The Hero of 1971 war with Pakistan, Lieutenant-General J.F.R. Jacob passed away due to prolonged illness in New Delhi. He was 92.
- He was best known for the role he played as a then Major-General in India’s victory in the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971 and the Liberation of Bangladesh.
About JFR Jacob:
1923 Kolkata born Jacob-Farj-Rafael “JFR” Jacob began his career during World War II in 1942 as a young Army officer.
- He served in northern Iraq, North Africa, Burma (now Myanmar) and Sumatra as part of the British forces.
- After World War II, Lt.Gen. Jacob graduated from artillery schools in England and the United States.
- Gen. Jacob has composed an Indian Army manual on desert warfare.
- He also took part in the Indo-Pakistan war of 1965.
- During 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War, he had served as the Chief of Staff of the Indian Army’s Eastern Command. He negotiated the surrender of Pakistani troops in Dhaka.
- He retired from the Army after 37 years of service in 1978.
- He also served the nation with distinction as Governor of Goa and Punjab.
Awards & Recognitions:
Commendation of Merit
Param Vishisht Seva Medal
Surrender at Dacca: Birth of a Nation
An Odyssey in War and Peace: An Autobiography Lt Gen. J.F.R. Jacob