Wife of Major Raja Aziz Bhatti Receives Nishan-e-Haider on Her Husband’s Behalf. In an investiture ceremony, wife of Maj Raja Aziz Bhatti receives Nisha-e-Haider from President Ayub Khan on her husband’s behalf. Wife of Brig A.R. Shami is standing on her left. Brig Shami was awarded Hilal-e-Jurat (Posthumously).
3rd Baluch Regiment Monument at Wagah, Lahore. 3rd Baluch Regiment Monument raised in the everlasting memory of the 39 men who got shahadat by defending our motherland in September 1965 War on the Wagha Sector-Batapur Bridge on the BRBL canal and the counter attack on 10/11 September 1965.
Photo taken by Brig Muhammad Ajmal (3rd Baluch) on 06 September 2010. On that day Brig Ajmal’s son had led the Guard at the Monument. Brig Ajmal is from a family which has had three consecutive generations serving in 3rd Baluch. Photo shared by Naveed Tajammal (3rd Baluch).
55 Indian Soldiers Captured by a Senior Helicopter Pilot. Lt Col Naseer Ullah Babar (Retired as Maj Gen) was a daring officer. He was commanding an Aviation Squadron during 1965 War. On 1 Sep 1965, he landed at an Indian post by mistake. He kept his cool and captured 55 Sikh soldiers . He was awarded Sitara-e-Jurat for this action.
Captured Indian Air Force Ouragan Aircraft. In June 1965, India and Pakistan had a border skirmish in the Rann of Kutch region. On 24 June 1965, an ndian Air Force (IAF) Ouragan fighter (Serial No. IC 698), flown by Flt. Lt. Rana Lal Chand Sikka intruded into Pakistani airspace. A Pakistan Air Force (PAF) F-104A Starfighter intercepted the IAF fighter near Badin in Sindh. Just as the PAF pilot locked on to the Indian fighter and was about to release his Sidewinder Air-to-Air Missile, the Indian pilot lowered his aircraft’s landing gear (an internationally-recognized sign of aerial surrender). The IAF pilot landed at an open field near Jangshahi village near Badin. The IAF pilot was taken prisoner and released on 14 August 1965 – as a goodwill gesture on Pakistan’s Independence Day – minus the IAF Ouragan fighter, which was retained by the PAF as a trophy and flown by a PAF pilot to an airbase in Karachi.
Surrender of Indian Air Force Gnat aircraft at Pasrur. On September 3, 1965, Squadron Leader Brijpal Singh Sikand, Commander of an Indian fighter squadron, surrendered to a PAF F-104 in an air combat.The Indian pilot landed the Gnat aircraft on Pasrur airfield near Gujranwala and was taken Prisoner of War. The F-104 was flown by Flight Lieutenant Hakimullah who became the Air Chief two decades later. Sikand was later rose to be an IAF Air Marshal. This encounter was the most unusual event of the 1965 Air War. The Gnat is now on display at the PAF Museum Karachi.
Tail of an Indian Canberra Bomber, Sahiwal: Tail of an Indian Canberra bomber shot down in the 1965 War and exhibited on public display in Sahiwal in 1969.
Captured Indian tank, AMX-13, Displayed at Old Fort, Sialkot. Photo by Maaz Aziz.
Plaque of Captured Indian tank, AMX-13, at Old Fort, Sialkot. Photo by Maaz Aziz.
1965 Indo-Pak War: A Bogus Claim by Indian Army Chief. Headlines of The Indian Express newspaper about 1965 Indo-Pak War.
A Captured Indian Centurion Tank near Chawinda, Sep 1965. A party of journalists examining a Centurion tank left behind by Indians near Chawinda.
People Gathered at Lahore in 1965 to See a Captured Indian Tank
President Ayub Khan and Shastri on the Cover of Time Magazine, September 17, 1965 Edition
Headline of ‘The Australian’ Newspaper (13 September 1965 edition)
The Australian Newspaper, 14 September 1965 Edition. Pakistan’s victory in the biggest tank battle since World War II.
Captured Jeep of Indian Maj Gen Parsad (8 Sep 1965). Maj Gen Parsad, GOC 15th Indian Infantry Div, abandoned his Willys Jeep in the fields and ran away during a retaliatory attack by Pakistani forces. See his photo and more details in the subsequent paragraphs.
Jeep of Maj Gen Niranjan Prasad, captured by 18 Baluch Regt on 8 September 1965. This was official jeep of Maj Gen Niranjan Prasad, GOC 15th Indian Infantry Division. It was captured by 18 Baloch Regt on 8 Sep 1965 at Wagah Sector (Lahore Sector) across the BRB Canal. The jeep is on display at the Quarter Guard of 18 Baluch Regt (now 3 Sind).
Cowardice of Maj Gen Niranjan Prasad, GOC 15th Indian Infantry Division. Here are some extracts from Chapter 8 (‘Of Cowardice and Panic’) of the book “1965 War, the Inside Story (Defence Minister Y.B. Chavan’s Diary of India-Pakistan War)”.
“Maj Gen Niranjan Prasad had generally a poor record in operational command. In NEFA during 1962 operations and later while commanding Infantry Division at Rajouri, he had been found deficient. Despite Harbaksh Singh requesting Gen Chaudhuri to replace him, the Chief disregarded the suggestion.
“Utter confusion prevailed in the operations of 15 Division and by the evening of 8 September, situation was indeed pathetic. The Divisional Commander had just managed to evade capture. The Commanding Officers of two battalions had lost mental balance and were unfit to lead their units. The Army Commander Lt Gen Harbaksh Singh had acted decisively and relieved the Division Commander and the two COs of their command.”
“On the basis of enquiry by GOC XI Corps. Niranjan Prasad was to face court-martial but the COAS sent for Maj Gen Niranjan Prasad and asked him to resign.”
Read the interesting details of abandoning of jeep by GOC 15th Indian Infantry Division at Lahore Front on page 40 of the book: 1965 War: The Inside Story. (Editor’s Note: The book has an error by calling the abandoned jeep as Jonga, designed by Nissan and built by India (See details of Jonga). But the above black & white and coloured photos clearly show that it was a Willys Jeep, built in the USA).
Captured Indian Artillery Gun. A Pakistani JCO inspecting a captured Indian Artillery gun.
25 Indian Artillery Guns Captured in Chhamb Sector
An Abandoned Indian Tank at Chhamb Sector
A Destroyed Indian Tank in Chawinda
Two captured Indian AMX-13 Tanks, 1965. Two captured Indian AMX-13 tanks with Pakistani soldiers.
An Pakistani Soldier at Guard Near the Milestone (KM Stone) in the Captured Indian Town of Khemkaran
Kishangarh Fort Captured by Pakistan Army
Pakistani Flag at Kishangarh Fort in 1965
A Pakistani Soldier at Munabao Railway Station. Munabao was an important railway station of Rajhistan was captured by Pakistan during 1965 Indo Pak War. India persistently denied that it was not captured by Pakistani forces.
Munabao Railway Station in Rajhistan Captured by Pakistan
Indo-Pak War, September 1965 (Dawn, Karachi: Rare Newspaper)
Indo-Pak War, September 1965 (Daily Jang, Karachi, Edition of 7 Sep 1965)
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