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Battle for Pakistan: The Air War of 1965 Hardcover – January 1, 1979

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Ian Allan (January 1, 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711009295
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711009295
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,329,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 17, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Mr.John Fricker's book was very well researched and his opinion extremely fair due to the fact that he would countercheck on both sides.Many people do not agree with his accounts but if they were not true then India should have completely won the war.As the first aspect in modern military tactics is Complete Dominance of the Air.To achieve this you have to destroy the opponent's airforce which India could not and that in itself is a victory due to the fact that PAF was dealing with an enemy atleast three times bigger than itself.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Saladin on September 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Well i read the reviews first and then read the book,and it was a joy to read it. Not if ur an indian!!!!mind it ull rate it 1 i have rated it 4! but simple plain fact is its written by someone not a pakistani and he went to india for records since PAF had provided him with the things he needed,india refused! and y it refused the answer is this book! happens, israeli airforce blunted the arab airforces in wars and those airforces were 3-4 time the size if IDF!
A good book to read and if u can a must read is Fiza'ya Psyche of Pakistan Airforce by Pushpindar Singh, again its niot written by a pakistani but an indian!
Read history with out the biased goggles ull find it amazing!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 24, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Record given for each encounter match with Indian and Pakistani records. Excellent photographs through the bombers sights. what else someone can expect? by the way people critisizing the author should visit Peshawer PAF museum to have a look at the indian fighter which was forced to land at Pakistani Air Base.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Abdus Samad Khan on July 27, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The book although critcized by many is still only amongst the few books written by western authors about the Indo-Pak 1965 war. I think if the writer was interested in writting a biased book he would have written it in India's favour of course there the book would have sold out in large numbers but John Fricker decided to write the truth. John is a respected writer. He has been acknowledged and awarded for many of his writings. No Indian should have any doubt about the reliability of the book because it includes references from their own Indian Air Force History Archives and also the Indian fighter pilots. I would ask the critsizers of the book why someone totally unconcerned with the matter would waste time writing a biased document. He only choose the topic because it was worth it. Very few times in history such feats happen.
And by the way i would like people to give there true locations and true opinion. Stop the cowardly acts of down rating such a great book. If anyone has a problem he should come up with evidence to support his/her claim.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 16, 2002
Format: Hardcover
A good narration of the history of Pakistan Air Force, with accurate accounts of the 1965 Indo-Pak war. The book features some of the truly historic photographs.
May I suggest that reviewers restrict their views on this forum to the review of the book only, and not use it as a medium for showing their biases and displaying their tunnel vision.
Amazon has to do something about reviewers who instead of writing a review are making political statements, and badmouthing Pakistan. Does Amazon's policy allow this?
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 3, 2002
Format: Hardcover
A good a/c of the war with background, stats and history of indo pak. air war
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Omar R. on January 19, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Good read... Well written and seem to agree with other sources and accounts of the air war in indo-pak 1965 conflict I am familiar with.

What is quite interesting in the reviews on Amazon are that you either see 4/5 stars (Pakistani readers) or 1 star (India). Quite funny actually!

If your are genuinely interested in this topic, then this one is certainly worth a read.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 20, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book may not be a true account of war. However, for those unaware of the track record of PAF, I suggest you check the facts and figures for Indian, Saudi/Isreal & Afghan/Soviet wars. The figures suggest Pakistan to be the 3rd ranked Airforce in the world. This is despite the outdated avionics PAF has.
The Arab-Israel War-1967:
During this war, PAF sent a contingent of its pilots and airmen to Egypt, Jordan and Syria. PAF pilots performed excellently and downed about 10 Israeli planes including Mirages, Mysteres, Vautours without losing a single plane of their own. Flt.Lt. Saif-ul-Azam was decorated by Jordan and Iraq.
The performance of PAF pilots was praised by Israelis too. Eizer Weizman, then Chief of Israeli Air Force said once about Air Marshal Noor Khan : "...He is a formidable person and I am glad that he is Pakistani and not Egyptian..."
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