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Sunday, February 24th 2008, 5:40pm

Indian Army after Karachi Agreement

With the Karachi Agreement the role of the Indian Army has changed. Instead of mainly a force designed to break the fortifications of the Indo-Pakistani border (1) they now share an unprotected border with an ally plus the Indo-Burmese border, while also fortified, terrain and climate is badly different to what the bulk of the Indian Army is trained to do except for certain units tasked to perform in this region.

As such some changes began to occur in the years inmediate to the Agreement. First was the integration of the former Pakistani soldiers and their units. Some were integrated fully, like the famed Khyber Rifles, while other due to different reasons were either eliminated or amalgamed. The lack of sufficient former Pakistani trained officers also caused that some of the brightest young Pakistani junior rank NCO's received the oppurtunity to go to the Indian Military Academy to increase the number of native officials. Also promises that the soldeirs that performed the oath of service to Bharat received the promise of receiving posting in the former Pakistan, except if they desire to waive that promise by their oiwn choosing. By the end of the decade the units have being fully integrated to Bharat's Army but still the bandit problem that existed in the Afghan border was now a problem of Bharat.

The second major change was the order to reorganize another 20 divisions into the new German Model of 1931, a process that tooked pretty much the rest of the decade. By the reduction in size of the Bharat's Army Division it was possible to reduce the number of troops in active service while maintaining the same strength in the number of divisions. Also the smaller number of troops gave more funds for R&D, utilized mainly in the design of a new service rifle and a new tank main gun.

The third major change was the decision to follow Germany's example and began test to introduce the 7X40mm bullet as the main service round. Test using the same Solothurn rifle tested by Germany, the American Garand and a native design finally produced the ISF-39 and the ISF-40 service rifles.(2)

Finally the decision to create a provisional Mechanized Brigade was made in early 1936, with discussions with German attaches being the main reason of the decision even when the majority of the high ranking officers rejected the idea of consolidating their armor assets. By the end of the decade the Brigade shedded their provisional title and another one was organized from assets already in place.

(1) What the British used to have there? Any ideas Hood? India will be amicable to paying for the British keeping the armamament in place while we take care of the cost of the elimination of those fortifications.

(2) Stats later.


Sunday, February 24th 2008, 5:52pm

Garands? The US will be looking into where those came from......


Sunday, February 24th 2008, 6:01pm

So just like that Pakistan is pacified?


Sunday, February 24th 2008, 6:47pm


Originally posted by thesmilingassassin
So just like that Pakistan is pacified?

Hell no. Problems will exist, as in the British administration with the border clans, some soldiers will refuse to serve under Bharat's, ect. It just it's not the setting to explain it. Mainly the soldeirs that agree to serve with the Indian Army will be fully integrated in their as will be their units.

In regard to the Garands some samples will reach India and will be examined to see if feasible to copy.


Monday, February 25th 2008, 7:15pm

Prior to the Karachi Agreement, had there been any reference to difficulties with some of the locals?

Kaiser Kirk

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Monday, February 25th 2008, 8:54pm

Other than Indian ravings about western oppressors?

Off hand, not aware of any, though RLBH tended to be a little more compact in his news reports than my sprawling affairs.


Monday, February 25th 2008, 9:12pm

Not those locals, smarty-pants.


Tuesday, February 26th 2008, 4:59am

You mean Muhammad Ali Jinnah?


Tuesday, February 26th 2008, 10:18am

Why would he be a problem?


Tuesday, February 26th 2008, 5:59pm

IIRC he's the man who had a large hand in the orriginal partition of Pakistan from India after Britian left. Seeing as that seems to have happened earlier (albeit Pakistan itself has been devided in two), its possible Jinnah would attempt to do the same.