War museums, built recently at the military stations of Jaisalmer and Yuddhsthal at Laungewala to showcase the traditional bravery of the Indian Army, were inaugurated on Monday by Lt Gen Ashok Singh, general officer, commanding-in-chief, Southern Command.
A large number of service officers and civil dignitaries graced the functions, held at the two military stations.
Speaking on the occasion at Laungewala, Lt Gen Singh said that the war museums are set up to cherish the valour and gallantry of warriors. “Laungewala (fought with Pakistan in 1971) was a great war,” he said, adding, “The battlefield has been converted into a war museum so that everybody can know about the Laungewala war.”
While answering a question about mounting up security on the western border following repeated ceasefire violations by Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir, Lt Gen Singh said the South Command is fully prepared to retaliate to any offensive professionally.
The Jaisalmer War Museum is located 10 km from Jaisalmer on the Jodhpur highway. The museum has two large information display halls, an audio visual room, a well stocked souvenir shop and a cafeteria. The Indian Air Force has presented a Hunter aircraft for the museum, which was used during the Battle for Laungewala.
The war museum at Loungewala has been set up at the site where Pakistan faced a humiliating defeat in 1971. The memorial has a state of the art audio-visual theatre for screening the movie on the Battle of Laungewala.