Books about India's Wars

Get a peek into India’s military history with this collection of books about wars the country has fought.
India's War
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India's War

by Srinath Raghavan

About the book:  Between 1939 and 1945 India changed to an extraordinary extent. Millions of Indians suddenly found themselves as soldiers, fighting in Europe and North Africa but also - something simply never imagined - against a Japanese army threatening to invade eastern India. Many more were pulled into the vortex of wartime mobilization. Srinath Raghavan's compelling and original book gives both a surprising new account of the fighting and of life on the home front. For Indian nationalists the war has tended to be seen as a distraction from the quest for national independence - but Raghavan shows that in fact the war lay at the very heart of how and why colonial rule ended in South Asia. By seeing the Second World War through Indian eyes, Raghavan transforms our understanding of the conflict - with famous battles such as those in North Africa and Iraq reinterpreted, as well as fascinating and little known campaigns such as the destruction of Italian northeast Africa. Time and again, it was Indian troops that made Britain into a global power and, as the war came to an end, it was the Indian army that fought the final battles which marked the end both of the Japanese empire, and of the British.

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War and Peace in Modern India
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War and Peace in Modern India

by S. Raghavan

About the book:  A study of Indian foreign policy under Jawaharlal Nehru, concentrating on the fundamental questions of war and peace. Looks at Nehru's handling of the disputes over the fate of Junagadh, Hyderabad and Kashmir in 1947-48; the refugee crisis in East and West Bengal in 1950; the Kashmir crisis in 1951; and the boundary dispute with China 1949-62

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India's China War
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India's China War

by Neville Maxwell

About the book:  Maxwell does not fear standing up for what he thinks is the truth -- and here is a book that tells the truth about India's war with China. The author had access to documents that still remain classified in India as they contain sensitive material.

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India's Wars, 1947-1971: A Military History
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India's Wars, 1947-1971: A Military History

by Arjun Subramaniam

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1971
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1971

by David Hepworth

About the book:  The war of 1971 that created Bangladesh was the most significant geopolitical event in the Indian subcontinent since partition in 1947. It tilted the balance of power between India and Pakistan steeply in favor of India. Srinath Raghavan contends that the crisis and its cast of characters can be understood only in a wider international context.

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For King and Another Country
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For King and Another Country

by Graham Russell

About the book:  Squadron Leader Mahinder S Pujji, DFC, is one of the most experienced Second World War veteran fighter pilots. As a young man in India he answered the call to arms, and he was among the first twenty-four Indian pilots to arrive in England to join the RAF. Before long he was in the front line, fighting in the battle for Britain's survival, voluntarily risking his life for a country not his own. Whether on the home front, in the Western Desert, on the Indian Frontier or in Burma, Pujji gained a reputation as much for his qualities of determination and modesty as for his consummate flying skills.

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Himalayan Blunder
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Himalayan Blunder

by J. P. Dalvi

About the book:  The Indian military setback against the Chinese attack in 1962 was high time for an honest soul-searching. Quite a few books written by Army officers have tried to tell their version of the untold story. Brig. Dalvi's account of the Sino-Indian War is by far the most remarkable and authentic. He was present in the theatre of war throughout, commanded a brigade and was held captive by the Chinese for seven months. In discussing the day-to-day events from 8 September to 20 October 1962 the author graphically tells the truth which only an actual participant could experience and know. The background of the war is drawn from his first-hand information as a high-ranking commander.

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1962 and the McMahon Line Saga
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1962 and the McMahon Line Saga

by Claude Arpi

About the book:  Fifty years ago, India went through a tragic event which has remained a deep scar in the country’s psyche: a border war with China. During the author’s archival peregrinations on the Himalayan border, he goes into some relatively little known issues, such as the checkered history of Tawang; the British India policy towards Tibet and even the possibility for India to militarily defend the Roof of the World. The author also looks into why the Government still keeps the Henderson Brooks Report under wraps and what were Mao’s motivations for ‘teaching India a lesson’. Throughout this series of essays, the thread remains the Tibet-India frontier in the North-East and the Indo-Chinese conflict. The more one digs into this question, the more one discovers that the entire issue is intimately linked with the history of modern Tibet; particularly the status of the Roof of the World as a de facto independent nation. British India had a Tibet Policy, Independent India, did not. This led to the unfortunate events of 1962.

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Despatches from Kargil
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Despatches from Kargil

by Srinjoy Chowdhury,Srin Joy Chowdhury

About the book:  Unforgettable Tales Of The Kargil War The Kargil War In The Summer Of 1999 Was A Tale Of Brutality And Courage. Here Was War In Its Essence: Barren, Icy Peaks Held By A Strongly Entrenched Enemy, And The Only Way To Dislodge The Intruders Was To Climb Up In The Face Of Overwhelming Fire. By The End Of The War Many More Heroes Were Added To The List Of The Nation S Brave: Saurav Kalia, Vijayant Thapar, Yogendra Singh Yadav, Mariappan Sarvanan And Vikram Batra, To Name Only A Few. Their Exploits In This Harrowing Battle Read Like The Stuff Of Legend. In Despatches From Kargil, Srinjoy Chowdhury, Who Covered The War For The Statesman, Recounts What It Was Like For Journalists To Battle Against Deadlines, Shellfire-And Particularly Vicious Bedbugs-To Transmit Their Reports. He Draws Graphic Pictures Of The Major Assaults, Such As In Drass And Batalik, Relying Heavily On The First-Hand Accounts Of Those Who Took Part In The Action. There Are Memorable Portrayals Of The Soldiers And Officers Too-Sometimes Of The Other Side As Well. This Is War Reportage At Its Best: Observant, Objective, And Ultimately, For All The Wry Understatement, Extremely Moving. If I Don T Inform The Platoon Commander (About The Presence Of The Enemy), He Will Be Overrun, I Thought. And All Because Of Me. I Was Wounded. I Couldn T Walk. I Must Have Been Hit About Fifteen Times, In The Leg, The Chest, The Groin And Arm& I Began Crawling Down& -Param Vir Chakra, Grenadier Yogendra Singh Yadav

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The India-Pakistan Air War of 1965
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The India-Pakistan Air War of 1965

by P V S Jagan Mohan,Samir Chopra

About the book:  First In The Series Of Books Detailing Wartime Operations Of The Indian Air Force (Iaf) It Provides A History Of The Air Component Of A War Triggered By Pakistan`S Invasion Of Kashmir In 1965. Based On Interviews With Iaf War Veterans, Squadron Diaries And Never Before Published Photographs Including Gun Camera Photos, The Book Is Very Valuable In Understanding The Deployment Of Air-Power In The Twentieth Century.

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The 1971 Indo-Pak War
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The 1971 Indo-Pak War

by Hakeem Arshad Qureshi

About the book:  Social historians; students of strategic studies, political science, Pakistan Studies, the general reader. Army institutions, e.g. Pakistan Military Academy, Staff College, National Defense College, and the Special Services Group.

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India's Military Conflicts and Diplomacy
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India's Military Conflicts and Diplomacy

by Malik V.p. General

About the book:  A book on India's defence and military diplomacy from a Chief of the Indian Army General V.P. Malik, Chief of the Indian Army from 1 October 1997 to 30 September 2000, writes about his experiences in the field and important strategic events in which he was involved during his service. He has focused on decision-making processes that were followed at the political and military strategic levels as well as at the operational level. In India, such important decisions are seldom recorded in detail-almost never made public. Hence it is difficult to analyse these events in perspective, or learn lessons from them for future generations. The problem gets exaggerated for the armed forces. Despite the important national security roles envisaged and expected from them, they are seldom in the loop at the planning level. And when included in the loop, only a handful of senior officers are privy to the ministerial interactions and decision-making. In India's Military Conflicts and Diplomacy the author tries to address problems arising from such practices. He writes about defence and military diplomacy and provides a historical as well as futuristic perspective on India's higher defence management.

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1965 War, the Inside Story
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1965 War, the Inside Story

by R.D. Pradhan

About the book:  1965 War Was The First All-Out Clash Between The Two Nations India And Pakistan, After The Partition In 1947.Y.B. Chavan, India S Former Defence Minister, Recorded In His Own Hand The 22-Day War. The Inside Story Reveals:" Utter Failure Of Intelligence On Timing Of Pak Attack." How And Why Chavan Ordered Iaf To Launch Attack Without Even Informing The Pm." Why India Attacked Across The International Border? Reasons As Per Chavan Recording, If We Fail And I Cannot Even Imagine Of It The Nation Fails ." How A Division Commander Bolted From The Theatre Of Operation. " How The Army Commander Sacrificed Over 300 Men For The Greater Glory Of His Regiment . " Why The Indian Army Did Not March Into Lahore." Occasions When The Army Chief Almost Lost His Nerve." How The Defence Minister, The Army And Air Chiefs Worked As Team." How Pm Kept His Cool And Emerged As A Great Leader In War." Was It A Futile War? Did India Lose In Tashkent What Was Won On Battle-Fields." Finally, How The Political Leadership Re-Established Its Proper Relationship With The Defence Forces Leadership And Wiped Out Bitter Memories Of The 1962 India-China War.The Book Is A Tribute To The Iaf That Was Deployed In War For The First Time After The Independence. Also To India S Armoured Regiments That Fought Valiantly And Destroyed Myth Of Superiority Of The Pattons.

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Eagles Over Bangladesh:The Indian Air Force in the 1971 Liberation War
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Eagles Over Bangladesh:The Indian Air Force in the 1971 Liberation War

by P V S Jagan Mohan,Samir Chopra

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