Every time we address the 1971 war, Sam Manekshaw’s name comes up. That year, he was the man who made our victory over Pakistan possible. He was known as ‘Sam Bahadur’ or ‘Sam the Brave’ for his four decades of service to our country. Let us check out some interesting facts about India’s First Field Marshal, Sam Manekshaw.
1. First Indian Army Officer
Sam Manekshaw was the first Indian Army officer to be promoted to the five-star rank of Field Marshal. He was born in Amritsar to Parsi parents.
2. First Indian To Become A Field Marshal
Sam Manekshaw was the first Indian to be appointed as a Field Marshal. During the partition, he first showed his managerial abilities. Sam Manekshaw was active in providing logistical solutions and decision-making during the 1947 partition. In addition, during Jammu and Kashmir’s operations in 1947 and 1948, he showed his skill as a fighter.
3. Sam Manekshaw Known As Sam Bahadur
Sam Bahadur was his nickname. He was born in Amritsar on April 3, 1914. Sam Hormusji Framji Jamshedji Manekshaw was his full name.
4. Wished To Become A Doctor
Manekshaw aspired to be a doctor like his military doctor father, but fate had other plans for him.
5. Participated In Five Wars
Sam Manekshaw served in the Army for 40 years, fighting in five wars: World War II, the 1947 India-Pakistan war, the 1962 Sino-Indian war, the 1965 India-Pakistan war, and the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War.