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14 Interesting Facts About ‘India’s First Field Marshal’ Sam Manekshaw

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6. Sam Manekshaw Served As A Captain

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During World War II, Sam Manekshaw was a captain with the 4/12 Frontier Force Regiment in Burma, where he clinched the victory over the Japanese.

 

7. Service Extended By Six Months

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In 1972, the President signed a special order extending his tenure for another six months. He persisted despite his reluctance out of respect for the President.

 

8. Willing To Put His Country First

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He is always willing to put his country first. Indira Gandhi is said to have asked Sam about the Indian Army’s readiness and preparations shortly before the 1971 Indo-Pak war, to which he replied, “I am always ready, sweetie.” Because of his Parsi links, he had a special relationship with Indira Gandhi, whom he referred to as a “sweetie/sweetheart.”

 

9. Cheated Death Many Times

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Sam cheated death on many occasions, both on and off the battlefield.

 

10. Born To Serve The Indian Army

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Despite losing half of his soldiers, Sam Manekshaw led his team to victory. He was also seriously wounded by light machine-gun fire, but he persisted in urging his soldiers to fight, which led to the Sittang bridge’s capture. Major General David Cowan, the 17th Infantry Division’s Commander-in-Chief, saluted his courage and determination upon hearing of his conduct.

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