10 Best Books on War that are a must-read

0
26

According to Oxford Bibliography Press, The literature of war has existed since the first literary texts were written. Several books on war have been written to date. Scholars have been quick to acknowledge that war is a dominant force in the works of the three earliest cultures: the Greeks, the Romans, and the Hebrews.

Homer’s The Iliad and The Odyssey reflect a culture of war as does Virgil’s The Aeneid and the Hebrew Bible. Even the ancient Sumerian epic Gilgamesh includes an epic battle with an enemy force that must be defeated. These books on war and literary works among many others that span the centuries since the classical era remind us that war is a constant in society and a topic that will continue to ensure critical debate. It is as universal as themes of love or death or time or human frailty.

Since the year 1890, there have been almost several books on war, essays, theses, dissertations, and other materials. There are some universities that also showcase war materials, journals, notes, and articles. The 21st-century events like WW I  & II, Gulf War, Middle East crisis, Israel Migration, 9/11 attacks, Syrian War, Kargil War, 26/11 attack, and many more have given the writers and scholars to write and publish so much information.

The books on war, after the war, political scenarios, biographies, and autobiographies of the war heroes, stories related to the martyr’s families, etc have come into existence. Many unsung heroes are being unveiled.

The death due to the helicopter crash of  General Bipin Rawat, the first CDS of India, reminds many such brave people who sacrificed their lives for the country and the people they serve.

As a mark of respect and condolences, this time, the team of Storizen talks about the top ten books on war strategy based on the Indian Armed forces. The listed books are among the best in this genre and are definite must-reads.

1. India’s Most Fearless by Shiv Aroor And Rahul Singh

India’s Most Fearless by Shiv Aroor And Rahul Singh
India’s Most Fearless by Shiv Aroor And Rahul Singh

Get your copy of the book now from – Amazon


This book is a collection of 14 heroic real-life stories of Indian defensemen from the border. Each story talks about a military operation. To understand the real situation across the borders and during the war times, the pain, the agony, and the dedication the soldiers irrespective of their cader and gender undergo, this book is a perfect read.

2. Vijyant at Kargil: The Biography of a War Hero

Vijyant at Kargil
Vijyant at Kargil: The Biography of a War Hero

Get your copy of the book now from – Amazon

Vijyant at Kargil: The Life of a Kargil Hero” is published in 2020. This is the “first-ever” biography giving a rare insight into the heart and mind of one of India’s bravest soldiers, Captain Vijyant Thapar, son of Colonel VN Thapar and Vijyant was only 22 when he was martyred in the Kargil war in 1999. The book has been penned by Vijyant’s father Colonel VN Thapar and writer Neha Dwivedi, the martyr’s daughter herself.

3. Kargil: From Surprise To Victory by General V. P. Malik

Kargil: From Surprise To Victory by General V. P. Malik
Kargil: From Surprise To Victory by General V. P. Malik

Get your copy of the book now from – Amazon

This book by Gen. V.P.Malik is one of the best books about the Indian Army. The book is a treasure chest of information about the way the Army functions, and it’s deals with the political class, and how the military engages with the civilian leadership, including the command and control structure. The book also opens the eye towards the malfunctions in the Army and the Government.

4. Until You Come Home: The Endless Wait for a Beloved to Come Home from War by Mridula Bajpai

Until You Come Home is about war tales, family, and its emotions, sentiments, and memories about the lost ones. The book emphasizes mostly the women and children of the soldiers who lost their lives in wars fighting for the country.  This tear-jerking novel is narrated in the single voice of Mrinalini Sharma. The story is about Mrinalani’s mama ‘ Capt. Uday Sharma.

Until you come home by mridula bajpai
Until You Come Home by Mridula Bajpai

Get your copy of the book now from – Amazon

Jaya the lady love of Uday Sharma keeps waiting for him even after the news he will not come back home is one of the heart-wrenching subplots.  Another story is about Mrinilani herself and her partner Dev, who is also an Army officer, and when he is posted to Kargil, her thoughts and fears are narrated in the story.  Two parallel stories are narrated where they are interlinked at several places.

5. The Rise of Indian Military Power (Evolution of an Indian Strategic Culture) by G.D. Bakshi

The author has traced the history of war-fighting in India from the Vedic & Mahabharata period to the Mauryan & Mughal Eras and thereafter the British Period. It is a comprehensive audit of India’s combat performance in the ancient, medieval, modern, and post-modern periods of Indian history.

The Rise of Indian Military Power by G D Bakshi
The Rise of Indian Military Power by G.D. Bakshi

Get your copy of the book now from – Amazon

The focus of this work, however, is on India’s Post-independence Military History. The author has analyzed each of India’s wars with China & Pakistan as also its CI and CT campaigns in meticulous detail, to draw lessons for the future. The path-breaking contribution is the author’s thesis that there have been three local Revolutions in Military Affairs (RMAs) in India, which shaped the course & flow of her history.

6. 26/11 BraveHeart: My Encounter with Terrorists That Night by Praveen Kumar Teotia

A powerfully written memoir. Praveen Kumar Teotia has poured his heart out in this book on his experience in fighting against the terrorists, how prepared were our forces, what type of ammunition are these soldiers who risk their lives for the people unknown are supplied with, and how the officials treat them during ceremonies.

26/11 BraveHeart: My Encounter with Terrorists That Night by Praveen Kumar Teotia
26/11 BraveHeart: My Encounter with Terrorists That Night by Praveen Kumar Teotia

Get your copy of the book now from – Amazon

26/11 BraveHeart is not an ordinary book but a memoir of scars and wounds. The scars and wounds on the body will fade some or the other day, but the scars and wounds that rupture the soul and thoughts will never fade. This book is a fantastic journey of a boy from a small village to what he is now!

7. Insomnia: Army Stories by Rachna Bisht Rawat

Delhi-based author Rachna Bisht Rawat just launched Insomnia, featuring stories based on life in the armed forces. Her previous four bestselling books were also helmed on the Indian Army – 1965: Stories from the Second Indo Pakistan War; Shoot. Dive. Fly: Stories of Grit and Adventure from the Indian Army; The Brave: Param Vir Chakra Stories; and Kargil: Untold Stories from the War.

insomnia-army-stories-rachna-bisht-rawat
Insomnia: Army Stories by Rachna Bisht Rawat

Get your copy of the book now from – Amazon

The author tells The Morning Standard about what inspires her to regularly delve into stories around the army.

8. Gurkha: Better to Die than Live a Coward: My Life in the Gurkhas by Colour-Sergeant Kailash Limbu

Colour-Sargent Kailash Limbu shares a riveting account of his life as a Gurkha soldier-marking the first time in its two-hundred-year history that a soldier of the Brigade of Gurkhas has been given permission to tell his story in his own words. Kailash Limbu recalls the terrifying and exciting details of those thirty-one days – in which they killed an estimated one hundred Taliban fighters – and intersperses them with the story of his own life as a villager from the Himalayas.

Gurkha: Better to Die than Live a Coward: My Life in the Gurkhas by Colour-Sergeant Kailash Limbu

Get your copy of the book now from – Amazon

He grew up in a place without roads or electricity and didn’t see a car until he was fifteen. Kailash’s descriptions of Gurkha training and rituals – including how to use the lethal Kukri knife – are eye-opening and fascinating. They combine with the story of his time in Helmand to create a unique account of one man’s life as a Gurkha.

9. Mission Overseas: Daring Operations by the Indian Military by Sushant Singh

“Mission Overseas: Daring Operations by the Indian Military” explains three primary military operations carried out by our Army outside India. Sushant Singh tells tales that speak volumes about the path our men and women of courage took in unfamiliar territories, with limited resources.

Mission Overseas: Daring Operations by the Indian Military by Sushant Singh

Get your copy of the book now from – Amazon

The author writes a fact-based narrative that makes the reader visualize all the scenes narrated in an easy-to-understand language.

10. The Battle of Rezang La: The true story of how 120 Indian soldiers faced 5000 Chinese troops by Kulpreet Yadav

A new book tells the story of 120 Indian soldiers who put up a valiant fight against the 5,000-strong Chinese military troops in the 1962 Indo-China war, preventing a possible occupation of the entire Ladakh region.

The Battle of Rezang La: The true story of how 120 Indian soldiers faced 5000 Chinese troops by Kulpreet Yadav

Get your copy of the book now from – Amazon

“The Battle of Rezang La”, published under Penguin Random House’s ”Veer” imprint, is written by ex-naval officer and author Kulpreet Yadav.

With this, we conclude the list of the 10 best books on war, strategy based on the Indian Armed Forces. Which of the above books have you read and which of them would you like to have on your TBR list? Do let us know in the comments section below!

Read More:


Follow @storizenmag on Instagram

Connect with us on facebook.com/Storizenmag

Follow us on twitter.com/storizenmag

Follow us on Issuu and never miss another issue from us

storizen magazine december 2021 cds general bipin rawat

Read our latest issue of Storizen Magazine here.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here