Vijay Diwas, to commemorate India’s splendid victory over Pakistani forces in 1971, will be celebrated with customary fervour at National War Memorial Pune on 16 December 2015. Lt Gen Ashok Singh, PVSM, AVSM, SM, VSM, ADC, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Command and War Veterans will lay wreaths at the National War Memorial in memory of the brave martyrs of Indian Armed Forces who gave their yesterday for our today and tomorrow.
Indo-Pak war of 1971 is seen as one of the most spectacular war of modern times where India as a country surprised the entire world with its grand strategy that took East Pakistan by storm and resulted into creation of a new country, Bangladesh. The objective was to create conditions for return of tens of millions of refugees to their homeland. The brilliantly conceived and executed campaign along with brave warriors willing to prove their grit on the battlefield, led to the defeat of Pakistan. Pakistan suffered a military defeat leading to 90,000 of her soldiers becoming prisoners of war. However, 3,843 Indian soldiers, sailors and airmen were lost during this campaign.
On the auspicious occasion, the Southern Army Commander will also inaugurate a museum adjacent to National War Memorial, which will give a deep insight into the glorious achievement of our armed forces in various battles and war. The event will also include release of a “Compendium on War Memorials in Southern Theatre”, which puts together basic information on these memorials built at various places in the Southern Theatre so that our future generations are inspired by the saga of these brave sons of the soil.