Major Taj 18 Punjab in Chhor

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ISBN-13 : 978-1480085961 MAJOR TAJ , 18 PUNJAB , LATER TO BE SJ AND BAR RECEIVED HIS FIRST SJ FROM GENERAL AYUB KHAN this scribe interviewed brigadier Taj SJ and Bar in June 2001 and this is how he described his 1965 experiences:-- PLEASE TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR WAR EXPERIENCES OF THE 1965 WAR? On September 6 as Indo-Pak war broke out, my unit was directed to reach the border of Khokhara Par in Tharparkar district. The entire population from Karachi to every nook and corner of Sindh was deeply motivated and united to defend the country against Indian onslaught. This gave a big boost to the morale of the army and they were ready to shed their last drop of blood for the safety and security of the country. I was given the assignment to recapture ranger post Shakarbu about sixteen miles from Khokhara Par, which had earlier been occupied by the Indian army. My force included a rifle company and a section of mortar guns. My company reached the outskirts of Shakarbu by first light on the attacking day and carried out the operation successfully. The Indian fled away, leaving some dead, and the post was recaptured. On reaching the post, I noticed some activity at Kharin Post on the Indian side of the border, I immediately planned an attack with mobile force consisting of about sixteen men with MGs and RRs. The post was captured without any opposition. Soon thereof, I sighted two enemy tanks advancing rapidly towards the post with two rifle companies. We immediately opened fire with machine guns. L/ Naik Khushi Muhammad, Commander RR, knocked out one tank and rendered the other disfunctional. The advancing Indian elements were engaged by me with mortar and machine gun fire, which forced it to withdraw leaving behind a number of dead bodies and the wreckage of two tanks. I and L/ Naik Khushi Muhammad were awarded SJ and TJ respectively for this performance. It is seldom in military history that a force as small as sixteen men not only knocked out two tanks but also repulsed a counter attack supported by tanks and two Infantry Companies. On handing over Shakarbu Post to Rangers, I joined the Battalion for Dali operation. My company was to lead the advance and establish a firm base on a high ground in the rear of the enemy. We established the firm base and A and C companies were launched to capture Dali. Two available air sorties performed dare devil-attacking feats; the base commander Air Cdr M. K. Abbassi was himself flying one of the aircraft. Air action not only destroyed the enemy ammunition train but also enemy men and equipment were shelled resulting in heavy casualties. By dusk, attack began with thunderous ‘NARAS’. The result was a complete success. Dali was cleared next day again with the help of D company, which had earlier successfully repulsed an enemy counter attack from the direction of Jasso - JoPar. D Company assaulted with RRs and MGs with one shout “Get out of the trenches otherwise you will be butchered” the enemy men surrendered and seven officers, 12 JCO’s and a number of ORs were taken prisoners. They belonged to 5 Maratha and 17 Madras. Here 18 Punjab captured three tanks also which were in subsequent operation used against Indian army. This action will go down as one of the finest operations ever fought by a Battalion. Next to attract attention of 18 Punjab was Kalran-Ka-Talao. Here Indians had earlier occupied a number of Rangers Post, 18 Punjab was to recapture Kalran-Ka-Talao, hardly Battalion reached the concentration area, Indians attacked Ranger Post, again D company from a flank moved forward and engaged the assaulting troops effectively, inflicting very heavy casualties. The attack was crushed and enemy escaped leaving behind their dead and wounded. 3 Garhwals, that led the advance were licking their wounds for the remaining period of war and never dared to challenge Pakistani troops again. These were the achievement in 1965 war of a battalion that fought against two brigades of Indian army advancing along Gadra-Chachro axis HOW WOULD YOU SUM UP 1965 WAR AS YOU SAW IT? In my opinion this war was primarily fought by the officers of the ranks of Lt. Col. and below. They created history and proved to the world that how well-trained and motivated they were and how they repulsed aggression by an army three times bigger in equipment and human resources. I regret to say that generalship failed us in this war otherwise the history of Pakistan would have been much different. Pakistan Army through eyes of Pakistani Generals Paperback – October 10, 2012 https://www.amazon.com/Pakistan-Army-through-Pakistani-Generals/dp/1480085960/ref=sr_1_14?dchild=1&keywords=pakistan+army+through+eyes+of+generals&qid=1599285214&sr=8-14
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Paperback : 420 pages
ISBN-10 : 1480085960
ISBN-13 : 978-1480085961
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  • Great action
    The Gens failed to assess en action despite our actions in kashmir and were surprised by En in lahore.
    Every time snr ldrship blunderd
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  • Agha Sahib, why Generals failed not only in September 1965, but also December 1971 War?
    Our ill trained young majors on creation of Pakistan became major generals over night. Ayub Khan became C In C at the age of 43 and Yahaya Khan became brigadier of  
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  • AGREED SIR
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  • True and accurate analysis pertaining to Wars of 1965 & 1971 by Higher Commands as well Generals and Operation Badar,Kargil was another strategic blunder !!!
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  • My first CO in 22 Punjab was in !8 Punjab in this war and was awarded SJ for his heroic performance.My father late Major Abdul Majid was commissioned in !8 Punjab but was in newly raised 22Punjab in 1965 war.
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  • Late Maj Taj was with my father in SWS. Wana, Manzai, His late son was my classmate.
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  • Great action and bravery to repulse Indians more in number
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