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Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw: 10 fascinating facts
Manekshaw was the first Indian Army officer to be promoted to the five-star rank of the Field Marshal.
He served the Army for almost 40 years and participated in five wars.
Famous for his quotes, once said: “If a man says he is not afraid of dying, he is lying or he is a Gorkha”.
The Field Marshal Sam Hormusji Framji Jamshedji Manekshaw on April 3rd, 1914 to June 27th, 2008, he is popularly known as ‘Sam Bahadur’, was one of the greatest military commanders that India’s has.
On the 104th birth anniversary, here are some interesting facts about the eighth Chief of the Army Staff of the Indian Army.
Born to the Parsi parents in Amritsar, Manekshaw was the first Indian Army officer to be promoted to the five-star rank of the Field Marshal.
His father initially wanted his plans to join the Army, but he rebelled saying his father should send him to London in that case so that he can become a gynaecologist. His father refused that too. Following that, Manekshaw took the Indian Military Academy entrance examination, and the rest is in the history.
Manekshaw served the Army for almost 40 years and participated in the five wars -World War II, India-Pakistan war of the yearv1947, a Sino-Indian fight of the year 1962, India- Pakistan war of the year 1965 and the Bangladesh Liberation War of the year 1971.
Before the India-Pakistan war of the year 1971 war, when Indira Gandhi asked Manekshaw about the Indian Army’s readiness, he said, “I am always ready sweetie.” He would refer to Indira as a sweetie or sweetheart because of their Parsi connection that is Indira’s husband Feroze Gandhi was a Parsi.
Manekshaw cheated the death on a few occasions, both on the battlefield and away from it. He, however, lived on to be nonagenarian. As a young Captain, while posted in Burma and fighting a war with the Japanese in the year 1942, he was critically wounded with as many as nine bullets lodged in his body. While battling for his life, his valiant Sikh orderly Sepoy Sher Singh came to his rescue and saved him from the inevitable death.
Another of his famous quotes came when asked what would have happened if he had opted for Pakistan during partition, to which he replied, “then Pakistan would have won all the wars.”
His service was extending through almost six months on the particular order of President in the year 1972. Although unwilling, he continued out of respect for the President.
He was awarded the Military Cross in the year 1942, the Padma Bhushan award in the year 1968 and the Padma Vibhushan award in the year 1972.
He dies of pneumonia at the military hospital in the Wellington. No politician came to his funeral, nor was a national day of mourning was declared.
So, these are the points to describing on the Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw: 10 fascinating facts. These facts prove that the Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw was the great and first Indian Army Officer to achieved the rank. He served almost 40 years in the Indian Army.
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