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Diesel Smoke

Diesel Smoke

The unique bond between a man and his steed is as old as time itself. More accurately, it goes back to the time when man first domesticated animals and, in addition to new source of food, found a better way to move around than walking. Very soon he realized that fighting from the back of a horse, camel or elephant gave him a distinct edge over unmounted opponents. The speed, reach and elevation of mounted … Read entire article »

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The Missing Tank

The intriguing tale of a train that went missing for 17 days reminded me of a similar mystery involving a tank that went missing many years ago at the Armoured Corps Centre and School, Ahmadnagar. The incident was narrated to me by the officer who was one of the dramatis personae. The narrator was posted to the Automotive Regiment as Technical Officer, responsible for maintenance of the 300 odd tanks on charge of the Regiment, and detailing them for various training events. A few days after he had taken over the appointment, his Technical JCO reported that one of the tanks on their charge was ‘missing’. Thinking his ears were playing tricks, he asked the JCO to repeat himself, but there was no mistake. The JCO had made all possible … Read entire article »

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An Ode to Black Dungarees

An Ode to Black Dungarees

It was an incongruous sight to see the diminutive figure of the President and Supreme Commander of Indian Armed Forces, mounted on a T 90 tank wearing Black Dungarees, during her recent visit to Exercise Sudarshan Shakti. The Army Chief, sitting next to her, was similarly attired. The incongruity was not in the figures themselves, who had all the right to be where they were. It was in their attire. The cherished black overalls, once … Read entire article »

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