New Delhi, Jan. 13 (ANI): The demise of the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War hero Lieutenant General (retired) JFR Jacob at Army’s Research and Referral Hospital here today brought an end to an era of Army veterans who fought during the Second World War.
As a small boy, Jacob, who was from a Jewish business family, was sent to a residential public school in Darjeeling along with his two brothers.
When the Second World War broke out, Jacob, without informing his family, joined the British Indian Army in 1941.
After independence, General Jacob became a gunnery instructor for some time and subsequently was trained in an advanced Artillery and Missile course at Fort Sill in the US.
A quick learner, he commanded infantry and artillery brigades, headed the artillery school, an infantry division and became Chief of Staff of the Eastern Command.
He planned and oversaw operations leading to the fall of Dacca (modern day Dhaka) and obtained an unconditional public surrender of Lieutenant General A.A.K. Niazi and 93, 000 Pakistani troops.
Later, he became General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C), Eastern Command and was based in Fort William, Kolkata (then Calcutta).
‘Jake’, as General Jacob was popularly known among friends, became Governor of Goa and subsequently Punjab.
In both these states, he is remembered as a non-partisan Governor who was concerned about the common people as also the environment.
The Punjab University had conferred an honorary doctorate on him.
Jacob, who was 92, breathed his last on Wednesday morning after prolonged illness. (ANI)