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Remembering India’s first ever Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw

New Delhi, June 27, 2017: India’s most illustrious military personnel Sam Hormusji Framji Jamshedji Manekshaw, also known as Sam Bahadur had the most noteworthy military career that spanned for over four decades, which included five major wars, beginning with the British Indian Army during World War II.

Updated:Tuesday, June 27, 2017, 04:46

Remembering India’s first ever Field Marshal Sam ManekshawNew Delhi, June 27, 2017: India’s most illustrious military personnel Sam Hormusji Framji Jamshedji Manekshaw, also known as Sam Bahadur had the most noteworthy military career that spanned for over four decades, which included five major wars, beginning with the British Indian Army during World War II.

Under his courageous leadership India exterminate Pakistan forces in India-Pak war of 1971, which led to emancipation of Bangladesh in just 13 days, which subsequently earned him the highest rank of field marshal.

Born on 3 April, 1914 to Parsi parents, Hormusji Manekshaw and Heerabai, in Amritsar Punjab, he wanted to study medicine and become a doctor, so he requested his father to send him to London so that he could study medicine.

But his father refused as he thought he was too young to live alone in a foreign land. So, as a rebellion Sam gave Indian Military Academy (IMA) entrance exam and joined Indian Army in 1932.

Manekshaw’s first major military campaign was in World War II when he served as a captain with the 4/12 Frontier Force Regiment in Burma in 1942. During the battle for Sittang Bridge, Sam Bahadur inspired his troops to victory against the Japanese.

He led the war from the front. He was shot nine times, he was clinging to his life but he kept on encouraging his soldiers to fight.

When the Divisional Commander, Sir Cowans, saw this, the General rushed to the battle site, took off his own Military Cross and pinned it on Sam’s chest anointing him with the gallantry medal, which is awarded to the living.

‘A dead person cannot be awarded a Military Cross.’ But luck was on the Captain’s side and he survived to wear the prestigious cross and to become one of India’s most popular Army Chiefs.

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