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.
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