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Book narrates first-hand account of Kargil War

It was the speed and spontaneity with which the Indian army launched attacks that took the enemy by surprise, leading to victory in 1999 Kargil war, says Lieutenant General Mohinder Puri, who headed the 8 Mountain Division.

Gripping accounts of valour and fortitude from the battle front of the war between India and Pak have been recollected in a new book penned by Puri. The book titled ‘Kargil: Turning the Tide’, which was launched here last evening, is a first-hand narrative of the operations of 8 Mountain Division, which was tasked to evict the enemy from the Drass-Mushkoh Sector during ‘Operation Vijay’.

“We surprised the enemy with the speed and ferocity of our movement. It was the speed with which we conducted the operations and took them totally by surprise, this was one of the reasons why we succeeded in evicting the enemy,” he said.

The then Major-General Puri said how after several failed attempts to capture the pivotal Tololing peak, he had asked his men to attack again the next evening, but by the time he reached his headquarters, India had already conquered the strategic feature.
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