Shahzaman Mozumder was barely out of his childhood when Pakistan launched its war on the Bangalees in 1971. It was a war of unparalleled atrocity against an innocent people that ultimately cost 3 million lives. But the Bangalees did not sit idle. They took up arms to fight back. Mozumder was one of them. As a teenager who should have gone to classes rather than taking guerilla training he joined the war. Instead of holding pens, he held machine guns. He fought in Teliapara of Sylhet.
The Guerrilla is his own story of how a boy became a soldier and showed so much of heroics to get the gallantry award of Bir Protik. It is a moving tale of the war, every moment of it comes alive with his lucid description. Its details are so vivid that the heroics, the tragedies and the moments of life and death pass before your eyes like a motion picture. It shows how a soldier can only hope for another day’s survival.
The book makes us live 1971, once again.
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