ANECDOTES FROM THE HISTORY OF INDIAN MILITARY ACADEMY
1st - This one is about a first course cadet.... 'Smith' was the first cadet to arrive at the Dehradun Railway station (written as Dehra – Dun then) . He was from Burma. On arrival at the station, he was received by the GSO 1. When asked for name, he smartly said "Smith Sir". '"You can't be just Smith there must be a surname after it" said the GSO 1" "No Sir" said Smith "I have no surname" This went on for some time till the GSO 1 got irritated and said, '"OK Cadet Smith, You are no longer just 'Smith'. Since you are in Dehra-Dun, You are now Cadet Smith Dun and this will be your permanent official surname as long as you serve in the Army " And that is how it was !!!.
Cadet Smith Dun won the Sword of Honour of his Course and thus walked into the anals of IMA history for ever as the very first cadet to win the very first Sword of Honour in the history of IMA and of the Indian Army. He distinguished himself in WW 2 and later became the Army Chief of the Bumese army .
2nd. Cadet Sam Manekshaw ( a few courses after the First) was a very good boxer and loved to fight in the ring or better still outside of it!. As luck would have it, he was in the same weight category of another good boxer a course junior to him. Naturally, during the annual boxing tournament at IMA, both were slotted against each other.
The bout began and was a very determined contest closely fought, It went all the way right to the last miniute of the last round. Both boxers had excelled and scored identical points. just a few seconds were left when Sam's opponent lowered his guard just a wee bit to rub down a glove when Sam delivered a "stinging right hook" that became the final punch that knocked his opponent down.
Does History have a sense of humour ?! Why not ! Sam's opponent was a certain cadet named Tikka Khan !
Monday, April 22, 2013
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