SPECIAL FRONTIER FORCE – OPERATION EAGLE – LIBERATION WAR OF BANGLADESH 1971:
Indira Gandhi, Prime Minister of India had initiated Liberation of Bangladesh during 1971 with military action in Chittagong Hill Tracts. This battle plan is known as Operation Eagle.
In this picture, I have no medal ribbons to display. The medals for participation in the Indo-Pak War of 1971 had arrived later.
General Sujan Singh Uban had narrated his story in his book titled ‘The Phantoms of Chittagong : The Fifth Army in Bangladesh.
General T S Oberoi had exuded a natural sense of affection and warmth for he had truly cared about the men under his Command and this is a quality that men would seek in the Chief of Army Staff and he was denied that opportunity. Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi made a political choice and had appointed General K S Sundarji as the Chief of Army Staff. General T S Oberoi, the senior Army Commander, had to unfortunately retire from Service in 1985 and was appointed as the Lieutenant Governor of the Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands and served in that capacity until 1989.
I am pleased to claim that I had established an entirely new record in providing medical support to the battle wounded in an operational area of Chittagong Hill Tracts during Operation Eagle 1971, Liberation War of Bangladesh. To provide medical support to the battle casualties, I had reached the casualties at the enemy post that we had just captured. I was the only Army Medical Corps person on the ground. We had no stretchers, blankets, and resuscitation fluids. The casualties could not be airlifted as per the prior Medical Evacuation Plan. The men felt outraged. I had comforted them with my assurance that I would accompany them to the nearest helipad that was located over forty miles away at the Border Security Force outpost of Bonapansuria near the border in the Indian Mizo Hills. The men prepared improvised stretchers. We had no Infantry Officer to accompany us. A party of about 65 men, a Bangla Refugee as a guide, carried all the battle casualties in stretchers and had camped overnight in the forest and had reached the helipad at Bonapansuria the next day morning. I had acted as the Medical Officer, the Nursing Assistant, and an Ambulance Assistant for the battle wounded during this foot journey through the difficult hilly and forest terrain. They had reached the Field Hospital in Lungleh in very good spirits and in a stable condition in spite of being critically wounded.
The sense of resolve, determination, and confidence with which I had accompanied my patients and had performed a foot journey walking over forty miles through the forests of Chittagong Hill Tracts during Operation Eagle 1971 had given the sense of comfort and reassurance the men needed to boost up their morale. In the medical evacuation of battle casualties from the battle field, Army Medical Corps typically uses several Nursing Assistants and Ambulance Assistants who perform a variety of tasks. I had the unique privilege to perform their duties for I have a true sense of appreciation for the valuable services they render in providing patient care and comfort. I had actually self-learned the tasks they perform and knew it would be of a great value and an asset for my success as a Medical officer of Indian Army.
Dr. R. R. Narasimham, B.Sc., M.B.B.S.,
Ex- Number. MS-8466 Rank. LIEUTENANT/CAPTAIN AMC/SSC
Medical Officer South Column Operation Eagle 1971
Headquarters Establishment No. 22 C/O 56 APO
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4. India and Iran – What is the Connection ? – January 28, 2008
5. The Spirit of a Jew – Revisiting the Birth of Bangladesh – February 10, 2009
6. The Victory over Death – The Psychology of Warfare – July 13, 2009
7. The Phantoms of Chittagong – A Story from Chittagong Hill Tracts – August 17, 2009
8. The Medical Plan for Fifth Army in Bangladesh – The Experience of Madhurya in Chittagong Hill Tracts – August 18, 2009
9. Award of Gallantry Awards – Indo-Pak War of 1971 – August 25, 2009
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- Operation Eagle – a Letter to Union Minister of State for Defence (bhavanajagat.wordpress.com)
- Operation Eagle – a Demand for Justice From Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India (bhavanajagat.wordpress.com)
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Very inspiring story. We need men like you in India.
I am sorry that you didn’t receive the recognition that you deserved for your role in 1971 Bangladesh war. I salute you for your valour.
However, you never mentioned about the important roles played by the Tibetan refugees of the Special Frontier Force (SFF) along Chittagong Hill Tracts during the war. SFF had lost 56 men and had 190 wounded (all were Tibetans). Don’t you think it’s unfair of you not giving recognition those brave Tibetans in you blog while you are complaining about not getting enough recognition for yourself.
Tashi, Thanks for sharing your thoughts. You may be forgetting the fact that I was the Medical Officer who had counted the dead and had treated the wounded. Do not give me those numbers which you have picked up from some unknown and unreliable sources. Do not depend upon people who have not witnessed the battle. I want to again emphasize the fact that we all exist in this world because of a Fundamental Force of Mercy and Compassion which I have described as “KRUPA”. I am seeking a recognition for that FORCE/POWER/ENERGY which had uplifted me and had supported my mission.
This war of bangla desh was fought and we at a remote place in Maharashtra got excited by hearing news of atrocities on hindus and bengalis during December 1971 war. what would have been the reaction of our armed forces who witnessed these events. My nearest relative who participated in actual war from AGARTALA in Tripura. Indira Gandhi was absolutely correct and justfied in her actions of sending Special Force to neutralise these atrocities which were totally neglected by US, Nixon and Kissinger at that critical time.
Thanks for visiting the page and sharing your views and concerns about the humanitarian problems that had culminated in the Indo-Pak War of 1971.
I am “UNFIT” to join Indian Army.
I am sorry to read that you are “UNFIT” to serve in Indian Army. However, I appreciate your desire to serve in Indian Army.
I respect Indian Army, my salute to them , but all Chittagong Hill Tracts JUMMA people has same question. Why they didn’t help us to be part of greater India? Still we love to be part of India.
Dear Mr. Paran,
Thanks for visiting this page. Kindly let me know the name of the people whose concerns are of interest to you. Man must always seek to find Peace, Harmony, and Tranquility in his own living experience and in his interactions with others in his social community.
Thanks for sharing the lesser known facts about the 1971 War. Good photos as well.
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