A new book, ‘The Epic Battle of Longewala’, written by Air Marshal Bharat Kumar (retd) after intensive analysis, contends it was really airpower that decisively gained the battle towards Pakistan’s main armoured thrust on the Rajasthan border outpost on December 5-6, 1971.
A pressure of simply six Hunter ground-attack jets primarily based on the Jaisalmer airbase “destroyed or broken over 40 Pakistani tanks” in assaults, making the remainder of the tanks in addition to the Pakistani infantry scurry again throughout the desert. Releasing the guide on Thursday to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the 1971 struggle, IAF chief Air Chief Marshal R Okay S Bhadauria stated the “audacious” and “good”.
Pakistan plan to launch the thrust alongside the “surprising” Longewala Jaisalmer axis may have modified the course of the struggle. Pakistan, nevertheless, forgot to consider IAF’s means to strike. “Airpower can carry uneven outcomes if the time and place are chosen accurately,” he stated, endorsing the “detailed and correct account” of the battle within the guide.
Chandpuri, by the way, was embellished with the nation’s second-highest wartime gallantry medal, the Maha Vir Chakra, for the way in which he and his firm of Punjab Regiment troopers bravely held their submit regardless of repeated Pakistani assaults until the Hunters may arrive on their bombing missions. He later turned a brigadier and handed away in 2018.
The guide, nevertheless, contends the J P Dutta-directed movie erroneously depicts that the battle was “single-handedly” gained by the Military firm towards all odds, with the IAF taking part in solely a peripheral position within the defeat of the attackers. Within the movie, Chandpuri’s position was performed by Sunny Deol.
“Whereas one doesn’t need to belittle the brave position performed by the Military personnel who confronted the enemy at Longewala, it have to be emphasised that the battle was not fought the way in which it has been depicted within the movie,” it says. The assault by Pakistani forces had reached Longewala at about first gentle on December 5 and determined to neutralise the Military submit there.
“By this time, the primary pair of Hunters loaded with T-10 rockets and 30mm Aden weapons had been already airborne from Jaisalmer,” writes ACM Bhadauri within the guide’s foreword. “Thereafter, there was no respite for the Pakistanis as wave after wave of Hunters decimated the enemy armour,” he provides.