8 Amazing Facts About Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw You Probably Didn’t Know

Hello Defence Lovers, With a distinguished military career that spanned over four decades and five major wars, Field Marshal Sam Hormusji Framji Jamshedji Manekshaw (lovingly called Sam Bahadur) was undoubtedly one of the most celebrated military men in Independent India.  Sam Manekshaw was the first Indian Army officer to be promoted to the rank of Field Marshal. He was one of those persons who thought differently and who dreamed differently. Here are 8 amazing facts about Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw which you probably did not know.

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(1.)  He was trained in the first batch of the Indian Military Academy in 1932. He has earlier wanted to be a doctor, just like his father.

(2.) After achieving a distinction in the School Certificate examination of the Cambridge Board at the age of 15, he asked his father to send him to London to become a Gynaecologist.When his father refused to send him until he was older, in an act of rebellion, Manekshaw took the entrance examination for enrollment into the Indian Military Academy (IMA).

(3.) He took part in five wars for the country – World War II, 1947 Indo-Pak War, 1962 Indo-China War, 1965 Indo-Pak War and 1971 Indo-Pak War.

(4.) He was the tactician behind India’s victory in 1971 war. When he was asked to go to East Pakistan to accept the surrender of the Pakistan Army, he declined and said the honour should go to his army commander in the East, Lt. Gen. Jagjit Singh Aurora.

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(5.) During the fighting around Pagoda Hill, a key position on the left of the Sittang bridgehead in 1942,Manekshaw was hit by a burst of Light Machine Gun fire and was severely wounded in the stomach.Observing the battle, Major General David Cowan, the then commander of the 17th Infantry Division pinned his own Military Cross Ribbon to Manekshaw saying, “A dead person cannot be awarded a Military Cross.”

(6.) Sam was no Great Sportsman. He liked gardening, tending to roses, trimming hedges, manicuring the lawn. He enjoyed playing bridge, with wife Silloo as partner.

(7.) Once after helping an young Indian Army Officer, with his luggage who didn’t recognize Manekshaw, Officer asked “What do you do here ?”.”I everyday help officers like you with their luggage,but i do in my pass time command this Infantry Division” Manekshaw replied.

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(8.) A proud Gorkha officer, he had reportedly commented that “If a man says he is not afraid of dying, he is either lying or he is a Gurkha”.

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