On 16th December Vijay Diwas 2020 was celebrated by Central Command in memory of the biggest military victory by the Indian Army.
‘SMRITIKA War Memorial’ in Lucknow Cantonment was in resplendent glory today, when the brave soldiers of the three services of the Armed Forces, who gave the nation its biggest military victory on 16 December 1971, were remembered and honored.
The day began with a solemn wreath-laying ceremony at SMRITIKA War Memorial. Lieutenant General MU Nair, Chief of Staff (COS), Central Command accompanied by officers and soldiers of Lucknow Garrison paid rich floral tributes and laid wreaths at the Memorial amidst soul-stirring patriotic tunes played by the military band. The General Officer saluted the martyrs and two minutes of silence was observed. On this day in 1971, the Chief of the Pakistani forces, General Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi, along with 93,000 troops, surrendered to the allied forces comprised of the Indian Army and Mukti Bahini, led by General Jagjit Singh Arora of India in the Romna Race Course, now Suhrawardy Udyan, in Dhaka after their defeat in the war. The war which commenced on 03 Dec 1971 and lasted only 14 days, stripped Pakistan of more than half of its population and nearly one-third of its Army was taken into captivity. The Indian Army personnel fought with exceptional valor in this war on both Eastern and Western fronts and registered one of the most spectacular victories ever achieved in world military history.
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