What Does Pakistan Army Think of Indian Army- True Incident During 1971 War


During a war, both the armies face each other and they are supposed to finish each other’s enemy. During every war, there are radio transmission which are tracked by enemy forces and they speak a lot of truth in it.

Vijay Rajdhan, a retired army soldier on Quora writes about what he heard on the radio transmission when the war was going on.

My experience is 47 years old based on experiences in Bangladesh.

Our unit was attacking a Pakistani position at 0900 hrs, in broad day-light. Our commanding officer a gallant soldier accompanied the assaulting companies’ leading echelons. (He was awarded an MVC during this war) During our attack our radio operator intercepted a transmission exchanged between two Pakistani radio stations, where one was advising the other. The exchanged message was, ” In gorkhon say bach kay rehna, inka CO to bilkul pagal hai, apni assault companio kay sath agay agay sub jaghan pahunch jata hai”.

(Meaning: Beware of these Gorkhas. Their CO is completely mad. He reaches everywhere leading his assaulting troops.) Our Unit, a Gorkha battalion was the only Gorkha unit operating in the formation.

That was one opinion of a Pakistani radio operator, probably a soldier. They did have a healthy respect of Gorkha troops of our Army.

1971 war

Later, our unit had a chance to speak to some JCOs of the Pakistan Army after the cease fire. A Subedar Major (who would have risen from sepoy in nearly 30 years) commented, “Sahab, agar hamaray jawanon ko aap logon kay jaisay young afsar mil jayen to duniya ki koi bhi fauj aisi fauj ko nahin harra sakti”.

(Meaning, if our men could have young officers like you have, no one in the world would be able to beat such an army).

This is yet another opinion of an old soldier of Pakistan Army on the quality of young leadership in Indian Army. Lower ranks of Pakistan Army acknowledged that young leadership in our army was superior.

Professionals will never underestimate the opposing side. I wonder how things stand today after nearly half a century.