Overview for Missed Opportunities: Indo-Pak War 1965
Missed Opportunities offers a comprehensive understanding of the roots of Indo-Pak Hostility. Focused on the 1965 war, this book begins with discussing the game plan of the major world powers that affected the Indo-Pak war. It offers a very useful and informative account of the lineage, growth, weaponry, ethos and operational doctrines of the Armies and Air Forces of India and Pakistan. This aspect of the book lends strength to a better appreciation of the defence history of both the countries and their current military status. Having fought in the war, the author brings forth his perspective based on his knowledge, discussions with and personal notes of some of his fellow officers. In that, this book is very significant for readers, as it makes an interesting comparison to other writers from India and across the border who have offered their accounts of the 1965 war. For students of military history, the author has selected a battalion attack at Dograi, a brigade offensive in Hajipir Bulge, a divisional battle at Asal Uttar and a corps battle at Chawinda for detailed study to bring out appropriate lessons at different levels. what makes this book stand out is its easy style and quick pace; the references the author makes through the text and the manner in which he brings together the historical and political developments of the time merge to provide a wholistic and authentic image of the 1965 war between India and Pakistan.