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Indian Peacekeeping Force in Sri Lanka 1987-1989

Depinder Singh (Author)
Synopsis With a foreword by the great Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw PV, PB, MC, one may expect only the very best. So it is with this gripping on-scene account of the controversial operation carried out, at Government’ request, by the Indian Peacekeeping Force during 1987 and 1988 in Sri Lanka. Who better to write it than the overall force commander of the IPKF himself! The general lay-out of Sri-Lanka and its many peoples neatly sets the scene for the drama behind this attempt to quell the rigid LTTE’s greater excesses. Indeed, one may learn much of the secret methods of the dreaded LTTE in training, motivation to fanatic level, and most particularly in explosives handling by their members. Even the character of the elusive LTTE leader, known as "The Green Pimpernel", is exposed. With facts put in their proper perspective, and mistakes freely admitted, this readable account clears many misconceptions about the situation prevalent in Sri Lanka leading up to and during those two years. Junior leaders are given their chance, in this fascinating book, to explain how they coped with insurgency there. The way all the different branches of the armed forces worked together to ameliorate Sri Lankan conditions is clearly brought out in the final chapter of the book. Ending with reflections, culled from IPKF experiences among others, on higher direction of war, intelligence, training, morale maintenance particularly in hostile environments, public relations, defence research and development, the great authority with which this whole book had been penned is confirmed. Altogether a most rewarding reading experience for anybody with an enquiring mind, whether in the armed forces or not.
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About the author

Depinder Singh

Lt Gen Depinder Singh, PVSM, VSM, was commissioned into the Eighth Gorkha Rifles, after schooling in Colonel Brown’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), India’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.

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Title Indian Peacekeeping Force in Sri Lanka 1987-1989
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2001
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Natraj Publishers
Language: English
isbn 818501907X, 9788185019079
length xiii+206p., Figures; Tables; Plates; Maps; Index; 23cm.