Archival footage captures the 1965 India-Pakistan war

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Aug 28, 2015 14:20 IST

As the Indian government commemorates the 50th anniversary of the 1965 war with Pakistan, we take a unique look back at the conflict with the help of several films from British Pathe, which has one of the world’s largest newsreel archives.

These newsreels, which were once played in movie theatres around the world before the main feature, capture different aspects of the war in their grainy black-and-white footage.

Take a look at India preparing for the war, the views of various leaders on the conflict and the aftermath of the fighting.

The 17-day war caused thousands of casualties on both sides and witnessed the largest tank battle since World War II.

The hostilities ended after a ceasefire was declared following intervention by the Soviet Union and the US and the issuance of the Tashkent Declaration.

India and Pakistan both claimed victory. Most neutral assessments agree India had the upper hand over Pakistan when the ceasefire was declared.

New Delhi Prepares During War With Pakistan (1965) (no audio)

Pakistan Bombs India On Cease Fire Deadline (1965) (no audio)

U Thant To Take Close Look At Indo-Pakistan Conflict (1965)

Cease Fire Aftermath (1965)

India: Back To Peace (1965)

Captured Patton Tank On Show In New Delhi (1965) (no audio)

(Videos courtesy British Pathe's Youtube channel)

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