Bangladesh Historical 1971 Liberation War: Events, Battles, Stories, Interviews

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Brief Intro to Bangladesh





Some background reading (or viewing)
How Bangladesh Became Muslim





Partition and the birth of India and Pakistan (East and West)




will need to get better sources but i am short of time
super quick Summary

slightly longer summary (oversimplified)
 
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(Major) Khaled's war (English)
Timeline: 3 months since the fighting started
 

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Long read.


Operation Kilo Flight. Second video only in Bengali. (Graphic Content)


Lost Footage - Dhaka University Massacre by Pakistani Army on 26 March 1971 - NBC News

 

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Interview

Mahfuz Alam Beg (former Pakistan Navy Commando and freedom fighter ) (part 1/?)


He describes how he escaped from West Pakistan to to then East Pakistan and joined the war effort in the Freedom fighter's side.
Sub-sector commander , Sector 9

নাম : সাব সেক্টর কমাণ্ডার মুক্তিযোদ্ধা মাহফুজ আলম বেগ। ছিলেন: প্রথমে নয় নম্বর সেক্টরের অপারেশনাল কমান্ডার। পরে তাকে শমশেরনগর সাবসেক্টরের দায়িত্ব দেওয়া হয়। যুদ্ধ করেছেন : নয় নম্বর সেক্টরের সাব-সেক্টর কমান্ডার হিসেবে সমগ্র সাতক্ষীরা অঞ্চলে গেরিলা, সম্মুখ ও নৌকমান্ডো যুদ্ধসমূহ পরিচালনা করেন। এছাড়া বরিশালের দোয়ারিকায় এক কোম্পানি পাকিস্তানি সেনাকে আত্মসমর্পণে বাধ্য করেন এই যোদ্ধা।

trans: Name: Mahfuz Alam Beg, freedom fighter of sub-sector commander. He was: first the operational commander of Sector 9. He was later given the charge of Shamshernagar subsector. He fought: As a sub-sector commander of Sector 9, he led the guerrilla, front and naval commando wars throughout the Satkhira region. Apart from this, the fighter forced a company of Pakistani soldiers to surrender at Doarika in Barisal.

Language: Bangla
 

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@Joe Shearer you really must read this and tell us what you think

What a heart-touching story!

My principle has been never to comment on Pakistani internal affairs, or on their politics, or their religious views, but to concentrate on war-related topics, and, in the other place, on matters concerning Indo-Pakistan relations and Indian internal affairs. That does not mean that I am not aware of what is happening in Balochistan, just that I do not wish to comment on Pakistan's internal matters.

I am surprised that more Baluch did not walk out as Asghar Baluch did.
 

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What a heart-touching story!

My principle has been never to comment on Pakistani internal affairs, or on their politics, or their religious views, but to concentrate on war-related topics, and, in the other place, on matters concerning Indo-Pakistan relations and Indian internal affairs. That does not mean that I am not aware of what is happening in Balochistan, just that I do not wish to comment on Pakistan's internal matters.

I am surprised that more Baluch did not walk out as Asghar Baluch did.

Well in military domain, the issue of unit cohesion takes a form of its own in most cases (deferring to collective and strict hierarchy)....often well past how morality and conscience resides in non-military environment among laypeople.

It is very complicated (unresolved) psychological subject to get into....

I ask so many questions in many episodes of WW2...given presence of notable folks who did listen to inner conscience when confronted with some appalling orders and the actions of comrades. I come to the uncomfortable question of why didn't more do so? Because nowhere near enough did if you think of the scale and intensity wrought....especially on defenceless innocent people.

The basic earlier points in your post, I agree.
 
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She says 75% of population in Dhaka fled..... is that number in the ballpark @Joe Shearer ?
Easily.

They were going for concentrations of Hindus. By then, Hindus had concentrated in the cities, so they saw the worst slaughter. I nearly broke down seeing the video of the execution on Dhaka Varsity grounds. Jagannath College, where my grandfather taught, was also supposedly a Hindu hideout, and the hostel was totalled. By totalled, I mean totalled. With mass graves and things.
 

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Easily.

They were going for concentrations of Hindus. By then, Hindus had concentrated in the cities, so they saw the worst slaughter. I nearly broke down seeing the video of the execution on Dhaka Varsity grounds. Jagannath College, where my grandfather taught, was also supposedly a Hindu hideout, and the hostel was totalled. By totalled, I mean totalled. With mass graves and things.
So,you are actually from Bangladesh?
 

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Remains of the victims of the Muslim Market massacre by Pakistani aggressors during the time of the Liberation War in 1971 were buried today with state honour at the martyred intellectuals' graveyard in Mirpur.

The burial was held on Monday under the supervision of Bangladesh Army and in the presence of Army Chief General SM Shafiuddin Ahmed.

At that time, senior officers of the army, other members of the army and local dignitaries were present.

During the 1971 Liberation War, the Pakistani aggressors carried out barbaric massacres in innumerable places in Bangladesh, including Mirpur Muslim Bazar.

On 27 July 1999, while digging a well during the renovation of the Nuri Mosque in Mirpur's Section 12, many things were unearthed including skulls and bones, human hair braids, veils, and pieces of clothing.

To ascertain whether the recovered bones and skulls were evidence of the genocide of 1971, the War Crimes Facts Finding Committee examined the evidence of martyrs and carried out scientific research which included examining tissue samples of blood relatives of the martyrs.

Some of the remains were later donated to the Liberation War Museum and some to the Army Museum for preservation.

 
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