The Battle of Hussainiwala and Qaiser-i-Hind: The 1971 War

Hardcover | November 25, 2014

byHabib Ahmed

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This book narrates a fascinating firsthand account of a battle fought in 1971 at Hussainiwala in former West Pakistan. The author, as a Commanding Officer at the time, led his newly formed battalion against heavy odds to greatly contribute to the victory of the 106 Brigade against Indianforces. He describes the unfolding chain of events that led up to the Battle in the Hussainiwala and provides intricate details of the battle, along with its plans. What makes this battle particularly noteworthy is that it was fought against the backdrop of the larger military defeat and debacle of East Pakistan. Determined not to fail, the tenacious troops of the 106 Brigade under Brig M. Mumtaz Khan HJ, SJ of the Frontier Force Regiment fought courageously inHussainiwala prevailing against the very strong opposition of the Indian forces and finally defeated them. This well-crafted book takes us behind the scenes, leaving us wiser and more appreciative of how unyielding troops could help defend a nation and protect its future. The author, now in his late seventies, was inspired to write this book to uncover factual details of the event and help both the armed forces and the civil society understand the intricacies of how this difficult battle was fought and won. The book also pays homage to the officers and men who laiddown their lives in the line of duty.

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This book narrates a fascinating firsthand account of a battle fought in 1971 at Hussainiwala in former West Pakistan. The author, as a Commanding Officer at the time, led his newly formed battalion against heavy odds to greatly contribute to the victory of the 106 Brigade against Indianforces. He describes the unfolding chain of event...

Lt Col. (retd) Habib Ahmed SJ was commissioned as an infantry officer in the Baluch Regiment in 1954 from 9th PMA Long Course at Kakul. He is also a graduate of Command and Staff College, Quetta and the National Defence College, Rawalpindi. He was posted at various locations including former East Pakistan in both line and staff positi...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:334 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:November 25, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199064725

ISBN - 13:9780199064724

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Table of Contents

PrefaceList of Maps and Sketches of Battle PlansAbbreviations1. Political Alienation in East Pakistan2. The 41st Battalion of the Baluch Regiment: Its Raising and Early Days3. Moving into the Operational Area4. A Strategic Opportunity is Lost5. Operational Planning Considerations of GOC 11th Division6. Operational Planning7. 106 Brigade Attack Plans: Final Preparations8. Unit Attack Plans9. Calm Before the Storm10. The War Begins in West Pakistan11. Fighting on the Objective: Actions at Qaiser-i-Hind by the 41st Baluch12. Exploitation up to the Headworks13. Pre-emptive and Auxiliary / Diversionary Attacks of 3rd Punjab14. 19th Punjab Actions in Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the 106th Brigade Attack Plans15. Pre-emptive attacks by All Battalions in Phase 1 of the 106th Brigade Attack16. Actions of Bravo Squadron of the 4th Cavalry Regiment17. Defensive Battle at Sehjra Salient by the 41st Baluch, 6-17 December (Ceasefire)EpilogueGlossaryBibliographyIndex