On Dec 16 Vijay Diwas Rehabilitated war tank 1971

M-47-Patton-tankOn December 16 Vijay Diwas aroused for M-47 Patton tank on Tank Bund, one of the 66 tanks that were knocked out by the Indian Army in the 1971 war against Pakistan and gifted to the state govt, This war trophy had become dilapidated said army.

Major General R.K. Jagga, General Officer Commanding, BISON Division, took the initiative to resuscitate this memento. The Army has appealed to citizens of the twin cities to look after this iconic symbol of success and decided to complete this tank by Vijay Diwas.

History:

In 1971, the Indian Army executed one of the most decisive liberation campaigns, wherein, Bangladesh, then East Pakistan, received independence.

In October 1966, the BISON Division, which was raised in Secunderabad, , had launched a swift offensive into the Shakargarh Sector (part of then West Pakistan) and captured 988 square kilometers of Pakistani territory during the 14 days war in Dec1971. In order to commemorate this great victory, Dec16 every year is observed as Vijay Diwas. In order to commemorate this victory and as a token of apploze for the twin cities citizens for their support since the raising of the Division, Major General W.A.G. Pinto, Param Vishisht Seva Medal, General Officer Commanding, BISON Division, had gifted the state govt an M-47 Patton tank, one of the 66 tanks knocked out by the Division in the wake of its swift advance.

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