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18 Apr 2019, 16:26 HRS IST
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  • Partition through the eyes of an ex-British commander
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  • d, and Menon is one of the unsung heroes of 1947. Trusted by everyone he seems to me to be the architect of so much of modern India," the author says.

    The author tried to balance his book between personal recollections and official government and military papers.

    "I was also helped greatly by access to family papers from descendants of Brits who were there. The most valuable personal reminiscences were those recorded (or written - but many were recorded) fairly soon after 1947 as events were fresh in peoples’ minds - and hearts," he says.

    He also dug out the full military records from the Army Headquarters in Delhi and from the Punjab Boundary Force which are in the UK.

    "They revealed a lot, such as that in 1946 the Army conducted a complete rehearsal of a breakdown of law and order in the Punjab, right down to the detail of how they would protect trains."

    Educated at Eton College and the University of St Andrews, White-Spunner was commissioned in 1979. He was made Commander of the British Field Army in 2009, a post he held until December 2011 when he retired. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2002 and Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in 2011.

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