January 2016, Obituaries
J.F.R. Jacob, the Lieutenant-General, who was one of the heroes of the 1971 war with Pakistan died in New Delhi. Born in Kolkata in 1923, where his Jewish family had migrated from Baghdad. He breathed his last at the Army Research and Referral Hospital in New Delhi. Lt.Gen. Jacob was 92.
The Chief of the Army Staff, General Dalbir Singh, said Lt.Gen. Jacob personified the “best qualities of a soldier and a statesman who will always be remembered as one of the most prominent leaders in the annals of Indian military history.”
Lt.Gen. Jacob began his career during World War II in 1942 as a young Army officer.
He also took part in the Indo-Pakistan war of 1965.
However, it was in the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971, which resulted in the liberation of Bangladesh, that Lt.Gen. Jacob, as Major-General and Chief of Staff of the Eastern Army Command, achieved his military glory, playing a crucial role in negotiating the surrender of Pakistan in Dhaka.