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1971 war hero’s autobiography released

Posted by on June 6, 2011 0 Comment

Hyderabad: “Bash on Regardless” an autobiography of Lt. Gen. W A G Pinto (retired), a veteran in Indian Army, has been released by Lt. Gen. A K Singh, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Southern Command, Pune, at a simple function on Monday.

The book is based on the memoirs and reminisces of the 87 year old General who served in the Indian Army with distinction from 1943 to 1982 retiring as General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Central Command. General Pinto in his book narrated his experiences as a wartime divisional commander during the 1971 war against Pakistan and decisively defeated the Pakistani Assault in the battle of Basantar on western front in Punjab while commanding 54 Infantry Division.

Speaking on the occasion, Lieutenant General A K Singh, the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Southern Command has recounted the illustrious career and his great contribution of General Pinto in different capacities in the Indian Army and said that there is much to learn from his experiences, both in battlefields and peace. Appreciating the Indian Army, he said that the it is the world’s top force with commitment and integrity having secular and professional characters.

General Pinto who was settled in Pune, was present in the function, looking cheerful and active even at the age of 87, narrated his experiences and recounted memories. He said that he preferred to get his book released at Secunderabad, where he served as third GOC at 54 Infantry Division during 1971 to 1974 and participated in the historial1971 operation against Pakistan. Major General Amit Sharma, General Officer Commanding of 54 Division and other senior officers of the armed forces were also present on the occasion.(INN)

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