When Sparrow Flew Like Eagles: 1971 Indo-Pak War of Liberation of Bangladesh (Memoirs of a Signal Officer)
Brigadier M R Narayanan, VSM (Retd) Corps of Signals
  • ISBN : 9788194465904
  • year : 2020
  • language : English
  • binding : Hardbound
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Mantra for successful signal communication Every signal communication channel has two ends. Never ever complain about the other end at any time. Instead take responsibility for the other end too. Loyalty In peace, it is prudent to follow the hierarchy; avoid bypassing your immediate superiors. In war, the Nation comes first, always and every time: the organization you serve comes next. Loyalty to your superior is only if these two are not compromised. Terms unique to Corps of Signals Sparrow: A Signal officer In the Radiotelephony (RT) procedure followed in the Indian Army, appointment codes are used. e.g. Tiger is the code for Commander, Lion for General Staff officer and Sparrow for a Signal officer. These help in concealing the identity of the level of the formation; for instance, Tiger refers to a commander, be he a commander of a Corps, Division or a Brigade. It has become a practice to call a signal officer a Sparrow. Signalmanship sound technical practices to ensure good signal comn viz. Good cable lead-in, terminations and joints, proper earthing, correct radio tuning drills, properly designed aerials, care of the generators and batteries and above all the “will to get through.” Success is failure turned inside out, the silver tint of the clouds of doubt, And you never can tell how close you are; it may be near when it seems so far, Stick to the fight when you are hardest hit, it’s when things seem worse, That you must not quit. Author Unknown “…. I don’t think there is any parallel in History where a Corps Headquarters moved within enemy gun shells as we moved into Comilla. And we couldn’t possibly have moved there, unless Brigadier Sidhu and his Corps of Signals had ensured our comn. Now this is something, Ladies and Gentlemen, a fact of history and undeniable. The whole Corps Headquarters moved on the night of 11/12 Dec (1971) and we couldn’t have functioned there, if we had not gone ahead and established the comn within enemy gun range……………………” Corps Commander IV Corps at the Signals Anniversary, Tezpur on 15 Jan 1972