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Major General Ian Cardozo was commissioned at the Indian Military Academy into the 1st Battalion ... Read More

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Major General Ian Cardozo was commissioned at the Indian Military Academy into the 1st Battalion of the 5th Gorkha Rifles (Frontier Force), where he received his basic grounding as a young officer. Thereafter, he took part in the Sino-Indian war of 1962, the Indo-Pak war of 1965 and the Indo-Pak war of 1971.

Wounded in the battle of Sylhet in Bangladesh, he overcame the disability of losing a leg and became the first disabled officer of the Indian Army to be approved for command of an infantry battalion and brigade. He retired from this appointment as Chief of Staff of a corps in the north-east. On retirement, he worked in the area of disability with an NGO and as vice president of the War Wounded Foundation, before being appointed by the Government of India as chairman of the Rehabilitation Council of India, where he worked for nine years.

He has taken up writing as a hobby, and his books Param Vir, The Sinking of INS Khukri, The Bravest of the Brave: The Indian VCs of World War I, The Indian Army in World War I: 1914-18 and Lieutenant General Bilimoria: His Life and Times have been widely acclaimed. He is also working with an illustrator on graphic novels-about the courage, competence and sacrifice of the Indian soldier-of which eleven have been published so far.

'This is a unique compilation. Never have I learnt about a war through such vivid, personalized and humane stories. One comprehends not just the planning and execution of the war but most importantly the psyche and conduct of the soldiers in battlefields; their courage, dedication, honour and sacrifice. The story "And Then There Was One" left me with goosebumps. Ian Cardozo, himself wounded and decorated in this war, has produced a masterly account in this racy (like this war) and unputdownable book''A splendid anthology of wartime tales from the inspired pen of an iconic soldier and war hero who brings alive, in these pages, India's finest hour, in all its fascinating dimensions and often through the enemy's eyes. These compelling stories of sacrifice and valour of our soldiers, sailors and airmen are a "must-read" for every Indian-especially the Gen X and millennials''Ian Cardozo's collection of short stories on the 1971 war are crucial for understanding why the "two-nation theory" behind the partition of British India in 1947 was decisively rejected after the independence of Bangladesh. Written with humanism and pride in the professionalism of India's armed forces, this book highlights the importance of treasuring our soldiers' acts of valour and sacrifice, which have for more than a century provided the foundation for India's proactive role in international relations''This book is a delightful bouquet of short stories with the backdrop of the 1971 Indo-Pak war, encompassing all three defence services and both the theatres. Each story is gripping and holds one's attention from start to finish. Reading through these stories, one gets a flavour of how operations are conducted in combat and the human elements involved in them. Written in an easy style, the book is a must-read and leaves you yearning for more''The author, an iconic soldier, has skilfully put together the personal experiences of soldiers, sailors and airmen in a book that tells the stories of what really happens in war. His own first-hand experience of the wars of 1962, 1965 and 1971 makes each story come alive with the drama of life and death. The stories include views of the other side of the hill and bring out rare insights into the human side of the protagonists. The book is a complete package of true, gripping and inspiring sagas; a must-read for all well-wishers of India''Reading General Ian Cardozo's 1971 is like going on a historical walk with a guide who knows every nook and corner of the warzone, and is willing to show it all to you. He holds your hand and takes you through tales of incredible bravery, but also pain and loss, bringing you so close to his characters that you almost feel their breath upon your face. Seeped in history, peppered with fascinating anecdotes, these stories are told with great flair, sometimes making you laugh, sometimes bringing a tear to the eye. And to his credit, despite having been in the war himself, he shows you both sides of the conflict, often taking you inside the borders of Pakistan and into the minds of the decision-makers on the enemy side as well, paying odes to the courage of both armies. There would be very few people now living who know more about the 1971 war than General Cardozo; after all, he fought it himself. But for me, the most endearing quality of the book was that he wears that distinction so lightly, narrating his own stories with delightful wit and self-effacing charm. He features in a few of the narratives but walks in and out of these with such reticence that you recognize him only if you look closely enough. Often, he does not even mention himself by name. General Ian Cardozo's 1971 is a book that I shall keep at my bedside for a long time. No one else could have written it''The Indian armed forces have served the nation with honour and fidelity in numerous conflicts since Independence and before it. Their tales of valour and devotion to duty are legends. Yet these have been largely confined to the domain of the officers' mess or the unit langar or narrated around campfires in remote border outposts. These true stories-woven together by a master storyteller and one of India's most distinguished soldiers-bring to life intrepid deeds of our nation's soldiers, sailors and airmen during India's finest hour-the 1971 Indo-Pak conflict'

'1971-authored by the Hero of Heroes, General Ian Cardozo-is a
first-hand account of a war hero for whom it was always "do or die"
in the line of duty for his country. Many men can make history, but
only great men can write it. General Cardozo is one of those who can
do both. His book is about the Liberation War of Bangladesh of 1971,
the sacrifices and birth of a nation through a tidal wave of blood.
This war was fought for the cause of humanity, which makes it a just
war. His book reflects the tremendous cooperation between the Indian
forces, Mukti Bahini and the common people of Bangladesh. It reflects
the brotherhood of men at arms who chose to fight on their feet rather
than die on their knees. Let history say that they together brought to
Bangladesh the winds of freedom and justice. I had the honour to see
this brave commander being almost blown apart in the battlefield of
Mirapara near Sylhet, and I dare say that despite the severe pain he
had to endure, he refused to receive transfusion of blood of Pakistani
soldiers. To me, this book revives my memory of that day when he
bled almost to death under the shadow of the sword. These stories
appear to me more of a ballad of blood and sacrifice than a record
of history. His blood has mingled with the muddy soil of Bangladesh,
and victory was achieved by sacrifices such as his. The author has
told us tales few can tell. As such, his indomitable spirit is reflected
in his writings in this book'

'Breath-holding suspense and drama of a race against time galvanize
the epic sweep of action over land, seas and skies in Ian Cardozo's
wartime stories. The psychological depth of his deft, finely nuanced
character delineation and his vigilant eye for situational ironies
and philosophical inferences are striking. The stories highlight the
remarkable leadership, ingenuity and exemplary heroism of our
troops in the face of heavy odds and casualties suffered during a
thirteen-day war that effectively stopped a barbaric genocide in India's
neighborhood'

'General Cardozo has done yeoman service by compiling this labour of love that describes important episodes of the Indian Army in the 1971 India-Pakistan war where our soldiers and officers proved their tenacity in battles and found innovative ways (jugaads, as we call them) for overcoming both physical and mental obstacles and succeeding. The book is much more than history; it is about the actions of gallant officers and men of the Indian Army; their indomitable spirit; their unmatched bravery; and above all their sacrifices for the nation, which in many cases snatched victory from near-hopeless situations. There could not be a better author to compile and pen these heart-warming stories than General Cardozo, who not only fought in many battles but also was disabled, losing a leg in one of the fiercest battles of the 1971 War. This engrossing book is for the youth of the nation, nay, for all citizens, as well as for rekindling the interest of all who wear military uniforms or have donned them in the past'

Product Details

Title: 1971
Author: Ian Cardozo
SKU: BK0441719
EAN: 9780143454557
Language: English
Binding: Paperback

About Author

Major General Ian Cardozo was commissioned at the Indian Military Academy into the 1st Battalion of the 5th Gorkha Rifles (Frontier Force), where he received his basic grounding as a young officer. Thereafter, he took part in the Sino-Indian war of 1962, the Indo-Pak war of 1965 and the Indo-Pak war of 1971.

Wounded in the battle of Sylhet in Bangladesh, he overcame the disability of losing a leg and became the first disabled officer of the Indian Army to be approved for command of an infantry battalion and brigade. He retired from this appointment as Chief of Staff of a corps in the north-east. On retirement, he worked in the area of disability with an NGO and as vice president of the War Wounded Foundation, before being appointed by the Government of India as chairman of the Rehabilitation Council of India, where he worked for nine years.

He has taken up writing as a hobby, and his books Param Vir, The Sinking of INS Khukri, The Bravest of the Brave: The Indian VCs of World War I, The Indian Army in World War I: 1914-18 and Lieutenant General Bilimoria: His Life and Times have been widely acclaimed. He is also working with an illustrator on graphic novels-about the courage, competence and sacrifice of the Indian soldier-of which eleven have been published so far.

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