A little before the Chinese Premier landed in India, one of our politicians namely Mulayam Singh Yadav stirred up an old Ghost. Yadav stressed that India needs to be vigilant as China may attack India soon. Perhaps it was rhetoric but the fact remains that 1962 cannot be easily forgotten.
Hitler was intended on destroying the English empire, though records show that he had a healthy regard for the British. But war is war and he made plans to under mine British power. In this connection he met Netaji Subhas Bose and launched the Indian legion that fought along with the Germans in France and other places. Soldiers of the Indian legion were drafted from Indian POW’s captured by the Germans in North Africa. The war dragged on for 6 years and Great Britain had its resources stretched during the period.
Even during the tenure of Rajiv Gandhi most Sikhs were seconded to command Southern Command. Perhaps this had something to do with ‘operation’ blue star where the Join Indian Army assaulted the Golden temple in complete disregard of all canons of civilized behaviour. It was a sad occasion and disturbed all right thinking people..
Crete is a small island in the Mediterranean Sea of the coast of Greece. Hitler ordered a Para invasion of the Island. The battle is a landmark battle as for the first time an entire invasion was carried out from the air. The campaign as a trail blazer is important as Hitler landed troops through gliders who surprised the British. This attack from the air is important as it showed the power of an airborne assault. Crete was captured by this audacious move.
The Italian assault was called off and Alexander virtually admitted failure by a broadcast to the partisans on November 17 1944.The partisans were asked to call of large scale operations and go on the defensive. Credit must go to the German army under Kesselring which fought to retain the line against the allies. It was definitely a great rear guard action. It gave Hitler precious time to prolong the war. But the fact remains that for the allies this was a low key theater and the aim was perhaps to just tie down the German forces so that Ike could advance across France.
Just before the annexation of the Punjab the British created the first Sikh regiment. These regiments came in handy during the 1857 mutiny when the Sikhs sided with the British against the mutineers. In the siege of Lucknow and the defense of Arrah the Sikhs displayed their loyalty and bravery and won their first 2 battle honors.
But now in the twenty first century the IAF is faced with dilemma as how potent it can be in case of a conflict with China or Pakistan or a worse case scenario a battle on 2 fronts with both China and Pakistan.
The Sikh regimental center is at Ramgarh in Jharkhand.It is about 30 km from Ranchi. However it must be remembered that the Sikh regiments have 14 Victoria crosses. Indeed the warlike Sikhs have much to inspire them as they seek greater glory.