INDIA: The Shade of the Big Banyan

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Astride shaggy ponies, a file of 24 Indian border police moved carefully along a mountain valley high in the Himalayas. Late in the afternoon, at a spot 45 miles from the Tibetan frontier, one of the policemen pointed out several wood and dirt bunkers built into the hillside 500 ft. above them. Suddenly, the thin, cold mountain air crackled with the discharge of rifles, hand grenades and 2-in. mortars. Scrambling from their rearing ponies, the Indians unslung their .303 rifles and returned the fire. But they were hopelessly trapped: the barren...

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