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The Ladakh Clashes between The Chinese and Indians
Thursday, June 18, 2020
Via WhatsApp: I have a lot of respect for the Chinese and Indian soldiers. They held firm to their orders not to use their assault weapons.
Even though their comrades died. It's the highest standard of discipline as per their rules of engagement. Not any Military does that. This is a first.
From my friend from many years ago, 1994 from the Jammu Kashmir Light Infantry Regiment (JAKLI) aka Sherwani Regiment. Met him in Xuddur near the Ethiopian Border during my World food Program Runs. Whilst in Somalia from December 1993 until July of 1994. I knew this Officer very well and stayed in touch with him for all these years. Gave him my Malaysian Army raincoat and shotgun rounds which were from the Norwegian Army, I got that from the Norcoy (Norwegian Company).
He has retired a long time ago from the Indian Military. He got this from his former subordinates. This is not the official version. Yesterday afternoon there was a disengagement meeting. It went well. In the evening 2 patrols went to verify that the disengagement had in fact been carried out. Note this does not reflect LAC claims - each was meant to withdraw 2-3 kilometres back to their permanent outposts.
The first smaller patrol did in fact as speculated in the quoted tweets, come across the Chinese staying put. A fight broke out, at the edge of a narrow mountain path on the side of a steep feature. The initial Chinese patrol was much bigger and some of our soldiers had been taken. Within minutes the Indian second patrol joined in to help. Then within 15-20 mins the second Chinese patrol also joined in. Remember this is a precarious trail and  by the time both patrols of both countries joined in there was a virtual melee.
This was compounded by the fact the initial deaths meant there was absolutely no backing down for either side. In the end reinforcements were called up. The fight blew up to about 200-300 men. the bad news is several of our men did fall into the ravine. Having happened at night and with chest deep water recovery operations have been hampered. Also due to their sheer superiority of numbers, part of the ridge collapse under the weight of the Chinese.
Total casualties on the Chinese side are expected to be around 40-50, significant fatalities given the sheer drop and jagged rocks. Indian fatalities also resulted from pushing off the ridge as indicated earlier in the quoted tweet, our fatality numbers will rise. Efforts on to ascertain if the missing are apprehended or fell into the ravine. Itā€™s probably better news if they are in fact hostages, the Chinese CO is also among the Chinese dead.
Apparently during the ā€œlandslideā€ or whatever it was,  resulted in most of the Chinese casualties.
At an AF Base certain. There are small nimble aircrafts indigenous to India with a significant air to air capability. IAF has deployed units closer to LAC. ChiComs are not expecting small nimble fast aircraft carrying a big stick
The Indian Navy is forward deploying towards Malacca and Sunda Lombok Straits.
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