Indian army officials on Saturday (27 November) displayed three captured Pakistani tanks and ammunition after last week's border tank battle in which the Indian forces claimed to have destroyed eleven American-built tanks for the loss of one damaged vehicle.
GV David Sells beside captured tanks SOF in "Booty of a battle..
SCU Ammunition, arms (3 shots)
SCU Captured tanks
MV Captured Pakistani American-built tank
SCU Indian Russian-built tank
MLS Photographer standing on tank
MV Pressmen photographing tanks and ammunition
CU Colonel in Indian army being interviewed
MV Tank TILT DOWN AND ZOOM IN TO ammunition and weapons (2 shots)
CU Recoil-less ammunition and Chinese origin (2 shots)
MCS Mortar bombs and other ammunition (2 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 8): SELLS: Colonel, how far away from here did the tank battle take place?
COLONEL: Tank battle took place between the border and an area three to five miles inside. It was a running battle.
SELLS: How did you come to attack them?
COLONEL: Well, they came up to the border on the morning of 21st and they opened fire on us and we sent our own troops around to outflank them from the right and move off to Galipur and that is where the battle occurred.
SELLS: What about your own tanks, did you suffer any casualties?
COLONEL: We suffered one tank injured.
Initials OS/130 OS/142
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: Indian army officials on Saturday (27 November) displayed three captured Pakistani tanks and ammunition after last week's border tank battle in which the Indian forces claimed to have destroyed eleven American-built tanks for the loss of one damaged vehicle.
It was shortly after last week's battle that Indian Prime Minister. Mrs. Indira Gandhi, announced that Indian troops could cross the border in self-defence.
Among the arms and ammunition the army claimed to have captured with the three tanks were Chinese-made recoil-less rifle ammunition.
David Sella, a reporter for the British Broadcasting Corporation, interviewed the Indian Tank Squadron Commander during the arms display to pressmen. The film is supplied with David Sell's commentary, in English, which may be used if required. A transcript of this appears below.
Booty of a battle between India and Pakistan though neither country has yet declared a war. A visit by courtesy of the Indian army to see arms, ammunition and three light Pakistani tanks captured a weak ago after a fight between two armoured squadrons. Pakistan's American-built M-24 Chafees versus India's Russian built PT-76's. India claims three tanks captured a further eleven destroyed, admits to only one Indian tank damaged. The fight, India says, took place five miles across the frontier inside East Pakistan. Afterwards, Mrs. Gandhi coined a new rule -- Indian troops may cross the frontier, provided it's in self-defence.
Certainly not the whole story. The weapons themselves were a job lot. Rifles, recoil-less rifle ammunition with Chinese origin prominent, mortar shells, and a whole assortment of ammunition -- all picked up, we were told, on the other side of the border.
SYNOPSIS: Foreign newsmen were shown three Pakistani tanks and large quantities of ammunition at the Indian town of Boyra, about five miles from the border with East Pakistan, on Saturday. The Indian army claimed to have captured the weapons during last week's tank battle on the border not far from this town. The Indians claim it was a battle between two tank squadrons -- Pakistan's American-built M-24 Chafees and India's Russian-made PT-76's.
The battle took place, India has said, five miles inside the East Pakistani border. Afterwards Mrs Gandhi announced that Indian troops could cross the border to fight, but only in self-defence, BBC reporter David Sells interviewed the commander of the Indian tank squadron for his description of the fighting.
The weapons the Indians claim to have captured inside the border were an assorted collection. There were rifles and light machine guns, and large quantities of ammunition. The Indian army officers also pointed out ammunition for Chinese-made recoil-less rifles, which they claimed the Pakistani forces were using against them during the battle.