Indian Army on Saturday paid their rich tributes to Field Marshal Sam Hormusji Framji Jamshedji Manekshaw, popularly known as Sam Manekshaw and as Sam Bahadur, on his death anniversary.
“General MM Naravane #COAS and all ranks of #IndianArmy pay homage and rich tribute to Field Marshal SHFJ Manekshaw (3 Apr 14 – 27 Jun 08) on his death anniversary. He led the Indian Army in the Victory of #1971 war,” tweeted Indian Army.
Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw was India’s one of the greatest officers who led the Indian Army in 1971 in defeating Pakistani Army.
Sam Manekshaw died at the age of 94 on June 27, 2008, at Wellington in Tamil Nadu.
Sam Manekshaw was the Chief of the Army Staff of the Indian Army during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, and the first Indian Army officer to be promoted to the rank of field marshal. His military career spanned four decades and five wars, beginning with service in the British Indian Army in World War II.
Under his command, Indian forces conducted victorious campaigns against Pakistan in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, which led to the creation of Bangladesh in December 1971. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan and the Padma Bhushan, the second and third highest civilian awards of India. In January 1973, Manekshaw was conferred with the rank of Field Marshal, the first army officer of independent India to be so honoured.