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- SPITFIRE SINGH- A TRUE LIFE OF RELENTLESS ADVENTURE - The biography of AVM Harjinder Singh
DetailsTheir willingness to pay any price to uphold the honour and integrity of their Air Force meant an uphill battle against bigotry, difficult conditions of work and outdated equipment. However, showing tremendous fortitude, Harjinder and his men took the fight to the enemy and rose splendidly to the occasion. Be it the formidable Japanese, the mighty Germans or the resolute tribal warriors none could break the spirit of these airborne Indians.It is a story of relentless adventure, journeying from the scrublands of the North Western Frontier, to the jungles of Burma, to the UK on the eve of D Day and to the corridors of power in an independent India. The resourcefulness of the Indians and their sheer skill and determination meant that they could overcome the myriad of challenges thrown at them, much to the surprise and dismay of some officers of the Raj.It is a story of mutual respect forged and strengthened across lines of religion, caste, creed and race, as the Indian's undeniable courage and resilience won even the hearts and minds of their British counterparts and one man was the center of it all.Harjinder's is a life of intense friendship, of great ingenuity and of hard-work and dedication, interspersed with the humor and merriment that is ever present in the military environment. It was a bottom to top career for the lowly Hawai Sepoy who went on to become one of the top officers of the IAF. He is credited with the endeavor to make the Indian Air force self-reliant and designed, built and test flew two different aircraft to prove his point. He was one of the driving forces behind making the Indian Air Force the 4th largest in the world, an astonishing feat given the twin challenges of nation building and partition.Thus the only 'disgrace' to emerge from this book is how Harjinder's story could remain untold for so long. It is a story of mutual respect forged and strengthened across lines of religion, caste, creed and race, as the Indian's undeniable courage and resilience won even the hearts and minds of their British counterparts and one man was the center of it all.Rebellious beginningsTraining to be a SepoyEating off the floorDeath comes to visitDeath comes to stayThe North West Frontier ProvinceThe World is at WarNew Aircraft but old prejudicesInto BurmaThe fighting retreat To India: To England: To Jail?Spreading Wings. Clipping WingsIndependence! But at what cost?Command!Kindred spirit or dangerous Liaison?Reuniting old friendsEpilogue: The Greatest Disgrace?The author at the launch of this book says "I learnt about his story in 2012. It took me so many years to write it out. I can only hope that I did justice to this unsung hero of India and the IAF. But it was perhaps destiny that a gora had to write the story of an IAF legend."ABOUT THE AUTHOR: British Airways pilot Mike Edwards wrote out the epic tale, using personal diaries, letters and other memorabilia kept safe by J R Nanda whose uncle Air Commodore Amrit Saigal was Harjinder's staff officer. Edwards, who was also involved in the resurrection of the IAF's vintage flight and flies the refurbished Tiger Moth and Harvard of the IAF.
SKU Code PRK B 682 Weight in Kg 0.1000 Brand Bookwomb Dispatch Period in Days 3 ISBN No. 9789385936142 Author Name MIKE EDWARDS Publisher Name Bloomsbury Publishing