Remembering Operation Brasstacks
Remembering Operation Brasstacks

Remembering Operation Brasstacks

Apr 29,2018 SOURCE: Indiandefensenews

Recently concluded airforce mega operation Gagan Shakti 2018 create shock waves in the western and estern front.

This operation remind us about anater operation that take place in 1986 until its execution in 1987.

That have create shock and fear in the minds and hearts of our advesarys.so what all the fuzz about Operation Brasstacks.

Operation Brasstacks was a codename of a major military exercise of the Indian Army in Rajasthan state of India, that took place in 1986 until its execution in 1987.

It was the brain child of then Indian army chief General Krishnaswamy Sundarji.

An officer who earlier had commanded the infantry division in East Pakistan war, threw himself into the Indian Army's modernisation activities. He was granted permission, and ordered the large scale military exercise to test new concepts of mechanization, mobility, and air support.He issued ordered mobilize the mechanized and armoured divisions, and armed tanks were sent to take position in the Thar desert.In December 1986, with more than ten thousand armoured vehicles spread across its western desert, India launched the final stage of a huge military exercise.

The scale of the operation was bigger than any NATO exercise and the biggest land exercise since World War II.Initially, around 600,000–800,000 troops were mobilized and stationed in Rajasthan state's western border, about less than 100 miles away from Pakistan. The commander of the Indian Army's Western Command, Lieutenant General P.N. Hoon, maintained that, "Operation Brasstacks was a mobilization of the entire army of India.

The magnitude and large scale direction of the exercise led to Pakistan fears that India was displaying an overwhelming conventional superiority and was planning to invade Pakistan, and dismember it by surgical strikes, as it did with East Pakistanan during the Indo-Pak 1971 Winter war. According to General Hoon's memoirs, a letter was directed to Sundarji by Western Command, arguing that "when such a large exercise is conceived", the movement of Indian forces is going to attract the attention of Pakistan. General Hoon maintained that, General Sundarji did not inform Prime minister Rajiv Gandhi about the scale of the operation and such details were hidden to him.

There is a conspiracy theory about the operation.

General Hoon maintained that, General Sundarji did not inform Prime minister Rajiv Gandhi about the scale of the operation and such details were hidden to him. Hoon also wrote in his memoir: "Brasstacks was no military exercise. It was a plan to build up the situation for a fourth war with Pakistan." Indian scholar, Paul Kapur further argues that during the Operation Brasstacks, Indian army persuaded multiple times, but unsuccessfully, to attack Pakistan.

Brasstacks was no military exercise. It was a plan to build up a situation for a fourth war with Pakistan. And, what is even more shocking is that the Prime Minister, Mr. Rajiv Gandhi, was not aware of these plans.

— Lieutenant General P.N. Hoon, Commander Western Command, source

It was clearly created  an unsteability in the south east asia and bring two neighbors in the brink of a another war.
It was a ploy to unmask the pakistan regarding there Nuclear ambition.
The paln was to provoke Pakistan's response and this would provide India with an excuse to implement existing contingency plans to go on to offensive against Pakistan and take out its atomic bomb projects in a preventive strikes.