Battle of Chamb and Dogra

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Battle of Chamb and Dogra
Part of the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965
Date September 1965
Location Chamb about 15-20km Eastwards from Bhimber and Dogra, Azad Jammu and Kashmir (Pakistan)
Belligerents
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Pakistan
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India
Casualties and losses
unknown

The post of Borajal is at the intersection of Azad Kashmir and Indian controlled Kashmir at the height of 950 feet from sea level. The surrounding area is flat also the border of Pakistan and Azad Kashmir make this point very important from Indian defensive point of view the whole can be scanned and look aftered. The whole position was constructed well two storey pill boxes in semi circle positions with ground floor rise two feet above the surface all these pill boxes are inter connected with tunnels and passageways so the defenders can move freely during the battle. Small openings were cut in the walls to fire upon assaulting troops Light and medium machine guns were installed with kill zones. Along with this considerable supplies of food ammunition and weapons were stock piled with the view that in case post surrounded fight will continue for a long period of time until reinforcements arrived.

The position is like a small fortress with thick barbe wire and mines. At 1 September 1965 03:30 hrs, Pakistani Artillery Started shelling the Indian Positions of Chamb, Dewa, Mandiala and Munawar, which continued till 05:00 hrs. After the shelling the first light Pakistani & Azad Kashmiri forces crossed the Line of Control, invaded the city of Chamb, and this marked the beginning of the Battle of Chamb. Pakistani infantry supported by M48 Patton tanks advanced towards Indian-held Chamb. This operation was a complete surprise as the Indian Army was unable to reinforce their position and had to withdraw. Heavy fighting took place around the military posts of Mandiala and Munawar. Ninety Indian Army transport vehicles, thirteen Artillery guns and fifteen AMX tanks in operational conditions were captured by the Pakistani army. One of the Artillery guns was awarded to the Artillery regiment of the Pakistani army who took part in battle of Chamb and named Chamb Rani by that unit. Both forces returned to their previous positions after the Ceasefire and Tashkent Declaration.[1]

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  1. ^ Joshi, Srivastava. International Realations. Krishna Prakashan Media. p. 239.