Eagles Over Bangladesh book. Read 7 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. In December Bangladesh was born. Its birthing was among. Eagles Over Bangladesh by P. V. S. Jagan, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. This evening, Jagan Pillarisetti and will be speaking at the New York Military Affairs Symposium on 'Indian Air Force Operations in the Liberation War.
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Eagles Over Bangladesh. The Indian Air Force in the Liberation war. P.V.S. Jagan / Samir Chopra No Comments | Write. Get Instant Access to PDF File: #bfc Eagles Over Bangladesh: The Indian Air Force In The Liberation War By P V S. Eagles Over Bangladesh: The Indian Air Force in the Liberation War Paperback – 23 Dec A significant factor in facilitating the Indian Army's rapid progress to Dacca was the Indian Air Force (IAF) which proved itself to be a formidable fighting force.
Since I lived through the liberation of Bangladesh, working alongside members of the IAF at that time, I thought it may be interesting to know I am generally not enamored by military history, mainly due to doubts about the veracity of the content and also due to its penchant for jingoism. Since I lived through the liberation of Bangladesh, working alongside members of the IAF at that time, I thought it may be interesting to know all the real facts about the events. Still, there are aspects about the war which I found to be of much interest in the book. One of the things that stands out in the narrative is its portrayal of the professionalism, chivalry and dignity of both the IAF and PAF airmen. To his surprise, he receives a reply thanking him for his wishes and complimenting the IAF pilots for the plucky fight shown by them on that occasion. The authors also record that at the end of the war, contrary to reports, most senior-ranking Pak Army officers, Brigadier and above, chose not to escape and abandon junior officers.
Since I lived through the liberation of Bangladesh, working alongside members of the IAF at that time, I thought it may be interesting to know all the real facts about the events. As I finished the book, I felt that its day-by-day recounting of the IAF's activities would be of great interest mainly to military and aviation enthusiasts and other strategic thinkers and planners but not so much to a layman like me.
Still, there are aspects about the war which I found to be of much interest in the book. One of the things that stands out in the narrative is its portrayal of the professionalism, chivalry and dignity of both the IAF and PAF airmen. To his surprise, he receives a reply thanking him for his wishes and complimenting the IAF pilots for the plucky fight shown by them on that occasion.
The authors also record that at the end of the war, contrary to reports, most senior-ranking Pak Army officers, Brigadier and above, chose not to escape and abandon junior officers. Only one Major-General does otherwise. In contrast, the civilian higher-ups in the East Pakistan administration do not show such character.
The authors' research also throws light on the Karwan Bazaar bombing on Dec 8, Unfortunately, Flt Lt Naval Singh's bombs fall way off on an Islamic orphanage killing orphans by mistake. But they seemed to have lost the propaganda war because neither the US Consulate General nor the UN representative were convinced that it was the IAF, instead believing that it was a heinous act done by the PAF to get propaganda value against India!
It shows how the atrocities of the Pak army in East Pakistan had lost them all credibility even with their best ally, the US, at that time. There are also stories of great courage and generosity by the Bangla villagers in protecting IAF pilots who had to eject inside East Pakistan during the war. Ldr Mehra's plane gets shot down and he ejects in a village in East Pakistan.
As the villagers save him, the Pak army advances on the village and ransacks the whole place, burning it down.
But no one in the village gives up Mehra. They flee, but hide Mehra near the river bank under water giving him a pipe to use for breathing. Mehra stays for many hours under water and the villagers come back after dark to rescue him and take him to safety. Another tribute comes from Group Captain Mally Woollen of the IAF who marvels at the discipline of Dacca's residents as there was no looting, chaos or price gouging at the end of the war.
Often in India, the media and the public do not give enough credit to our armed forces, intelligence units and the political leadership for some of their good work. During the war against Pakistan, the Indian Prime minister Shastri announces that India was not at war with the people of East Pakistan and decides against invading East Pakistan.
These actions were intended to win over Bengalis by appealing to their nationalism as Bengalis rather than as Pakistanis. The authors say that both these actions paid rich dividends in There are also instances narrated in the book of how crucial intelligence was gathered by electronic eavesdropping which helped the Indian Army and IAF to know the intent of the East Pakistani administrators well in advance so that they could plan against them in time.
The book is extremely well-annotated and written in a dispassionate manner. It brings out how the IAF pilots innovatively used the Caribous for bombing raids and also the techniques they used with the Migs to destroy the runways of East Pakistan with great precision. Their ultimate accolade came from A. Niazi himself, the commander of the Pak forces in East Pakistan, when he said that the IAF allowed them no rest, day or night, with no place to hide.
It is worth a read for those interested in the subject in spite of a lot of technical details on aviation.
Hats off to both the authors. A lot of hard work, research and analysis must have been involved to put all of the events of war in sequence.
The book is of pages and comprises of the following chapters: The IAF between the Wars 2. Across the Border 3.
War Clouds Gather: The First Clashes 4. The Air offensive over Dacca 5. Close Air Support: The Early days 6. Back to the Airfields 7. Unopposed in skies 8. Tightening the Noose 9. Governor's house to the Race course grounds The Aftermath There is a comprehensive Appendix in which details of Aircraft losses on both sides, Gallantry Awards, and Interviews are included.
The section on Air combat on page is so thrilling that you wouldn't put the book down until you finish the chapter!!!! Must read for anyone interested in Air Combat, Military history of India. See all 5 reviews. There's a problem loading this menu right now.
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We chose this narrow perspective for two reasons: The definitive history of the Bangladesh Liberation War and especially the conflicts that preceded it might yet have to be written, but attempts have been made and we did not intend to try doing so ourselves. There has been no history attempted though of exclusively the air component of the war.
Incidentally, our book is only the first volume of an intended two-volume project; the second will cover air operations in the Western Sector; this should give you some indication of the magnitude of the task at hand. We took our contribution to be toward filling the gap in the aviation history literature and not necessarily to contribute to the very interesting debates that surround the genesis of the Bangladesh war, its conduct, and so on.
Now, in general, air war histories and naval warfare histories are more specialized in their focus than the conventional war history. Books on the Battle of Britain , for instance, detail the air operations—the dogfights, the bombing etc—in far more detail than anything else; what they primarily focus on, which we do as well, is the operational context: We do not expect these kinds of histories to provide the kind of political histories or context that Sen finds missing.
In large part, this is because, prior to the First Gulf War and the NATO Kosovo campaign air power, despite what its most enthusiastic proponents might say, has not been the primary weapon of choice in accomplishing tactical or strategic objectives; it has supported boots on the ground. Given this, it is only natural that histories of air campaigns are largely operational histories, with some strategic and planning detail provided to make sense of operations.
My father and brother both flew for the IAF, in case you were curious why a philosophy professor is interested in military aviation history. Here is the jacket description: As Bass notes: Share this: Like this: Like Loading Here is the cover for the hardback: