistan, and nothing more was required to handle the Pakistani threat. The orders taken by a pacifist Prime Minister, an arrogant Defence Minister and a politically connected General caused the rout of a proud Brigade with many of its men dying like animals in a cage.

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None-the-less his book throws new light on certain decisive periods notably on the vague borderland of September-October The Chinese announced their intention to with- draw from the areas which they had occupied in thirty lightning days; and this gave India a chance to take stock of the political and economic damage. Occupation and Build-Up of Tsangle In the context of the border problem with China it may be necessary to set up check-posts, border-posts or flag-posts to establish our claims by physical posses- sion, and to provide day-to-day protection to the civil administration.

Whole schools of partisans. The Vain Fight For Decisions I seemed destined to continue my direct involvement with the Chinese problem. Suggested by a friends, I presumed it to himalaan a mountaineer literature, which later turned out to be a real life military thriller.

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One responsible civil official is reported to have said, in January I, that Government was considering the withdrawal of the Army.

Read this book to understand that blnder. Now I would have the opportunity of assessing for myself the administrative arrangements for our border garrisons.

People should have changed their mind set slowly after the release of this book. For his services he was mentioned in despatches for gallant and distinguished service.

When X pointed out that these posts -were bring established under the administrative arrangements of the Assam Rifles and the NEFA Administration, I was told to liase with them and hurry the move as General Kaul was furious at the delay and would not accept any excuses.

After some discussion Mr.