India-China Border War

Archive Report

Armed Clash on Himalayan Frontier

The himalayan frontier dispute between India and Red China, simmering for eight years, has erupted suddenly into full-scale warfare. Indian Army detachments, stationed at remote mountain outposts on the far northeastern and northwestern borders of the country, had been engaged by intruding Chinese troops in periodic but sharp skirmishing toward the end of September and early in October, Finally, on Oct. 12, Prime Minister Nehru gave the order to drive the Chinese from Indian territory —back across the Tibetan border. Eight days later, the Chinese opened the present strong offensive at widely separated points. They immediately overran numerous Indian outposts and seemed prepared to push southward on three fronts.

On the radio, Oct. 22, Nehru told the people of India that ...

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