HIMALAYAN. BLUNDER terlibas) Nam ngũ thit. AL. Thou. The angry truth about India’s nost crushing military disaster. Brig J.P. Dalvi. Foreword by Frank Moraes. Himalayan Blunder has ratings and 72 reviews. Anant said: Just finished Himalayan Blunders written by Brigadier John Dalvi. It was my first book on. This book was written by Brigadier John Parusharam Dalvi, the commander of the ill-fated 7th Indian Infantry Brigade, Indian Army. The motive.

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Our humble army men, doing a thankless job, without ration, ammunition,boots or winter clothing, defending few useless pieces of logs and redeeming the follies of few spineless, arrogant men with their blood, sacrificed themselves fighting valiantly for the honour of the country. By China had been linked by two major roads with Tibet, capable of carrying heavy traffic.

Himalayan Blunder: The Angry Truth About India’s Most Crushing Military Disaster

Younghusband success- fully reached Lhasa, and the Dalai Lama was forced to agree to terms. Handing over the borders to the Army was a meaningless gesture, without the additional resources required. The stage was set for the Forward Policy. These deaths did not seem to bother anyone and were accepted as occupational hazards. Jan 14, Ankit Rana rated it it was amazing. I met one of these officials during my imprisonment, and he was brib rabidly anti-feudal than the Chinese themselves.

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Dalvi bitterly described about his return to India: The author had the advantage of being a participant in the fighting when on the morning of 20th October massed Chinese artillery opened up a heavy concentration on the weak Indian garrison in a narrow sector of the Namka Ghu valley of Kameng Frontier Division in the North-East Frontier Agency NEFA.

The background of the war is drawn from his first-hand information as a high-ranking commander. I knew with what energy and enthusiasm he started trying to repair the damage done to the Army, and I saw his confidence being gradually eroded because he could make little headway against an indifferent and often hostile and ignorant Ministry of Defence, under Mr.


Rankling at our unfriendly reception and the many garbled versions I heard from friends, Uimalayan wrote a forthright account which I handed over to the Chief personally. It is now known that American U-2 spy aeroplanes have operated from Peshawar airfield in Pakistan. Instead we allowed the border issue to become an emotional one, and the defence of this inhospitable region in the words of Mr.

It proved to be accurate, detailing the India-China war and also demonstrated the various blhnder that the army had to face, including difficulties relating to supplies, logistics, hierarchy and poor support from the then incumbent government.

Dalvi was an author and commander.

Nehru ealvi to refer the issue to the U. We accepted the possibility of some misunderstanding about the actual alignment of these remote areas, and were prepared for incursions and border clashes; but rejected the probability of a major military conflict. He also made a statement deprecating soldiers coercing the Civil Authority -which must remain supreme m a democracy. Sadly, India is not out of woods yet.

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Jan 18, Pradeep rated it it was amazing. To put it simply, it was necessary to move from firm base to firm base, and not backward from the political boundaries of the country.

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Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. No one seemed to bother about their training. In the Western arms embargo including spares was a serious embarrassment in the short war with Pakistan. Parliament and the public could then be told that our borders were being adequately guarded.

The Chinese promised to be good boys and we let the matter rest at that. As an Indian who admires valiant soldiers; I picked it up. Our traditional suppliers had been the Western countries, especially the U. Here I would quote Mr. The battle of Thagla ridge might as well have been the first time that India fought to defend its borders. Nehru disdainfully declined the offer.


Lists with This Book. The original book was published in late 60s and ran into almost pages. This is the highest praise and tribute that can be paid to an officer, a gallant gentleman and an outstanding soldier.

Himalayan Blunder was an extremely controversial war memoir penned by Brigadier John Dalvi. There is no military jargon or gobbledygook. We could not, or did not, want to face China alone. Dalvi has written in the simplest manner, the darkest chapter in post independent India. It was October 20,when Havaldar Karam Singh and his 20 strong troops doing their routine border patrolling when all of a sudden nine men from the patrol team were buried under in a matter of seconds in a hailstorm of bullets.

We established a number of additional forward posts. Its all experience written over in the each word of the book. After exchanging blow for blow we offered a cease-fire as evidence of our strength and restraint.

Dalvi passed away indue to Cancer. Full text blunser ” Himalayan Blunder ” See other formats B. On his return to India, he authored a book about the war, titled The Himalayan Blunder: A story of how egos got in the way of common sense and made the poor ill-equipped Indian soldier fight an uneven himaoayan against vastly better armed and prepared Chinese troo Brig.

There was no question of deploying units or formations to fulfil any assessed task. Now round about that area, and a little further away, but not far from it, this Chinese detachment came and met our forward picket of about a dozen persons.