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Charles DeGaule could not respond!

Charles DeGaule could not respond!

JFK'S Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 60's when Charles DeGaule, the French President, decided to pull out of NATO. DeGaule said he wanted all US military out of France as soon as possible. Rusk responded "does that include the 180,000 who are buried here ?" DeGaule could not respond.

Manekshaw in Gujrat

Manekshaw in Gujrat

Field Marshal Sam Bahadur Maneckshaw once started addressing a public meeting at Ahmedabad in English. The crowd started chanting, "Speak in Gujarati. We will hear you only if you speak in Gujarati." Field Marshal Sam Bahadur Maneckshaw stopped. Swept the audience with a hard stare and replied, "Friends, I have fought many a battle in my long career. I have learned Punjabi from men of the Sikh Regiment; Marathi from the Maratha Regiment; Tamil from the men of the Madras Sappers; Bengali from the men of the Bengal Sappers, Hindi from the Bihar Regiment; and even Nepali from the Gurkha Regiment. Unfortunately there was no soldier from Gujarat from whom I could have learned Gujarati."

An equidistant map of the world

An equidistant map of the world

An equidistant map of the world centered on Delhi. Showing true bearings and distance from Delhi. Scale 1 : 45 5 00 000, Projection: Lambert Azimuthal Equidistant (Oblique Aspect), Origin: Delhi, Latitude 28°35’N, Longitude 77°13’E. Read off the value on the graduated circle to get the true bearing to the nearest degree, of well known places radially from Delhi. Examples: True bearings from Delhi to San Francisco, Tokyo, Cape Town and Moscow are 015°, 065°, 226°, and 325°, respectively. Excerpted from: Transition to Guardianship: The Indian Navy 1991-2000

Siachen: The Highest Battlefield

Siachen: The Highest Battlefield

Indian Defence Review salutes each and every Indian Soldier, alive, or who died fighting and winning against Pakistan, at the Siachen - the world's highest battlefield. The recent proposal by Pakistan, to make 'Siachen', into a 'No Man Zone' should never be considered. It would be an Insult, and a mockery of the Indian Men in Arms.

The NDA Dining Hall

The NDA Dining Hall

At the entrance of the Dining Hall of National Defence Academy Khadakwasla, there is a table set for one, with the chair tilted forward. This table is set for the Armed Forces Personnel who are Prisoners of War and forgotten, in the hope that they will return one day.

The 61 Cavalry

The 61 Cavalry

Only serving mounted Cavalry Regiment in the world. Regiment has 3 squadrons – each of Jat, Rajput & Khem Khani Muslims. Unit was all set to disband after independence, but Pandit Nehru wanted to keep a piece of history alive within the Army – hence the 61 Cavalry was retained.

Grad BM-21

Grad BM-21

Caught in flight! A Grad BM-21 rocket on its way to its target.

Polo Vista : Pune

Polo Vista : Pune

Pune, one of the oldest cantonments, was established in 1818. The landmark bungalow ‘Polo Vista’ at 22 Queen’s Garden overlooking the polo grounds, is the Army Commander’s residence. Built between 1886 and 1889 on three and a half acres, it was initially numbered as 12 Queen’s Garden. The Bungalow was constructed by Ramchandra Naik and was first hired out in 1889 to Major General Pottinger. In 1928, it was purchased by the Indian Military Department for a princely sum Rupees 74,408 and renumbered as 22 Queen’s Garden. It has been the residence of the General Office Commanding-in-Chief since 1917, the longest for any appointment house in India. The Command House has a driveway around the circular front lawn. With flooring of Burma teak, the ground floor has the drawing room, the dining room and a pantry. The three other rooms are used as the study and residence of the ADC. On the first floor are the study, the master bedroom and guest rooms. This House has seen 38 Army Commanders, 12 British and 28 Indian. Today, its old world charm and ambience are reminiscent of an era gone by.

1971: Pakistan surrenders

1971: Pakistan surrenders

Pakistani troops lay down their weapons.

Dare Devils

Dare Devils

Dare Devils during the demonstration to the team from Guinness World Records - 251 men on 11 Motor Cycles covering a distance of 240 meters on 11 June 2008.

Rajputana Rifles in Tunisia, 1943

Rajputana Rifles in Tunisia, 1943

Machine Gun Battalion of the Rajputana Rifles in action in Tunisia, 1943. In the Second World War, the battalions of the Regiment has convincingly defeated seemingly invincible German and the Japanese, in all the trials of the combat, in every single theatre of the war. In the process, they had claimed as many as fifty battle honours and the officers and men of the Regiment had decorated with two VCs and well over a hundred other gallantry awards.

Firing practice on moving targets

Firing practice on moving targets

The Infantry School, Mhow (MP), is the repository of Infantry’s tactical doctrines, drills, procedures and standards of skills at arms. The School is systematically grooming the Junior Leaders to enable them to handle various combat situations in a professional manner.

Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru at Zojila

Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru at Zojila

Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru being shown Zojila by Lieutenant Colonel Sukhdev Singh, Commanding Officer 1st Patiala

The Saviour of the Valley

The Saviour of the Valley

When Pakistan invaded J&K in 1947, the hopelessly out numbered State Forces were stretched to the limit. Just six battalions were then guarding a state that is now defended by over three Corps. A critical situation developed on 22 October 1947, when the raiders broke through at Domel and the road to Srinagar lay wide open. Brig Rajinder Singh was the Chief of Staff of the J&K State Forces. There were no reserves left. He personally gathered a company column from Srinagar and sallied forth to stop the invaders. He fought a gallant and fierce rearguard action. Ultimately he succeeded in blowing up the vital Uri Bridge. He was killed in the fighting but managed to gain the critical 48 hours in which the Indian Army was able to fly in and save the Valley. Brig Rajinder Singh is thus the true savior of Kashmir. He was posthumously awarded the first Maha Vir Chakra of Independent India.

MARCOS, Indian Navy

MARCOS, Indian Navy

MARCOS (previously named as Marine Commando Force (MCF) is an elite special operations unit of the Indian Navy. Like the US Navy Seals, the Indian Marcos are especially trained to execute covert operations. MARCOS" is short for "Marine Commandos". Today in world ranking of elite forces in top ten Indian Marcos rank seventh.

The Invincible Infantryman int Siachen

The Invincible Infantryman in Siachen

The Invincible Infantryman guarding the most difficult terrain - Siachen.

3/9 GR: Dussehra Celebrations

3/9 GR: Dussehra Celebrations

Dassain or Dussehra is the most important festival celebrated by the Regiments. It is a ten-day celebration in honour of the Goddess Shakti, Maa Durga. The climax of the festivalis the ceremonial decapitation (sacrifice) of goats and buffalo. The sacrifice of a buffalo is done not with the Khukri but with a much larger weapon called a ‘Khora’, somewhat like a Japanese samurai sword. The sacrifice has to be a clean cut in one stroke or else it is taken as a bad omen for the entire ensuring year. That is why, a skilled person is chosen who, so as to conserve and focus his energies during the ceremonies, fasts and leads an austere and celibate lifestyle for a number of days before the rites are to be performed The Commanding Officer honours this man by typing a Pagri (Turban) on his head as a mark of respect and responsibility for the Paltan’s honour. The festival ends with elaborate traditional theatrical plays and dances that often last late into the night.

Capture of Quaid-e-Azam Post

Capture of Quaid-e-Azam Post

Naib Subedar Bana Singh volunteered to be a member of a task force constituted in June 1987 to clear an intrusion by an adversary in the Siachen Glacier area at an altitude of 21,000 feet. The post was virtually an impregnable glacier fortress with ice walls, 1500 feet high, on both sides. Naib Subedar Bana Singh led his men through an extremely difficult and hazardous route. He inspired them by his indomitable courage and leadership. The brave Naib Subedar and his men crawled and closed in on the adversary. Moving from trench to trench, lobbing hand grenades, and charging with the bayonet, he cleared the post all intruders. Nb Subedar Bana Singh displayed the most conspicuous gallantry and leadership under the most adverse conditions.

Portuguese troops surrender

Portuguese troops surrender

Lieutenant Colonel Sucha Singh, VrC, MC, Commanding Officer 1 Para, accepting surrender of Portuguese troops.

Fighting the Terrorist in J&K

Fighting the Terrorist in J&K

Cornered! A terrorist holed up in a house in Doda District.