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New Delhi: Our #ShauryaStories series aims to celebrate the bravehearts and inspire real-life role models as we usher in the 72nd Republic Day. Sam Manekshaw, fondly called Sam Bahadur by his fellow soldiers, served as the Chief of the Army Staff of the Indian Army during the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971. He also became the first Indian Army officer to be promoted to the rank of field marshal. The title of the Field Marshal was conferred to him in January 1973. 

Manekshaw was born as Sam Hormusji Framji Jamshedji on April 3, 1914 in Amritsar, Punjab. He fought five wars during his career including World War II, the India-Pakistan war of partition, the Sino-Indian War (1962), and the 1965 and 1971 India-Pakistan wars.

India’s victory in the 1971 war led to the birth of Bangladesh (then East Pakistan). Manekshaw showed extraordinary military planning skills during the war. On December 9, 11 and 15. He addressed the Pakistani troops by radio broadcast and assured them that in case they surrender, they would receive honourable treatment from the Indian troops, reportedly.

The war, which lasted for 13 days, ended after chief of the Pakistani forces, General Amir Abdullah Khan…

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