SPECIAL FRONTIER FORCE – OPERATION EAGLE 1971 AND VIETNAM WAR :
The military action in the Chittagong Hill Tracts that initiated the Liberation of Bangladesh during 1971 is known as Operation Eagle. It was a very modest military battle as compared to the Vietnam War. However, a comparison must be made to understand the use of Infantry to defeat enemy to obtain a political objective. The U.S. Army may not be aware of Operation Eagle where I had used U.S. military equipment, field gear, and U.S. Military Field Rations-Meals Ready to Eat or MREs.
The military objectives of the Vietnam War could not be accomplished because of the reliance placed upon aerial bombardment to defeat the enemy. Operation Eagle was small in its scope and size. But, it did not rely upon the use of aerial bombardment. We operated on a ‘manpack’ basis, went in search of enemy positions, and had directly challenged the enemy at his own post. United States had failed to attack the enemy on the ground during Vietnam War. To defend South Vietnam, the military strategy and planning would call for Infantry attacks on the enemy inside North Vietnam. United States had used more bombs as compared to the number of bombs that were dropped during the Second World War and yet could not dislodge the enemy from his entrenched positions. We need to fight and engage the enemy on the ground. Secondly, during Nixon’s presidency(1969-1974), while engaged in War, the President conceded the battle by befriending the Enemy.
OPERATION EAGLE 1971 AND VIETNAM WAR INFANTRY WEAPONS AND FIELD GEAR :
A military action by Infantry is best understood by examining the weapons that are used. During Operation Eagle 1971 and the Vietnam War, the Infantry had used the same kinds of Infantry weapons. We must ignore the sophisticated technology and the firepower of United States Navy and Air Force. The battle must be won on the ground. During Operation Eagle 1971 we had used the same Infantry weapons, equipment, and other supplies more effectively in our battle as compared to U.S.
Army in its combat missions against its enemy in Vietnam. We had not used helicopters as gunships or to attack the enemy in support of ground troops. I would like to share some of the photo images of the Infantry Weapons and equipment that were used in Vietnam War and which I had seen during Operation Eagle 1971.
WAR AND PEACE – A FAILURE OF U.S. DIPLOMACY :
United States failed in Vietnam as it failed to develop a clear vision to achieve its goal of resisting and containing the expansion of Communist Power in Southeast Asia. U.S. efforts to stop the spread of Communism got derailed by Dr. Henry Kissinger who had chosen the option of backstabbing people who were supporting the United States in its global mission to oppose Communism using both diplomatic, and military interventions. U.S. had given away a lot during the Peace Talks basically defeating the accomplishments of its military and literally ridiculing their sacrifices. The several concessions given to Peoples’ Republic of China to win its cooperation to stop the flow of military assistance to North Vietnam had totally failed. The establishment of U.S. – China relations gave no advantage to the United States for its War in Vietnam. United States had added insult to its own injuries by seeking the support of Communist China to attack India across its Himalayan frontier in the North East Frontier Agency to stop India in its efforts to liberate Bangladesh during 1971.
THE BALD EAGLE AND THE GOLDEN EAGLE CONNECTION :
Myself and the men of my Unit had participated in Operation Eagle during 1971-72 to gain practical experience of Infantry Combat Operations to fight with Communists in a future battle. The Operation Eagle 1971-72 was inclined towards peace. It intended to deliver peace to the people of Bangladesh who had declared their independence from Pakistan during March 1971. The War in Vietnam is over and yet the threat of Communism still persists in Southeast Asia. To deliver peace to people of Southeast Asia, United States must learn from its failure in Vietnam. The failure was not that of the US Army which had willingly sacrificed the lives of over 58,000 of its fighting men and women. The US political leadership had failed the US military mission in Vietnam. United States must seek assistance from the people of Southeast Asia and fight its enemy on the ground and dislodge the enemy in a ground battle.
Dr. R. R. Narasimham, B.Sc., M.B.B.S., Service Number. MS-8466, Rank. CAPTAIN, Branch. Army Medical Corps/Short Service Regular Commission. Designation. Medical Officer, South Column Operation Eagle 1971-72. Unit. Headquarters Establishment No. 22 C/O 56 APO. Military Organization:Special Frontier Force.
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