@ Dear Armstrong, more I read the above statement of Colonel (Retd) Nazir Ahmed, more I became trilled, surprised, amazed. You see still he could remember the names of the areas correctly, could spell correctly and the direction is also absolutely correct. How could he and his troops could travel in those marshy areas. More so, in those days there were hardly any bridge or culverts were available. These people are legend not only for Pakistan but for BANGLADESH also. I salute this Colonel. Please convey my best regards to him. You see he also fought at Hilli Battle where the Allied Forces were delayed for 20 days. I think, that was the reason why Brig Tozammel did not wants to surrender. Probably people like Colonel Nazir Ahmed was there with him. I liked the fighting spirit of this Brig Tajammul Hussain Malik. You know Arnstrong this Brig was sitting at GHQ, Rawalpindi and monitoring the battle situation till October 1971. Once he saw that there was a casualty of 30/40 everyday in the than East Pakistan he could not stopped himself and was volunteer to be posted in East Pakistan. Soon he came, pacified the local people, trained his troops to its highest extend, fought to the last but did not surrendered though ordered by General Niazi. Finally once he was moving to his tactical HQ to Noagaon from Bogra he was ambushed and seriously injured and was captured. During those critical days once other General were positioned themselves inside over head protected under ground command post. This poor Brigadier was moving with his small command element inside the streets of Bogra Town with full zeal and enthusiasm and inspiring the Biharis and local people to fight till the last. Under the leadership of this Brig, the Battle of Hilly has become legend in the history. Still people come to see this area. I think now we have to preserve this area. In the present situation in context with Bangladesh we need people like Colonel Nazir Ahmed and Brigadier Tazammal Hossain Malik.
Originally Posted by Armstrong
- 205th Infantry Brigade: Brig. Tajammul Hussain Malik HQ: Bogra (Tac HQ – Chatni in 4 FF area)
- 32nd Baluch – Ghoraghat
- 4 Frontier Force – Hilli
- 8 Baluch – Jaipurhut
- C Coy 34 Punjab (R&S) at Hilli/Panjbibi
@ Armstrong, don not go with the idea that your troops had not fought in this rain prone area. Even after fighting with initial resistance against the deflectors, than with the insurgents and finally with the combined forces of India and Bangladesh, your troops displayed a good performance. Your another Brig Hayat also fought with the Indians at Khulna sector till the last. I was surprised to read even under these critical situation your Command structure could follow the Battle Procedure like the final execution of Denial Plan. Some of the good examples were demolishing all bridges, burning of Pakistani notes almost in all Districts, destroying the heavy equipments including the aircraft, burning the oil, drowning the battle ships and finally shifting the golds/money along with women and children with the squadron of Helicopters to Burma. What a trained soldier you had !!!!!!!!!!!!Give me a break!!!!!