Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw
India second field marshal
Here’s a timeline of life: Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw
- 1914 – Born in Amritsar, Punjab, British India
- 1930 – Setting his eyes on becoming a doctor, he asked his father to send him to England to study medicine. His father felt Sam was too young to be on his own and refused to send him until he was older. The teenager was upset that his father refused and in rebellion, he decided to appear for the entrance examination for enrollment into the Indian Military Academy (IMA).
- 1932 – His entrance test went off well and he soon became a part of the intake of 40 cadets at IMA
- 1937 – He met Silloo Bode at a social gathering in Lahore
- 1939 – The couple got married in April 1939 and had two daughters
- 1934 – immediately commissioned as a second lieutenant in the British Indian Army.
- 1942 – He served in Burma during the World War II, where he was on the campaign on the Sittang River with the 4/12 Frontier Force Regiment. He was a Captain at that time.
- 1943 – He attended the 8th Staff Course at Staff College
- 1944 – Posted as the Brigade Major of the Razmak brigade.
- 1946 – He was sent to serve on General Daisy’s staff in Indo-China towards the end of World War II. There he helped to repatriate over 10, 000 former Prisoners of War (PoW).
- 1969 – He succeeded General Kumaramangalam as the eight COAS (Chief Of Army Staff)
- 1971 – Went to the historic war against Pakistan
- 1972 – He was honored with the Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian award in the Republic of India in 1972 for his services towards the country.
- 1973 – He was elevated to the rank of Field Marshall
- 1973 – he retired from active service
- 1974 to 2008 – After retirement went on to serve as the director and chairman of several companies, taking forward his legacy of discipline and hard work.
- 2008 – Dies at the age of 94 Wellington, Tamil Nadu, India
Mankeshaw did not want Indian Army to get into the brutal trend of dishonoring and raping women in a defeated land. So he advised his army “WHEN YOU SEE A BEGUM, KEEP YOUR HANDS IN POCKET AND THINK OF SAM .”