Wellington, June 28, 2020: A wreath laying ceremony was organised by Defence Serv-ices Staff College, Welling-ton on June 27 at the Parsi Zoroastrian Ceme-tery, Udhagamandalam to commemorate 12th death anniversary of Field Mar-shal SHFJ Manekshaw, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, MC.
On behalf of the tri-serv-ices, Lt Gen YVK Mohan, AVSM, SM, VSM, Com-mandant Defence Services Staff College, Wellington laid a wreath at the final resting place amidst local Parsi community.
Field Marshal Manek-shaw was born on April 3, 1914 at Amritsar. He had a military career spanning over 4 decades.
As a young Captain in WW-II, he saw action in Burma and was severely wounded. He was awarded the Military Cross in 1942 for the conspicuous gal-lantry displayed in the face of enemy. During 1946-47 Field Marshal Manekshaw was posted in Military Operations Directorate and oversaw the planning and administration of vari-ous issue related to parti-tion.
As Corps Commander during the 1962 opera-tions, he demonstrated leadership and positively impacted the conduct of operations. He was also the Commandant of Infantry School, Mhow and Defence Services Staff Col-lege, Wellington. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1968.
Field Marshal Manekshaw took over as Chief of Army Staff on January 8, 1969. He successfully crafted India’s greatest military triumph by leading the Indian Army into the 1971 Operations and the liberation of Bangladesh within a short duration of 13 days. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 1972. He was elevated to Field Marshal on January 15, 1973. He breathed his last on June 27, 2008.