In December 1971 Bangladesh was born. Its birthing was among the most painful of any new nation: it had suffered a brutal genocide conducted by its former countrymen from West Pakistan and a war for liberation fought between the indigenous Mukti Bahini (Liberation Army) and the Indian Armed Forces on one side and the West Pakistani Armed Forces on the other. Open war broke out on the Western and Eastern fronts in December 1971. The war ended quickly, with the West Pakistani Army surrendering in Dacca two weeks later. A significant factor in facilitating the Indian Armys rapid progress to Dacca was the Indian Air Force (IAF) which proved itself to be a formidable fighting force. Eagles over Bangladesh: The Indian Air Force in the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War recounts the IAF offensive over Bangladesh, commencing with the raids on Dacca on the first day of the war and moving on to the final coup de grace delivered on the Governors House in Dacca. It aims to fill in the gaps regarding a military conflict that took place almost four decades ago. Eagles Over Bangladesh The Indian Air Force in the 1971 Liberation War P V S Jagan Mohan and Samir Chopra
About the Author
Samir Chopra is Professor of Philosophy at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. P V S Jagan Mohan is a military historian. He has written for Vayu Aerospace Review, the Journal of the Society of Aerospace Studies in India, his photographs have been published in India Today, Indian Express, Air Forces Monthly, Air International, Aeroplane Magazine, Flypast, Flugzeug Classic, Classic Wings Down Under and Wiraze. He maintains a website devoted to vintage aircraft.