(Anecdotes about Field Marshal Cariappa)
by Mookonda Nitin Kushalappa
Field Marshal Cariappa was commissioned into the army in 1919. This was just after the first world war and he was sent to Mesopotamia (Iraq). During World War II Cariappa served in Iran, Iraq, Syria and Burma (Myanmar). For his service during the Second World War, he was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE). He was the first Indian to command a battalion. In 1944 he became the first Indian Brigadier. In 1947, as a Major General, Cariappa was one of two Indian army officers sent to the Imperial Defence College in Camberley, U. K., to receive training. He also helped re-organise the Indian army and worked on the partition of the Army between India and Pakistan that year.
|Photos of Cariappa's parents and the statue of the Jawan, on a mantel.|
|1992 Bangalore photo.|
Ailing Cariappa taken care of by Havildar Vijayan who was by his side upon his death.
|Field Marshal Cariappa's statue, Madikeri.|
Photo by the Author (Mookonda Nitin Kushalappa).
Other Photo Sources :
From the book 'Field Marshal K M Cariappa' (Niyogi books, 2007) by his son Air Marshal K C Cariappa.
1. Cariappa, fifth from right, back row, 1920, Mesopotamia.
2. Cariappa (in white, in the middle) during his wedding, 1937, Bangalore.
3. Cariappa with his son, in Quetta, 1940.
4. Cariappa seated at the right end, at a Commanders' conference, Delhi, 1948.