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Lt Gen JFR Jacob, 1971 India-Pakistan war hero passes away

Jacob-Farj-Rafael “JFR” Jacob (Retired Lieutenant General), a key architect in India’s victory in 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War passed away in New Delhi.  He was 92.

Jacob (then a Major General) is best known for his role in India’s victory in the Indo-Pakistan war of 1971 and the liberation of Bangladesh.

About Jacob-Farj-Rafael “JFR” Jacob

  • JFR Jacob was born in 1923 in Calcutta (now Kolkata) in then Bengal Presidency of British India.
  • During 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War, he had served as the Chief of Staff of the Indian Army’s Eastern Command during the war.
  • During his 36-year career in the army, he also had fought in World War II and the Indo-Pakistan War of 1965. He retired in 1978.
  • He had served as Governor of Goa (April 199 to November 1999) and Punjab (1999 to 2003).
  • Books: Surrender at Dacca: Birth of a Nation, An Odyssey in War and Peace: An Autobiography Lt Gen. J.F.R. Jacob.
  • Awards and Honours: Commendation of Merit, Param Vishisht Seva Medal.

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