The Indian Army observes 12th death anniversary Field Marshal Sam Hormusji Framji Jamshedji Manekshaw, one of the greatest military officer of the country. Field Marshal Manekshaw was the eighth chief of the Indian Army. He died on June 27, 2008, at the age of 94. Field Marshal Manekshaw was the chief architect of India’s 1971 victory against Pakistan.
Sam Manekshaw was born in Amritsar in a Parsi family on April 3, 1914, to Hormizd Manekshaw and Hilla Mehta, and did his schooling from Sherwood College, Nainital. Manekshaw joined the first intake of the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun in 1932. He was commissioned into the British Indian Army as the Second Lieutenant in Gorkha Regiment in 1934. He was first attached to to the 2nd Battalion The Royal Scots and later moved to 12th Frontier Force Regiment.
Here Are Interesting Facts About Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw:
- Sam Manekshaw’s military carrier spanned four decades.
- He fought four wars – World War –II, 1948 Kashmir War Against Pakistan and Afghan tribals, 1962 Indo-Sino war, 1951 and 1971 Indo-Pak wars.
- Along with Manekshaw, Smith Dun and Muhammad Musa Khan, future commanders-in-chief of Burma and Pakistan were also part of the first batch of cadets, called “The Pioneers”.