• Short Summary

    On the night of 3rd & 4th December, Pakistan waged a massive attack on Indian position in Poonch.

  • Description

    On the night of 3rd & 4th December, Pakistan waged a massive attack on Indian position in Poonch. Seven battalions were put into operation. Using Chinese tactics, they made six attack???. They even sent a battalion down the hill across the valley between the Indian and Pakistani positions to the town of Punch where they hoped they could get support from the local population who are predominantly Muslims. This tactic not only failed but on the other hand these infiltrators were apprehended by the local people and handed over to the army. Since then there are a number of these infiltrators, who spread around and have been caught. With only seven days ration provided to them, some of them in their desperate efforts to get some food from homes or shops got themselves into the hands of the local/ police or army. The operation cost the Pakistan army a sizeable number of dead, a thousand being a conservative estimate. The Sikhs and Rajputana Rifle get the credit in repelling the Pakistan attack. Indiscriminate shelling continues in which a ward in the Civil Hospital at Poonch was damaged yesterday. It is felt that Pakistan may not have enough men and ammunition to launch another similar attack immediately. A number of arms with Chinese and American markings were captured. The Indian defence is very strong and with the increased confidence they have gained ??? repelling this massive attack the chances of Pakistan thrust into Indian territory is very remote indeed.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEA5S8FDZAA9U2YZQF6TLBH8NI
    Media URN:
    VLVAEA5S8FDZAA9U2YZQF6TLBH8NI
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/12/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:06:20:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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