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Rajinder Singh's Last Battle

The first ever Maha Vir Chakra award for free India went to a man who at the time of the action was not even part of the Indian Army.  It was Brigadier Rajinder Singh, the Commander of the Jammu and Kashmir State Forces. Major Brahma Singh recalls the circumstances leading up to Brigadier Rajinder Singh's last battle in Kashmir in 1947.

Heliborne Operations by Sylhet Gorkhas Leads to Early Surrender at Dacca

Brigadier Rattan Kaul chronicles the operations carried out by the Sylhet Gurkhas (4/5 Gorkha Rifles (Frontier Force)) during the war in 1971 and how it led to the surrender of Dacca.

Book Excerpt: Beyond NJ9842 - The Siachen Saga

Journalist Nitin Gokhale's book on the Siachen Glacier is a first of its kind - detailing the history of Operation Meghdoot - the fighting on Siachen Glacier. The Book "Beyond NJ9842" is due to be on the market in April. Bharat Rakshak provides exclusive excerpts from this forthcoming book.

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Book Review: A Sailor's Story, Vice Adml N Krishnan

A Sailor's Story, by Vice Admiral N.Krishnan. Edited by: Arjun Krishnan - Book Review by K. Chandni

INAS 311

INAS 311 was commissioned by the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Naval Command Vice Admiral Nirmal Verma on 12th May 2009 at INS Dega in Vishakapatnam.

INAS 311, commanded by Commander Sanjay Nandan, operates the Dornier 228 aircraft.

Talwar (Krivak III) Class

The Talwar class has its origins in the Severnoye (Northern) Design Bureau that developed intothe Project 1135.6 vessel using an earlier Project 1135.1 design. This back to the early 1980s. The extensive scope of redesign and re-engineering for these vessels has realised a multipurpose surface combatant of about 4,000 ton displacement (this increase being attributed to additional weapon systems and the replacement of light alloys with steel), tailored to meet the Indian Navy's specific mission and performance requirements.

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IAF goes International : Exercises with foreign air forces

Soldiering is not a profession which gives one the opportunity to learn on the job. The lessons thrown up by realistic exercises play an important role in a soldier's training for war. This article is a look at the IAF's participation in various International exercises between 1999 and 2007, and the lessons it learnt from its international exposure. 

Dakota in a Combat Zone

The official history of the No.43 Squadron carries the following tantalising tidbit . "On 6 September 1965, the squadron had its first direct encounter with the enemy. Three aircraft took off from Amritsar in the evening with for Hunter escorts when they were attacked by a formation of four Sabres and a B-57 bomber. The Hunters latched on the Sabres. The B-57 got a chance and fired at the last DAKOTA, which was still on the ground about to take off. The DAKOTA was not hit and got airborne safely." . This incident did not get told anywhere else till now - as Sqn Ldr Arunesh "Bachu" Prasad puts on record what happened that evening.

Sparrow or Moss?

Did the IAF ever use the Tu-124 Moss AWACS?  As first alleged by John Fricker in an article written on behalf of the Pakistan Air Force? Air Marshal Subhash Bhojwani sets the record straight. 

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