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    THE DEFENCE BUDGET THAT THE STRENGTH OF THE INDIAN ARMY WOULD SOON BE DOUBLED.

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    Background: THE DEFENCE BUDGET THAT THE STRENGTH OF THE INDIAN ARMY WOULD SOON BE DOUBLED.

    AN OFFICIAL ENQUIRY AT PRESENT BEING HELD INTO THE MILITARY REVERSES IN THE NEFA AND LADAKH AREAS IS DIRECTED AT IMPROVING THE FIGHTING ABILITY OF INDIAN ARMY SOLDIERS.IT IS ALSO HOPED IT MIGHT RESTORE THE MORALE OF MEN WHO GAINED A HIGH REPUTATION DURING TWO WORLD WARS.A NUMBER OF OTHER SCHEMES ARE IN HAND TO ACCOMPLISH THIS.

    AT LADAKH, TROOPS ARE NOW UNDERGOING EXTENSIVE TRAINING PROGRAMMES IN THE MOUNTAIN AREAS - TO BE PREPARED SHOULD THE REGION BECOME A BATTLE FIELD ONCE MORE.IN THE FORWARD AREAS, INDIAN INFANTRY PATROLS MOVE THROUGH DEEP SNOW WHICH AT TIMES PARALYSES WHEELED TRAFFIC ON ONE OF THE HIGHEST ROADS IN THE WORLD.

    CHINESE PICKETS ARE ENTRENCHED IN THE MOUNTAIN RANGE AT THE NORTHERN SIDE OF THE CHUSHUL PLATEAU, OVERLOOKING THE SCENE OF HEAVY FIGHTING IN OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER.MEMORIALS TO THE MEN OF THE KUMAON REGIMENT AND THE GURKHAS HAVE BEEN ERECTED IN THIS REGION WHERE EVER-WATCHFUL TROOPS OF THEIR BROTHER REGIMENTS NOW TRAIN AND PATROL.

    HEAVY SNOWFALLS - ONE OF WHICH ENGULFED THE VISNEWS CAMERAMAN - MAKE THE QUESTION OF COMMUNICATIONS A PROBLEM FOR STAFF OFFICERS.THE BITTER COLD, TOGETHER WITH THE LACK OF AIR AT THE EXTREME ALTITUDE - ALMOST 3 MILES ABOVE SEA LEVEL - TIRES THE AVERAGE SOLDIER IN A SHORT WHILE.IT IS HOPED THAT EXTENSIVE TRAINING WILL MAKE THE INDIAN ARMY A MUCH MORE EFFECTIVE FIGHTING FORCE IN ITS HITHERTO UNACCUSTOMED ROLE OF MOUNTAIN WARFARE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA85SA8RHH54TFH808P1H6HFT0N
    Media URN:
    VLVA85SA8RHH54TFH808P1H6HFT0N
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/04/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:15:00
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    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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