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Sam Manekshaw

1914 - 2008

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Field Marshal Sam Hormusji Framji Jamshedji Manekshaw (3 April 1914 – 27 June 2008), also known as Sam Bahadur ("Sam the Brave"), was the chief of the army staff of the Indian Army during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, and the first Indian Army officer to be promoted to the rank of field marshal. His active military career spanned four decades, beginning with service in World War II. Manekshaw joined the first intake of the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, in 1932. He was commissioned into the 4th Battalion, 12th Frontier Force Regiment. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sam Manekshaw has received more than 7,319,572 page views. His biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 17 in 2019). Sam Manekshaw is the 1,584th most popular military personnel (down from 1,397th in 2019), the 646th most popular biography from India (down from 567th in 2019) and the 11th most popular Indian Military Personnel.

Field Marshal Sam Hormusji Framji Jamshedji Manekshaw, known as Sam Manekshaw, was one of the most prominent military leaders in India's history. He served as the Chief of the Army Staff of the Indian Army during the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971, and under his leadership, India achieved a decisive victory. Manekshaw was the first Indian Army officer to be promoted to the rank of field marshal. His military career spanned four decades and five wars, and he was widely respected for his strategic acumen, leadership, and courage. He is also remembered for his charismatic personality and sharp wit.

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Among military personnels, Sam Manekshaw ranks 1,584 out of 1,468Before him are Leonid Khabarov, Carl Gustav Fleischer, Mikhail Tolstykh, John André, Chesty Puller, and Stephen Decatur. After him are Keith Park, Mahamat Déby, Arnold Jackson, Frank Buckles, Anthony Wayne, and Daniel Harvey Hill.

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Among people born in 1914, Sam Manekshaw ranks 316Before him are Harry Winter, Fazıl Hüsnü Dağlarca, Thomas Watson Jr., Manlio Di Rosa, Frankie Manning, and Richard Denning. After him are John Berryman, Frank Fenner, Joe Mercer, Larry Adler, Erling Evensen, and David Carstens. Among people deceased in 2008, Sam Manekshaw ranks 278Before him are Buddy Miles, Tony Duvert, Fazıl Hüsnü Dağlarca, Bill Miller, Sam Tingle, and Elizabeth Spriggs. After him are Rudolf Illovszky, Ai Iijima, Larry James, Jerry Wexler, Rubén Héctor Sosa, and Tony Rolt.

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Among people born in India, Sam Manekshaw ranks 646 out of 1,493Before him are Adoor Gopalakrishnan (1941), Nana Patekar (1951), R. K. Laxman (1921), Mrinalini Sarabhai (1918), Telesphore Toppo (1939), and Abdullah Yusuf Ali (1872). After him are S. R. Srinivasa Varadhan (1940), Sheila Dikshit (1938), Spike Milligan (1918), Rambhadracharya (1950), Godfrey Brown (1915), and Jasraj (1930).


Among military personnels born in India, Sam Manekshaw ranks 11Before him are Mad Mike Hoare (1919), Frederick Roberts, 1st Earl Roberts (1832), Orde Wingate (1903), Bipin Rawat (1958), Andrew Scott Waugh (1810), and John Frost (1912). After him are John Hunt, Baron Hunt (1910), Kenneth Anderson (1891), and Vikram Batra (1974).