Tawang Sector: In our documentary series, ‘Along The China Front: Commanding The Tawang Heights’, Part IV, we travel from Tawang to the Kyapho model border post along the Tibet border and the Pankang Teng Tso or PTSO Lake area to get a glimpse of the Indian Army’s artillery firepower at these high altitudes. The StratNews Global team of Amitabh P. Revi and Rohit Pandita document the criticality in dominating heights and the game changing role of artillery at these elevations.
As Lt Gen Sanjay Kulkarni (Retd), the Former DG, Infantry and Ex-Brigade Commander, Tawang Sector, makes clear, “holding posts at heights (is an) absolute necessity and the Chinese get the correct message that they don’t mess around with the Indians.” Brig S.K. Chatterji (Retd), the former Battery Commander of India’s first ever Bofors Unit, which was deployed in the Tawang Sector after the Sumdurong Chu incursion, who is currently Editor of BharatShakti says, “the guy on the top has a tremendous advantage, adding “without artillery fire being really intense, you cannot possibly put your bet on trying to win the battle. It’s the decisive factor.”