During the First Indo—Pak War of 1947, many important battles were fought in Kashmir, which have become part of Indian military folklore. Amongst these, the Battles of Zojila hold pride of place. Our breakthrough at Zojila ensured the security of Ladakh which was gravely threatened by the hostiles at that time.
During this period of armed conflict with Pakistan, some heroic battles were fought. In defensive operations, the garrisons of Skardu and Punch withstood long sieges against very heavy odds and a much larger enemy force. Their performance could do proud to any army. Of the offensive actions launched by the Indian forces, the breakthrough at Zojila would probably rank amongst the three most important battles of the J&K Operations.
The author has covered the account of the battles with due authentication and interviews with people who were part of the operations.
Battlefield Zojila - 1948
Dr. Sudhir S. Bloeria, IAS (J&K- 1968) is an ex-Army Officer having served in the Infantry, The Jammu and Kashmir Rifles, from 1966 to1972, he took part in the 1971 war with Pakistan, in the Fazilka sector. A graduate of the National Defence College, he takes keen interest in military history and national security matters. His last assignment was Chief Secretary J&K Government from November 2002 till his superannuation in September 2005.
In July 2008, Dr. Bloeria was appointed as Advisor to the Governor during Governor's rule in J&K. He was instrumental in successfully handling the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board land agitation and, later, conducting the Assembly Elections.