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On 12 Dec #IndianArmy captured Hardinge Bridge, Khetlal & Madhupur. Narsingdi built up as base for capture of Dacca. Adhoc forces set sail from Calcutta to Chittagong area .
On 14 Dec meeting by the Governor of E Pak at his residence attacked by @IAF_MCC; Mr Malik resigned. #IndianArmy captured Bogra, Sylhet Rly Stn, Pubail & Rupganj.
'You surrender or We wipe you out' was the message given by Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw to Pakistan on 13th December 1971
We salute the indomitable #courage of #IndianArmy which led to mass military surrender of 93000 #PakArmy soldiers
04 Dec saw Indian Army launch multi pronged offensive & captured four major towns
On 06 Dec Indian Army continues its advance in East Pak; captured Durgabarkati & Madafarganj. Intense fighting in all sectors
On 09 Dec Indian Army continued advance to Khulna & Khushtia. Maulvi Bazar, Chandpur, Laksham & Daudkhandi captured
Tank trawlers undertaking minefield clearance whie advancing to Jessore- ‘Bash on Regardless’
130 mm Mediun guns being rushed across the Khalispur kruppmann bridge constructed by 58 Engineer Regiment
No obstacle could stop the advance of the Indian troops in East Pakistan
33 Corps Advanced from Kishanganj to Capture Bogra and threaten Dhaka from the North West.
Petya class #AntiSubmarine vessels
A submarine rescue vessel
1970-71, Missile boat
INS Mysore Ships Motto ‘Na bibheti kadachana’ (never be afraid)
On 09/10 Dec 1971, Beas intercepted 'Anwar Baksh' a Pakistani merchant ship masquerading as "MV Azul Hasan Maru"
Aerial Attack 04 December
Damaged caused to Pakistani Installations during the war by Indian Navy bombardment
MV Ondarda Merchant Ship Sunk
Fuel Dumps at Chittagong
Night photo of Karachi Harbour
INS Vikrant Anchored at sea
An alize anti submarine warfare aircraft of the Indian Navy with its array of armaments.
#DidYouKnow While hostilities between India & Pakistan broke out on #03Dec1971, Pak Submarine Ghazi was on the prowl on the Eastern coast of India since end Nov 1971, In fact, 27 Nov 1971 onwards PNS Ghazi hung around 5 - 10 miles off #Vizag harbour entrance, armed with torpedoes & mines waiting for the Vikrant.
Admiral SM Nanda, the then Chief of the Naval Staff. Under his leadership the Indian Navy adopted a decisively aggressive posture. #IndianNavy of 1971 was clearly very different from its previous avatars
Flt Lt RA Massey, Flt Lt MA Ganapathy & Fg Offr D Lazarus were awarded #VirChakra for their role in the air battle. Photo courtesy: 22 Sqn photo album.
In 1971 War, IAF Gnats intercepted PAF Sabres over Boyra.
The Eastern Front Hunters of No. 37 Sqn
The CO of 32 Sqn landed his battle damaged Su-7 which today sits proudly at the IAF museum.
In 1071 War, An-12, Packet & Dakota aircraft of #IAF flew 2386 hrs, lifted some 3700 passengers & 1034 tonnes of load
The Eastern Front On 04 Dec 71, IAF flew 109 counter-air missions, one of the targets being Kurmitola airfield.
No. 16 Sqn bombing Tezgaon & Kurmitola airfields preceded by the Alouette & Otter aircraft of Kilo Flight successfully attacking oil dumps at Narayangarh & Chittagong.
two DGCA airfields at Panagarh and DumDum were activated in Nov 71 with No. 22 & 221 Squadrons
The #IAF aircraft inventory in 1971
On 04 Dec, Hunters struck Kiamari oil installation at Karachi
The Eastern Front Hunters of No. 37 Sqn flew crucial reconnaissance missions prior to and during the war, providing vital intelligence of enemy airfields in the East.
The historic battle of Longewala had commenced with #IAF fighters flying missions to take out enemy tanks.
MiG 21s of No.28 Sqn & No.4 Sqn carried out bombing attacks on Kurmitola and Tezgaon airfields
Four Hunters of No. 20 Squadron struck the Attock Oil Refinery near Rawalpindi at 0741hrs on 06 Dec.
On 07 Dec, in over 36 hrs, 584 troops along with 12,500kg of load were heli-lifted by twelve Mi-4s
Su-7s of No.32 Sqn flew reconnaissance missions on 07 Dec over Chaklala, Chander & Risalwala airfields paving the way for subsequent attacks
On 08 Dec, Caribous of No.33 Sqn undertook night bombing missions over Tezgaon. The Ordnance factory at Joydebpur was targeted by Canberras
Bhuj runway was attacked by enemy aircraft on the night of 08 Dec 71, District Collector of Bhuj facilitated volunteers from Madhapar village to work alongside IAF personnel to recover the runway.
Tangail Airborne Assault On 11 Dec, a fleet of six An-12s, 20 Packets & 22 Dakotas paradropped a battalion group of 800 personnel & equipments.
Eastern Front, IAF Canberras, Gnats & Hunters destroying/damaging approx 100 vessels in Narayanganj, Khulna & Sirajganj area.
On 08 Dec four Hunters of No.20 Sqn raid Murid airfield destroying enemy fighters and transport aircraft on ground.
The First PVC for IAF, Fg Offr Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon of No.18 Sqn.
The Western Front Photo reconnaissance missions during the war were carried out simultaneously with counter-air missions Skip to toolbar
HF-24 aircraft of 10 Sqn attacked MirpurKhas railway marshalling yard damaging 40-50 wagons
The Indo-Pak war of 1971 was diligently recorded in diaries and photo albums
MiGs and Hunters of 28 Sqn, 04 Sqn & 37 Sqn struck the Government House Dhaka
On 15 Dec, forty sorties of MiGs & Hunters were flown to target enemy troops occupying the Dacca University campus, with no collateral damage caused to any of the buildings or structures outside the target area.
behind enemy lines, Ganganagar-Fazilka sector, saw attacks on a large number of trains carrying tanks, ammunition, POL etc.
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