Sam Manekshaw’s Death Anniversary 2023

Today is the 15th death anniversary of Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw. He served as a Field Marshal, holding the distinction of being the first Indian to achieve this rank. Notably, he served as the Chief of the Army Staff during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, which led to the formation of Bangladesh. Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw was renowned for his exceptional leadership skills and strategic acumen, making a significant impact during his tenure in the military. His death anniversary serves as a reminder of his remarkable contributions to the Indian Army and his enduring legacy.

About Sam Manekshaw

  • Full name: Sam Hormusji Framji Jamshedji Manekshaw
  • Rank: Field Marshal (first Indian to be promoted to this rank)
  • Manekshaw was born in Amritsar, Punjab, in 1914.
  • He joined the British Indian Army in 1932 and served in World War II. After the war, he continued to serve in the Indian Army and rose through the ranks.
  • He was appointed Chief of the Army Staff in 1969.
  • As Chief of the Army Staff, Manekshaw was responsible for planning and executing the Indian Army’s campaign in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. The war was a decisive victory for India, and Manekshaw was widely credited with the success of the Indian Army.
  • Manekshaw retired from the Indian Army in 1973.
  • Awards and decorations: Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, Military Cross
  • He died in 2008 at the age of 94.
  • He is considered one of the greatest military leaders in Indian history.

On his death anniversary, many people in India pay tribute to Manekshaw. There are often wreath-laying ceremonies at his tomb in Ooty, Tamil Nadu.

Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw – FAQs

What is the Field Marshal rank?

The Field Marshal rank is the highest attainable rank in the Indian Army. It is a five-star rank, equivalent to an Admiral of the Fleet in the Indian Navy or a Marshal of the Royal Air Force in the Royal Air Force (RAF).

How many Field Marshals have there been in India?

There have been only two Field Marshals in India. The first was Sam Manekshaw, who was appointed in 1973. The second was K. M. Cariappa, who was appointed in 1986.

What are the insignia of a Field Marshal?

The insignia of a Field Marshal in India is a baton and a wreath. The baton is made of gold and the wreath is made of lotus flowers.


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