By Rachna Bisht Rawat
On 1 September 1965, Pakistan invaded Chamb district in Jammu and Kashmir, triggering a sequence of tank battles, operations and counter-operations. It was once purely the bravery and well-executed strategic judgements of the warriors of the Indian military that countered the very actual chance of wasting Kashmir to Pakistan. Recounting the battles fought by way of 5 diverse regiments, the narrative reconstructs the occasions of the 1965 Indo-Pakistan struggle, outlining info by no means printed sooner than, and recollects its unsung heroes.
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1965: Stories from the Second Indo-Pakistan War by Rachna Bisht Rawat