Only two months
after India attained independence, the State of Jammu & Kashmir was invaded by
tribal hordes followed by a regular military invasion. Military operations in
this theatre lasted for over one year and ended with a ceasefire in January
1949. These operations have had a long hangover, affecting pease on the Indian
subcontinent for the last four decades, during which period this State has been
the scene of short and sharp military conflicts in 1965 and 1971.
This is the first
ever authentic account published covering the entire military compaign in Kashmir
from 1947 to 1949, written by an officer closely connected with these
operations. This narrative has been blended with personal reminiscences and
written in a very readable form for the general public. Apart from the gripping
narrative of the operations, the author has also provided a good insight into
the peculiar problems of operating at high altitude.
“ We commend the book for every library in India and military libraries abroad and for the shelf of every book-loving military and civil officer.” —Sainik Samachar
“A work which provides an authentic insight into that period of crisis.” —The Stateman
“ It is beautifully written with a little humour which always improves a book so…. This book is a classic and I hope will be extensively read by all who aspire to leadership in the Indian Army." —Lt. General Sir Dudley Russell KBE. CB. DSO, MC
“A graphic description in a rendable form of the battles fought by our gallant officers and men over that very difficult terrain and such trying climatic conditions. … I hope every officer and every military library in our country will have a copy of this excellent book.” —Field Marshal K. M. Cariappa.
Maj. Gen. S.K. Sinha
Born in 1926, Lt General S.K. Sinha graduated with Honours from Patna University in 1943 and was commissioned in the Jat Regiment in 1944. After Independence, he was transferred to 5th Gorkha Rifles (FF), of which he was the Colonel. During his long service in the Army, he held key command staff and instructional appointments at different levels. He was awarded the PVSM in 1973. He was Adjutant General at Army Headquarters, GOC-in-C Western Command, and retired as Vice-Chief of Army Staff in 1983.
Lt General Sinha was the General Staff Officer (Operations) of Western Command throughout the Kashmir War of 1947-49. In that capacity, he served under three successive Army Commanders in command of this theatre ï¿½ Lt General Sir Dudley Russell, Lt General K.M. Cariappa and Lt General S.M. Shrinagesh. His association with this campaign started on the 27th of October 1947 when he was put in charge of the dramatic despatch of troops by air to Srinagar, and continued till 1949, when he was the Secretary of the Indian delegation to United Nationï¿½s Conference at Karachi, at which an agreed ceasefire line was drawn between India and Pakistan.
He has been a regular writer in Service journals on different military subjects. He is also the author of the book
Of Matters Military, a collection of sixteen essays on topics connected with military