Field Marshal Sam Hormusji Framji Jamshedji Manekshaw assumed charge of the Indian Army, as the 8th Chief of Army Staff, on 07 June 1969. Born in Amritsar, Punjab on 03 April 1914.
Manekshaw is reported to have once said: “I wonder whether those of our political masters who have been put in charge of the defence of the country can distinguish a mortar from a motor; a gun from a howitzer; a guerrilla from a gorilla.”[
here are some of his greatest accomplishments!
Prepared the Army for a well-planned and a well executed operation against Pakistan in 1971, leading to the creation of Bangladesh.
As Chairman of Chiefs of Staff Committee, he welded the Army, Navy and Air Force into a well-knit team.
Taking of over 90,000 Pakistan POWs, thereby paving the way for favourable negotiations.
He was laid to rest in Oodagamandalam, Tamil Nadu, with military honours, adjacent to his wife’s grave. He is survived by his two daughters and three grandchildren.
Reportedly, his last words were “I’m okay!”