About Post
Title :
Field Marshal Manekshaw Birth Anniversary
Objective :
To let the people know about the great Indian Army General; the first Field Marshal Manekshaw and his achievements.
Colour Scheme :
Dark Green; the colour of Army, in general.
Focus I :
The Tricolour (Tiranga) in background, the profile pic of Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw.
Focus II :
The Badge for "Field Marshal, the highest rank of Indian Army and the motivating quote by Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw.
Misc. :
In the history of Indian Army only two officers have been awarded with the rank of Filed Marshal; Sam Maneksaw was the first one.
Date :
3rd April
Related to :
Birthday of Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw.
Connect Date :
03 April 1914
Connect Place :
Amritsar, Punjab, India.
Special 1:
Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, arguably India’s greatest general, would have turned 105 today. A quintessential soldier who would go on to serve as the Chief of the Army Staff, he is best remembered as the man who masterminded India’s victory in the Indo-Pakistan war of 1971 – that led to the liberation of Bangladesh.
Special 2:
The first Indian army officer to be promoted to the highest military rank of Field Marshal, Manekshaw travelled the world, led the Indian Army and fought in five different wars. In the end, he settled down in the serene Nilgiri town of Coonoor with his wife Siloo.
More Info :
Talking of his courage in standing up to the polity, its impossible to forget his ‘audacity’ in looking straight into the eyes of an all-powerful prime minister (Indira Gandhi) and steadfastly refusing to follow her orders of launching immediate military operations against East Pakistan. Pointing out that it would be premature and inopportune, he also told her in no uncertain terms that if she did not agree, she could appoint a different general.
Such a forthright response is perhaps unthinkable today.
Sadly, it was this outspoken behaviour that led to Manekshaw not being accorded the benefits and status due to a Field Marshal for much of his life. In fact, when he died, none of the three Service Chiefs attended the funeral to pay their last respects. Nor did the then Prime Minister or the Defence Minister.
Courtesy: YouTube