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Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw – The Proud Gorkha Soldier Who Will Motivate You Join Army

Sam Hormusji Framji Jamshedji Manekshaw aka Sam Manekshaw was one of the greatest Indian Army Officer who has reached to the rank of Field Marshal. He was generally known as Sam Bahadur among his people. He was the first Commissioned in the Indian Armed Forces who was given the Rank of Field Marshal. Whenever the name of a brave Gorkha is asked, Sam Manekshaw is the only person to be recalled. Sam Bahadur Quotes have always been an inspiration for the youngsters who love to serve their motherland and join the Indian Armed Forces.

Whatever be the situation, he is always ready to motivate his men and lead the way to success and victory.

What is Sam Manekshaw Biography?

Being born to a Parsi family on 3rd April 1914, he was given the name of ‘Cyrus’. His parents were Hormusji Manekshaw and Heerabai. But according to the believing of one of his aunts, Cyrus was not the right name for him. She believes that a Parsi called Cyrus was once sent to jail, which she never wanted with his nephew. So she changed the name from Cyrus to Sam Hormusji Framji Jamshedji Manekshaw.

Sam Manekshaw was aspired to become a Doctor like his parents. After completing his academic education from Punjab and Sherwood College, Nainital, he requested his father to pursue medical from London. But his father denied the permission as they were very possessive against their kid.

To stand against his father’s decision, Sam gave Indian Military Academy (IMA) exam, where he was selected for the first batch of 15 cadets to join IMA from 1st October 1932.

Information about Sam Manekshaw Family

Here is the list of Sam’s Family:

NameRelation with Sam Manekshaw
Hormusji ManekshawFather
Heerabai ManekshawMother
Siloo ManekshawSpouce
Sehroo ManekshawSister
Cilla ManekshawSister
Fali ManekshawBrother
Jan ManekshawBrother
Jemi ManekshawBrother
Maja DaruwalaDaughter
Sherry BatliwalaDaughter

Some Interesting Facts about Sam Manekshaw

  • Sam Manekshaw was an alumnus of IMA who was trained in its first batch of 1931. Actually Manekshaw was aspiring to become a Doctor like his father. This is one of the Interesting Facts about Indian Military Academy.
  • In the first batch of 15 cadets selected to join Indian Military Academy, Sam Manekshaw stood 6th in the Merit List.
  • He is one of the Army men who have witnessed Five wars of the country. The list of Five wars include World War-I, Indo-Pak war 1947, Indo-China war 1962, Indo-Pak war 1965 and Indo-Pak war 1971.
  • During the partition in 1947, the unit headed by Sam Manekshaw was send to Pakistan Army. So, he was given the responsibility for 3/5 Gorkha Rifles.
  • Sam was always a chill personality who was never disturbed by any high profile person, not even the politicians. Once asked by Indira Gandhi in 1971 “General are you Ready for war”, he smartly replied “I am always ready sweetie
  • Sam Manekshaw paid for the motorcycle for his junior who becomes the Pakistan Military ruler after partition, never returned the money back to him. On this event, Sam stated that “I never received my Rs 1000, but he gave me the whole East Pakistan”.
  • During the war with Burma, he was injured with seven bullets. When the surgeon asked him about the incident, he recalled that he was kicked by a donkey. That made the surgeon surprised for a while.
  • He was always proud to be a Gorkha and that’s what he recalled in most of his motivational quotes.
  • For the quality service tenure, Sam Manekshaw was awarded the Padma Vibhushan and the Padma Bhushan.

Watch the Famous Sam Manekshaw Video

Famous Sam Manekshaw Quotes:

There is never a single day when Sam Manekshaw presented the unique string of motivation to his men and let them approach the victory. There have been many instances in his life that proves that he was the badass Army general who can never be replaced. Below are the famous quotes of Sam Bahadur that showed his bravery, fearlessness, courage, and wit.

There will be no withdrawal without written orders and these orders shall never be issued.

If anyone tells you he is never afraid, he is a liar or he is a Gurkha.

Don’t you think I would be a worthy replacement for you, Madam Prime Minister? You have a long nose. So have I. But I don’t poke my nose into other people’s affairs.

It’s nonsense that people join the army to serve the country like the politicians do it only for the sake of the country.

He who neither drinks, nor smokes, nor dances, he who preaches & even occasionally practice piety, temperance, and celibacy, is generally a saint, or a mahatma or more likely a humbug but he certainly won’t make a leader or for that matter a good soldier.

Buy the Famous Sam Manekshaw Book

There have been many authors who try to bring the Sam Manekshaw back to life with the collection of words. But among all, there are two of the most famous books that you should read at least once.

Book 1: Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw: The Man and His Times by Behram M Panthaki and‎ Zenobia Panthaki

Book 2: Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw: Soldiering with Dignity by by Depinder Singh.

Book 3: Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw by Prabhat Prakashan

Book 4: Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw: Bharatiy Lashkaracha Manbindu by Rohan Prakashan

After reading this article on the brave soldier of Indian Army, do you want to join Indian Army? Share your opinion in the comment section below.

I am a Defence Freak who love to write for those who want to SERVE THE COUNTRY with PRIDE. I am currently preparing for Civil Services alongside writing on this website. All I want to say is... HOW'S THE JOSH?


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