Pakistani accounts always contradicted what Indians stated according to Brigadier Zahir Alam Khan only 18 T-59 tanks were lost, and that the advance only stopped due to 4 Iandian Air Force Mk 5.5 Hawker Hunters. According to Brig.Zahir all went wronge because the attacking for carrying out Operation Labaik werent adequatly armed.There were engineering battalions to support and inadequate artillery (just 4 guns) and just 5 anti-aircraft guns which too got jammed in the desert. Tanks got bogged down and became an easy target for the IAF Hunters. BUT! There was no army to army contact!
General Abdul Muqeem Khan , in his book ‘Crisis of Leadership in Pakistan’, mentions that large number of vehicles, tanks and guns got bogged in sand. The enemy was the master of skies and destroyed 18 tanks and other vehicles at his leisure.
|One of the own-destroyed T-59 left in Rajistan.|
In 2008 almost 37 years after the end of Third Indo-Pak War 1971, even Indians started to accept the reality. Maj.Gen.Khambatta GOC 12 Infantry Division accepts that there was no army to army combat! Even Maj. Gen.Atma Singh Hansara goes to the extent saying Pakistanis suffered no losses in men except for tanks. Air Marshall Bawa Singh who was then a Wing Commander states there was no contact between opposing forces at all. When he went to Longewala post he saw Chanpuri hiding in a trech when Chanpuri saw someone comming he lept thinking it was a Pakistani wanting to take him Pow!
Further details could be studied from an Indian site in which Indian sources themselves completely deny any army to army contact between both the sides.http://archive.tehelka.com/story_main38.asp?filename=Ne150308the_truth.asp