India remembers Sam Manekshaw on his 110th birth anniversary

Manekshaw, celebrated for his pivotal role in India’s historic victory in the 1971 Indo-Pak War leading to the birth of Bangladesh, continues to be a source of inspiration for many.
Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw
Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw

New Delhi: The Indian Army today paid homage to Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, affectionately known as ‘Sam Bahadur’, on the occasion of his 110th birth anniversary.

Manekshaw, celebrated for his pivotal role in India’s historic victory in the 1971 Indo-Pak War leading to the birth of Bangladesh, continues to be a source of inspiration for many.

The Indian Army commemorated the legendary figure on its official social media platforms, acknowledging him as the 8th Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and the first Field Marshal of the Indian Army.

Born on April 3, 1914, in Amritsar, Punjab, Sam Manekshaw began his illustrious military journey at the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun. Joining the British Indian Army in 1932, he served with valour during World War II. His exceptional leadership and bravery earned him the Military Cross during the war.

In April 1971, as India’s Army Chief, Sam Manekshaw showed his wisdom by resisting pressure to rush into war with Pakistan. Despite cabinet insistence, he waited until December to launch the assault, leading to victory and the birth of Bangladesh.

Sam Manekshaw’s bravery made him a national icon. He received the Padma Vibhushan in recognition of his achievements and was promoted to Field Marshal in 1973, the first Indian army officer to reach that rank.

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