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In the West, the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) initiated its involvement with an attack on the forward air bases of the Indian Air Force (IAF), on 3 December 1971. A series of major air battles followed over the primary conflict zones. In the East, the small PAF contingent was quickly neutralized by the IAF.
When the war ended in West Pakistan on 17 December, PAF was still in the ring and on its feet. It had parried the enemy's blows and had been ever so careful in its offensive responses. It continued to be fixated with remaining viable for providing complete air support to the Army's all-important battle, which flowed out of the overarching dictum, 'defense of the East lies in the West'. PAF's overall performance can be gleaned from the fact that it managed to keep its aircraft attrition rate at par with the IAF. The PAF unmistakably denied a much stronger IAF the distinct possibility of delivering a knock-out punch to it. In the circumstances obtaining, this was a commendable achievement.
Against All Odds is richly illustrated with a selection of exclusive photography, more than a dozen authentic color artworks, and a similar number of maps. It provides a unique source of reference for enthusiasts and professionals alike.
Author: Kaiser Tufail
Publisher: Helion & Company
Binding Type: Paperback
Size: 11.60h x 8.20w x 0.30d
About the Author
Tufail, Kaiser: - Air Commodore Kaiser Tufail (retired) was commissioned in the Pakistan Air Force as a pilot in 1975. He went on to fly a variety of fighters and held command of a fighter squadron, a wing and an air base. A graduate of the Air War College and the National Defence University, he earned his Master's degrees in Strategic Studies and War Studies. He retired in 2005. He has written articles on defence matters and has a special interest in military aviation, especially the Indo-Pak Wars. He is the author of a book, Great Air Battles of Pakistan Air Force.
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