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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Our main reliance was to be placed on the assurances given by the U. I urge and request you to blknder this book completely ast it will bring more respect for the brave heroes in your heart and make the truth of civil leadership failure mor I have my respect for the gallantry and resolve of J P Dalvi.
His father worked with the British administration in Iraq and Dalvi returned to India in Have we, as a nation, learnt our lesson, yet?
Himalayan Blunder: The Angry Truth About India’s Most Crushing Military Disaster
During the years there were serious shortcomings in our National Policy. See all 4 reviews. By all the important towns were connected by telegraph.
Handing over the borders to the Army was a meaningless gesture, without the additional resources required. In the early years, their primary aim appeared to be to build strategic roads and airfields, and set up their communications to Sinkiang Province via Rudok, in Tibet.
A clash of arms was a near certainty if the border problem was not negotiated across a table ; and it was no longer a question of minor adjustments and delineating boundaries by consulting old documents, but the prospect of war over a vast area of our inhospitable northern regions. On the Indian side the precipitation is great.
Whole schools of partisans. History is replete with many ifs. Government thus lost the initiative and had no alternative but to proclaim a tough and uncompromising posture. The Government had not prepared the nation for war. This Division was organised, equipped and trained for war- fare in the plains -i.
If the Kashmir issue was not solved then India would have an unmanageable defence burden. I am really grateful that the book helped me change my notions of a leader by explaining what exactly a leader should not be.
We accepted the possibility of some misunderstanding about the actual alignment of these remote areas, and were prepared for incursions and border clashes; but rejected the probability of a major military conflict. All the commander could do was to raise an alarm.
Based on his firsthand experiences, he recounts the events that occurred between September 8, and October 20, Why did India suffer such a crushing defeat in the war with China? Menon still kept harping on Pakistan being the Number One Enemy of India to divert the Bulnder people from the real and imminent Chinese danger.
Failing this the nation must be alerted for the possibility of war.
When detailed news of the disasters percolated to the people, indignation mounted. They advised against establishing any further forward posts without adequate military arrangements.
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Guilty Men of by D. Firstly, complacency is a good bedfellow of disaster. Kaul was promoted to the position of General supplanting more capable, and senior officers hhimalayan he was personally close to Nehru.
A month after the incidents at Khenzemane and Longju we witnessed the unfortunate clash between the Defence Minister and the Army Chief.
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Our politicians had not studied military history, nor did they have the humility to listen to tne advice of capable generals who had. Upload Photos Upload photo files with. Only over-riding national interests would have provoked him to the extreme step of resignation; and later withdraw the resignation in dutiful obedience to his Prime IMinister. The defenders ran out of ammunition, and air-supply was not possible due to bad weather as August and September are monsoon months.
Wc lost 9 killed and 10 were taken prisoners. Upload photo files with. To put it simply, it was necessary to move from firm base to firm base, and not backward from the political boundaries of the country. Did you like this post?
The book is very well written, with loads of examples of antipathy of government at that time towards strategic thinking and about defending the country. General Staff to review defence plans. The second pertinent point is why was public opinion not educated to appreciate the realities of the confrontation with China? So we deduced anew that the Chinese were still playing parlour games and did not intend to fight.
Finally as Commander of the key sector of Towang, Nordi- East Frontier Agency, I was involved in our so-called operational planning to defend our borders.