Know more about Lt Gen Jacob, the 1971 Indo-Pak war hero

Lt Gen JFR Jacob (retd) passed away on Wednesday.

Know more about Lt Gen Jacob, the 1971 Indo-Pak war hero
Lt Gen (retd) JFR Jacob presents his books to PM Narendra Modi. File pic

New Delhi: Lt Gen JFR Jacob (retd) passed away on Wednesday.

 

Here a few facts about him:

  • Born in 1923, Jacob is best known for his role in India's victory in the Indo-Pakistan war of 1971 and the liberation of Bangladesh.
  • Jacob had negotiated the surrender of Pakistani troops in Dhaka following the 1971 war.
  • Born in the Bengal Presidency under British India, Jacob joined the Army at the age of 19 and also fought in World War II and the Indo-Pakistan War of 1965 before he retired in 1978.
  • Post retirement, he also served as the Governor of Goa and Punjab. 
  • Jack Farj Rafael Jacob, whose family had originally come from Iraq and settled in Bengal in the mid-18th century, grew up in a conservative Baghdadi Jews household.
  • The Times of Israel, in an article dated August 07, 2012, called him `A Jewish war hero`.

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