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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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The Chinese spent two months in Kameng after their victory in and would undoubtedly have made copious notes of this fact! Briefly the new policy was that, as China was unlikely to wage war with India, there was no reason why we should not play a game of chess and a battle of wits with himslayan and maintain a few of our posts himaoayan what we were convinced was our territory.

Dalvi states that despite others being more capable, B. Harshdeep Singh Certified Buyer 13 Apr, They must not, however be treated as defended zones or tactical positions, to be defended to the last man and last round. Even in the face of indisputable evidence, India insisted on maintaining cordial relations with the Chinese. Search the product to add. At these meetings the Civil would spell out their grandiose plans for developing Towang into a health and holiday resort and brought blue-prints indicating the future location of colleges, parks and housing projects.

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The years between and must go down in our history as wasted years, in our defence thinking and military preparedness. The defenders ran out bluunder ammunition, and air-supply was not possible due to bad weather as August and September are monsoon months. Menon still kept harping on Pakistan being the Number One Enemy of India to divert the Indian people from the real and imminent Chinese danger.

Such a party could not tackle the. There were no probing questions, and no one asked where the additional forces were to come from. 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.


We were critically short of most essential items of equipment. It was only after they left that we adopted the ill-fated Forward Policy and gave the Chinese an excuse for the clash ofand the subsequent lightning thrust to ralvi plains. Rashna Hazarika 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.

As the first Brigade that was the da,vi of Chinese decimation, it makes sad reading on how manpower was thrown as fodder against the chinese. Domestic politics also helped to confuse such Government thinking as there was.

I just want to know, what kind of this book it is? It was astonishing to find that even after one year we had practically no admi- nistrative backing and that we lived vrig air-drop to air- drop.

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Since qualities of heart and head ceased to be a passport to promotion for blunfer officers. If China was allowed to exercise the legal powers and prerogatives of Tibet she could lay claims to large tracts of land on our northern frontiers, and she had the will and means to enforce her claims.

The Sino-Indian border dispute, which resulted in the clash ofhad its genesis inwhen China and India faced each other across a common frontier, for the first time in centuries. Nehru did not deem it fit to inform Parliament of this humiliating experience. Actually these posts were militarily useless, and were brushed aside by the advancing Chinese.

Menon and a few External Affairs Ministry officials. Air-drops became an end in themselves; what the forward troops could collect was secondary. See all 4 reviews. We recounted, cross-checked and authenticated the facts which form the basis for tins book. Mcnon forced the Air Force to exaggerate their capacity to give the impression that our build-up was proceeding apace.


The Guns of August by Mrs. The confrontation of taught the Pakistan Government a major lesson.

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

One shudders to think of what would have happened if the Chinese had entered the Assam Plains. A story of how egos got in the way of common sense and made the poor ill-equipped Indian soldier fight an uneven battle against vastly better hialayan and prepared Chinese troops. If he was unbalanced and prone to himalaan issues oyer trifles, Mr. Appropriate acknowledgement has been made in the text. Foreign policy decisions aimed at grandstanding and projecting one individual as world savior, key ministerial appointments based on friendships and old equations and a complete breakdown of decision making over many years backed by zero knowledge of armed conflicts stand out as key failures.

Joe loved India and had volunteered to stay on after the departure of the British, to start the Staff College, which till today is a monument to his professional skill and dedicated work. This book is an extraordinary military account of the events leading up to the debacle resulting in the Chinese advancing miles into Indian territory.

China began patrolling Ladakh inat the time when she was involved in Korea and weak. The book records their valour, resolution and loyalty – qualities which are generally forgotten in the mass of political post-mortems which have been served up to the Indian people. Once the Chinese began nibbling at our territory, any concessions made would have been looked upon as appeasement and surrender.

Nehru would never commit aggression, the regular Pakistan Army was concentrated for re-equipment and training, and her borders were handed over to para- military forces.