This story will represent the badass action of Indian Paratroopers and tricks of Indians that forces the Pakistani’s toward defeat, you might be expecting a normal write up on an event of an airdrop in a war operation but it is not like that here i will try to give you an idea about the how this particular scenario changed the fate of war and India got decisive victory over Pakistan with some records,
– Indian succeeded to end the war in just 13 days and made the war one of the shortest war in the history where all the services of armed forces was include of both the nation.
– First ever time an aircraft was used in the war by Indian Navy when INS Vikrant and its sea hawks bombed the shit out of Pakistani defence.
– India managed to force Pakistan to surrender their troops and that surrender become the world largest surrender ever done, 93000 soldiers hell yeah.
– US and USSR came face to face in this war.
– Indian destroyer sunk the Pakistani submarine PNS Ghazi.
Apart from the thing to think upon is, what are those factor which force Pakistani’s to surrender at this massive level whole eastern command of Pakistan surrendered on 16 December and Indians had created a new nation, Why a strong force driven by ethics of warriors surrendered in just 13 days the answer can be found in the chain of historic events which made this momentous moment and showed the world who is the father here.
Its all started when Indian Army planned to drop 2 parachute brigade they were tasked to hold the bridge on Turag River and stop enemy reinforcements from falling back on Dacca, on the night of December 12, 1971 paras were airdropped by An-12, C-119s, 2 Caribous and Dakotas from 11 sqn and 48 Sqn, the drop was gonna took place at night but due to several request of Air Force it was rescheduled at 1600 hours, the paratroopers landed at 1630 hours deep inside Pakistan and they were surprisingly welcomed by the local villagers, villagers also helped the Indian paratroopers to carry their loads and ammunition here the situation become weird because 93 Brigade of Pakistani Army has seen the drop and the Pakistani commander order one of his company to look out the paratroopers, when the Pakistani officers interrogate the villagers the villagers told them they were Chinese troops the company commander reported the same to the brigade commander but the brigade commander war wise enough to understand that Chinese and Americans cant come here without any notice, though the news of Chinese paratrooper cheered the group but soon commander shared the situation with his troops now he had two options, to engage the paratroopers or proceed to Kaliakair as ordered. He chose the latter option. Unfortunately for him, one of the vehicles of his column was blown up a few kilometres south of Tangail on a mine laid by the Mukti Bahini. Some shots were also fired. The brigade commander panicked thinking the Indians had put up a roadblock. He and the troops accompanying him abandoned their vehicles, split into small groups and set out on foot for Kaliakair, feel the fear of Pakistanis.
December 11, 1971 Directorate of Public Relation
The public relation officer rushed towards DGMO office, DGMO Major General Inder Gill informed about the para drop of 2 para and ordered that event should get proper publicity, PR officer contacted Chief Public Relations Officer of the Eastern Command, Colonel B.P. Rikhye, to ensure maximum press coverage at his end but he got disappointed on the morning of December 12, when he told the PR officer that he could not arrange for the pictures as the paradrop originated from a place where he had no access.
The PR officer took out photographs of the brigade from the defense photo section and dug out the photograph printed and released in Delhi of the Agra even he printed the photographs with caption of 2 para brigade dropped deep inside eastern Pakistan, the picture of the paradrop was published on the front pages of the newspapers all over the world, including leading newspapers in the United Kingdom like the Times, London, and the New York Times in the United States.
The huge publicity event attract the attention of Lt. General A.A. K Niazi during the time when Indian Army was swinging the surrender campaign in full speed papers with pics and message for surrender were airdropped in enemy camps, All India Radio was broadcasting the message on it and several low frequency channel in West Bengal were also broadcasting the same message of surrender in which General of Indian army (later Field Marshal) SMFMJ Manekshaw assured the enemy troops in urdu that “You are living in hostile territory among a population who hate you. You are surrounded. The Pakistani Air Force in the East has been grounded and no reinforcements are possible. The ports are under the control of the Indian Navy. I give you an assurance with full authority as the General of the Indian Army that if you surrender you will be looked after honourably and I will ensure that you will be able to return to your families safely”.
After the these games of deception backed with unmatchable bravery finally the eastern command of Pakistan surrendered in front of Indian Army making up the eyebrows of world powers, after few days of signing the Instrument of surrender someone asked general Niazi about the reason of the surrender he pointed his finger towards a copy of The Times of London which was on his table which carried a photograph of the airdrop of the troops of the Indian Para Brigade.