‘Jaisalmer War Museum’ has been set up by the Indian Army to commemorate the bravery and sacrifice of soldiers, specifically during the 1965 Indo-Pak War and the 1971 Longewala battle. Here’s a look at the pristine structure.
A historical war museum has been set up in Jaisalmer by the Indian Army.
Established in the Military Station of Jaisalmer, the unique museum has been designed with the view of honouring the contributions and sacrifices of war heroes, and to highlight their bravery. It also traces the evolution of the Indian Army.
The museum was inaugurated by Lieutenant General Ashok Singh, General Officer Commanding in Chief, Southern Command, on Monday. Several officers and other people joined in to be a part of the occasion.
Located on the Jaisalmer – Jodhpur highway, entry into the museum is free for all visitors.
“The inauguration of the museum in the golden jubilee celebration year of the 1965 War will also be a befitting tribute to all gallant soldiers who made the supreme sacrifice to defend the motherland,” said Defence spokesman Lt Colonel Manish Ojha, to The Times of India before the inauguration.
The museum has:
- Two information display halls
- An audio visual room
- A souvenir shop
There are many war trophies and vintage equipment on display, along with tanks, guns and military vehicles.
Additionally, the Indian Air Force has also given a Hunter aircraft as a present for the museum. The aircraft was used during the Battle of Longewala in the 1971 Indo-Pak War.
Additionally, a war memorial has also been inaugurated at Longewala to commemorate the Longewala battle which took place on 4-5 December, 1971.
This place includes murals of soldiers who lost their lives in the war, and weapons which were used during the same.
The memorial also has an audio visual theatre for screening movies about the battle. The movie has an interview with Major Kuldip Singh Chandpuri, the Maha Vir Chakra recipient, who was a crucial part of the Longewala battle. He gives detailed accounts of how soldiers fought in the war.
So the next time you are near Jaisalmer, make sure you give this historical place a visit.