Those passing by the Tank Bund of Hyderabad may spot an old tank alongside the road at some point: this is the Patton Tank of Hyderabad, one of the minor memorials of the city that tourists love to check out in particular. Enthusiasts of army tanks shall note that the model is an M47, notable for having been the last of the tanks from the United States to sport the type of machine gun setup it has on its hull. To those who know the history behind the Patton Tank, though, there is far more to it than its mere model or make: there is also a triumph for India and an important war.
To understand the history of the Patton Tank of Hyderabad, one first has to take a look at the history of the country with its neighbour, Pakistan. The two countries have long had a rather friction-filled relationship, and that friction sparked off a full fire in 1971, with the [Read more…]