Dalvi told his boss: “No, Sir, the Chinese will attack tomorrow, let me withdraw to a safer place. If you don’t agree, Sir, I am prepared to resign”.
But it was too late.
The next morning, the Chinese attacked. At 4:30 am, after the shelling had started, Lakshman managed to speak for a few minutes to his CO, Lt. Col. K K Tewari, who himself was in the bunker further ahead on the banks of the Namkha chu.
The Chinese had come down the ridge opposite the river a couple of days earlier (though the Indian troops were still told that China won’t attack).
For a few minutes Tewari, gave a vivid running commentary about the Chinese surrounding him when suddenly all communications were cut.
That was the end of Nehru’s grandiose plans to throw the Chinese out and the beginning of the most harrowing experience for the hapless 7 Brigade and India.
In Picture: A local Monpa woman in Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh