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Battlefield Zojila: 1948

Sudhir S. Bloeria (Author)

During the First Indo-Pak War of 1947, many important battles were fought in Kashmir, which have become part of Indian military folklore. Amongst these, the Battles of Zojila hold pride of place. Our breakthrough at Zojila ensured the security of Ladakh which was gravely threatened by the hostiles at that time. During this period of armed conflict with Pakistan, some heroic battles were fought. In defensive operations, the garrisons of Skardu and Punch withstood long sieges against very heavy odds and a much larger enemy force. Their performance could do proud to any army. Of the offensive actions launched by the Indian forces, the breakthrough at Zojila would probably rank amongst the three most important battles of the J&K Operations. The author has covered the account of the battles with due authentication and interviews with people who were part of the operations.

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About the author

Sudhir S. Bloeria

Dr. Sudhir S. Bloeria, IAS (J & K – 1968) is an ex-Army Officer having served in the Infantry from 1966 to 1972. He took part in the 1971 war with Pakistan, in the Fazilka sector. He is a Science Graduate, also holds a Masters Degree in Hinstroy, and acquired Ph.D. Degree for his Thesis on “The Battle of Zojila – 1948”. A graduate of the National Defence College, New Delhi, he takes keen interest in military history and national security matters. At present, he is the Chief Secretary to the Government of Jammu and Kashmir. Other important assignments held by him include, Deputy Commissioner, Jammu; Development Commissioner, Ladakh; Divisional Commissioner, Jammu; Principal Secretary to Governor; Secretary to the Government of Jammu and Kashmir in the Deparatments of Food, Civil Supplies, Transport, Forest, Public Works, Health and Medical Education. Dr Bloeria was posted as Special Commissioner, Rajouri and Poonch Districts in 1990-1992 with specific assignment of keeping that area free from militancy during that critical period. He was Additional Chief Secretary, Home to the State Government in 1995 and 1996 when Parliament & Assembly elections were conducted after a gap of almost ten years. His book “ Pakistan’s Insurgency v/s India’s Security “ published by Manas Publilcations has been very well received.

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Bibliographic information

Title Battlefield Zojila: 1948
Format Hardcover
Date published: 13.01.2021
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789388161138
length xvi+225p., Illustrations., (Black and White)., Maps., (Black and White); 24cm.
Subjects History