Welcome to Humor Nation. Sam Manekshaw, (1914-2008), he was a very highly decorated soldier of the Indian Army, he was the first Indian army officer who was promoted to five star rank of field marshal in the Indian army. He had a long glorious military career which spanned over the period of 40 years in which he saw action in five wars:
- World War II
- Indo-Pakistan War (1947)
- Sino-Indian War (1962)
- Indo-Pakistan War (1965)
- Indo-Pakistan War (1971)
With a swashbuckling identity and his signature whirling mustache, his name is sufficient to spark respect and bravery in the minds of the soldiers and every Indian who knows about him.
So Let’s Take A Look At Some Unknown Facts About Sam Manekshaw: India’s First Field Marshal Who Called Indira Gandhi ‘Babe’ And Helped Defeat Pakistan 3 Times
1. After Manekshaw completed his schooling, he planned to go to London to become a doctor and study medicine. But his father refused to send him to London even though he got a distinction in his Cambridge Board’s school certificate examination. He rebelled against his dad and gave the Indian Military entrance examination and was part of the 40 cadets who got enrolled in the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun in 1932.
2. In 1942, during the World War II, Sam Manekshaw served as the captain of the elite 4/12 Frontier Force Regiment against the Japanese Army in Burma. Despite losing 50% of his soldiers and suffering a major injury, nine bullets in his stomach, he continued encouraging his soldiers. As a result, his team was able to win the Pagoda Hill which led to the capture of the Sittang bridge.
3. Sam Manekshaw was among the few who were awarded Military cross when he was engaged on an active battle front. When Major General Cowan saw him severe wounded, lying on the ground after he successfully attacked the Japanese. He gave his Military Cross ribbon to Sam and said, “a dead man cannot be awarded a Military cross”.
4. Manekshaw loved the Gorkhas – it was his regiment and he felt proud to be known as Gorkha or Sam Bahadur. When he passed away, many Gorkha soldiers did not shave as to show their respect. He loved his men and adored their families, he would often share meals and drinks with the soldiers who were below his rank.
5. Sam Manekshaw displayed his leadership and quick decision-making abilities amid the India-Pakistan Partition in 1947, handling and settling several division-related issues. In 1947 and 1948, he demonstrated his valor and fighting war abilities during the operations of Jammu and Kashmir.