War on a Glacier: The Highest Altitude Battlefield on Earth


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War on a Glacier: The Highest Altitude Battlefield on Earth



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It was April 13th, 1984, when the Indian Armed Forces launched a military campaign on one of the most unlikely battlefields on earth: a glacier towering 6,500 meters above sea level. Their mission was to take full control of the area, a remote and uninhabited stretch of the disputed territory known as the Karakoram range of the Himalayas that straddled the India/Pakistan border. The border in question was established in 1949 in the aftermath of Partition. It was conceived in the Karachi Agreement, which itself ended the Indo-Pakistani War of 1947, an armed conflict between the two newly independent nations for territory in the shared and highly disputed Kashmir region.

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  1. You can dismiss this episode as pointless willy waving but the larger prize has always been control of the wider Kashmir. Hence overt and covert efforts to sway the Kashmiri people and their political and tribal leanings continue. There was of course a fairly major return match over the Kargil region in 1999, during which several thousand Pakistani troops infiltrated over the LOC and set up defensive positions, and were not noticed by the Indians for 3 months. That gives an insight into the type of terrain. The resulting clash that kicked off in May 99 was ultimately unsuccessful for Pakistan but is notable for the use of air power by the IAF to support the ground war. This resulted in the loss of 2 Migs to Anza II MANPADs and a Hip helicopter to a Stinger MANPAD, but the eventual deployment of Mirage 2000s sealed the deal for India.
    Fun fact: The Stinger was one of those exfiltrated from Afghanistan to Pakistan out of a supply provided to the Mujahideen by the CIA for use against Soviet forces, while the Anza II is a copy of the Chinese QW-1 MANPAD, which is itself a copy of a Soviet SA-16 improved by seeker technology derived from, spoiler coming up…..Stinger missiles exfiltrated from Afghanistan to Pakistan out of a supply provided to the Mujahideen by the CIA. Clearly the Stinger buy-back effort was not 100% effective.

  2. When a kid with 10th Mountain we went thru the summer course of Northern Warfare Training Center on glaciers n such near Black Rapids it was a blast climbing n descended ice cracks known as crevasses

  3. 9:57 non-strategic and pointless????
    dude wtf , which dumbass war expert said that ????
    Pakistan did Kargil (1999) war and lost their 4000 trained army personnel to get Siachin in exchange for Kargil (if they had won kargil they would, but they lost badly )
    Siachin is the rooftop of LOC and u can literally shoot anything down from there and
    it's nearly impossible to capture without absolute air superiority