Jagjit Singh Aurora

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Jagjit Singh Aurora (born February 13, 1916 in Kalle Gujjran , Punjab , British India ; † May 3, 2005 in New Delhi ) was a Lieutenant General of the Indian Armed Forces and was one of the architects of the victory of India in the 1971 Bangladesh War .


The Sikh Aurora was born in the village of Kalle Gujjran in the Jhelam district. He joined in 1939 in the military service of the British Indian Army and took during World War II in combat action in Burma , now Myanmar , in part.

He already took part in the First Indo-Pakistani War between 1947 and 1949 and from August to September 1965 in the Second Indo-Pakistani War , each of which concerned claims raised by the two states against Kashmir . In between 1961, Brigadier General was head of the military and liaison mission in Bhutan .

During the Third Indo-Pakistani War, the so-called Bangladesh War, he was Lieutenant General and Commander of the Eastern Command of the Indian Armed Forces in December 1971, and led them to victory against Pakistan together with guerrilla units from what was then East Pakistan . He secured the surrender of around 90,000 Pakistani soldiers and thus ultimately paved the way for Bangladesh's sovereignty from Pakistan on December 16, 1971. In 1973 he retired .

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  1. Sainik Samachar, Volume 52 . India. Ministry of Defense, 2005 ( limited preview in Google book search).