History – Operation Mandhol – India’s Para Commandos

Map depicting location of Kashmir - contested area on Indian Pakistan border

Operation Mandhol – India’s Para Commandos conducted their first mission in December 1971 when they attacked artillery positions of the Pakistan army. At the time the nations of India and Pakistan were at war over the future of Bangladesh. The Indian force consisted of a company with 6 officers and 120 men of 9 Para Commando. The commandos attacked six artillery positions and destroyed the guns.

Read more about Operation Mandhol:

“We Cherished Surgical Strikes, But Operation Mandhol – First Ever Raid by Para Commandos in 1971 Was Equally Impressive”India Times, December 23, 2016.

“Special Forces of India”, Wikiwand.

“The Parachute Regiment”, a history of the parachute regiment of India.

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