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‘Yellow signals’ wired from Calcutta warned of impending Japanese air raids.Several bomb shelters were set up across the city while anti-aircraft guns were placed at Jojobera.The chairs and tables that survived the fights have been used in the hotel and the attached Brubeck Bakery.” The exposed bricks bore the initials DC (D’Costa)! During WWII, when United Kingdom could not meet the demand for Armoured Fighting Vehicles, Commonwealth countries began developing their own armoured cars.India developed a series of Wheeled Armoured Carrier, Indian Pattern or ACV-IP better known as the ‘Tatanagar’.It was a lecture by philosopher Thomas Carlyle in Manchester that inspired JN Tata to establish India’s first steel plant.
ANURAG MALLICK and PRIYA GANAPATHY uncover the war history of India’s first steel city Jamshedpur is renowned as India’s Steel City, but few know of its significant contributions to the world.
The vehicles used Ford truck chassis imported from Canada and armour-plated hulls constructed by Tata Steel.
Between 19, 4,655 units were built at the Railway workshop with a special plant set up for Armour, Hull, Axle and Tyre tracks.
Decades ago this pretty little town with tree-lined avenues was a war zone, when fumes emanating from its chimneys mingled with smokescreens, factory hooters merged with air raid sirens and anti-aircraft fire lit up the skies.
While the world celebrates the centenary of World War I and the end of World War II, Jamshedpur’s history lies forgotten.
In 1907, the Tata Iron and Steel Company or TISCO (now Tata Steel) was established.