Overview for Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw: Soldiering with Dignity
At last we may all enjoy reading Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw's emphasis on his term as Chief of the Army Staff. Who could write a more detailed account than his Military Assistant, always at his side throughout those tempestuous years. What shines through is a splendid portrait of a man with vision, competence, compassion and courage. Manekshaw's candid style helped him develop an instant rapport with his troops and he was thus able to hold the morale of those under his command. Pulling a few years from a man's life, albeit a time of far reaching changes, is a formidable task when required to illustrate the man's character in the round. Yet here is an epic, virtually autobiographical of Manekshaw's life. Undoubtedly, the man behind the baton of the Field Marshal has been one of the most controversial figures in the history of the armed forces. His showmanship and flamboyance may sometimes have irked even those who were most devoted to him. Yet, in the moment of truth, when war lay like a leaden weight on all Indians in 1971, Manekshaw stood the test of the hour and led his country to victory. His patriotism and dynamism stand out as a golden chapter in Indian military history. This biography is a charming account of the clarity of thought, the undaunting ideology and professionalism, easy demeanour and fantastic sense of honour of a man absolutely dedicated to the task of soldiering with dignity to the nth degree.
Depinder Singh (Author)
Lt Gen Depinder Singh, PVSM, VSM, was commissioned into the Eighth Gorkha Rifles, after schooling in Colonel Brownâ€™s Cambridge School, Dehra Dun and Government College, Lahore. Among the appointments he held during almost 40 years of distinguished service were Military Assistant to the Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, MC (1969-73); disarming the Sikkim Guards while commanding a Mountain Brigade (1973-75); Commandant Indian Military Training Team, Bhutan (1975-77); General Officer Commanding 36 Infantry Division, General Officer Commanding 33 Corps and finally, General Officer Commanding in Chief Southern Command and Over all Force Commander (OFC), Indiaâ€™s Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) in Sri Lanka. He was the Colonel of his Regiment, the Eighth Gorkha Rifles and President of the Gorkha Brigade of the Indian Army. He is recipient of the PARAM VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL, VISHIST SEVA MEDAL, the SHIROMANI AWARD, 1987 and the Lok Shree Award, 1989.