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1965: Stories from the Second Indo-Pak War

Rachna Bisht Rawat, Penguin India, 2015, Pbk, 190 p, b/w photos, ISBN : 9780143425373, $18.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

1965: Stories from the Second Indo-Pak War

On 1 September 1965, Pakistan invaded Chamb district in Jammu and Kashmir, thinking that a peace-oriented India would never declare all-out war.

They were wrong. The invasion triggered a twenty-on-day bloody conflict that saw one of the biggest tank battles World War II and infantry attacks where 100 percent casualty was considered acceptable.

Ultimately, the cold courage of the Indian soldier prevailed over of American weapons that Pakistan had banked on. Thais book recounts battles fought by the Indian Army over terrains ranging from Kashmir's Haji Pir Pass to the paddy and sugar cane fields of Punjab. With unprecedented access to Army records and war diaries, and extensive interviews with war survivors, Rachna Bisht Rawat brings to life the five grittiest battles of the 1965 war.

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