India had these challenges:
- India had lost a war against China in 1962
- Pandit Nehru had died in 1964
- Pakistan saw this as an opportune moment to strike against India
The Most Scoring Part of the Battle was:
This battle is of significance largely due to the fact that it was the battle which turned the tide of the 1965 war towards India. Until this point, Pakistan had made significant territorial gains. However it was with this battle, one involving some amazing tactical moves on part of India, that boosted the morale of the Armed Forces to such an extent that by the time the ceasefire was implemented, Indian forces had reached Lahore.
Some important points to note are:
- Pakistan in 1965 had superior artillery as compared to India
- Pakistan was at its strongest in terms of military preparation and countrywide stability
- India was still recovering from the military loss to China and the loss of one of its greatest leader post Independence and a Prime Minister of 14 years
What this War was actually about?
This was a war which due to its short tenure let it have a camouflage as somewhat for its distinctions with no claim laid on victories.
Both the countries desisted from making attacks damaging civic property and important harbour points , to an extent the countries were safeguarding against the sensitivities of each other and that was a sort of strength & at the same time was taking advantage of what best both of them could make use of before running out of time.
We have acted,when challenged as a nation.
I was re-living my days going through my notes,it caught my fancy,”war that was not to happen to.”