Flying over the Wanni you pass a lot of tragic history. Below is the the site of the old Elephant Pass Sri Lankan Army base which was overrun by the LTTE in the late bad bad days of the 20th century. At least one personality in the Sri lankan Blogosphere (who now has a blog of his own) is said to have fought there.
Armoured Vehicles at Elephant Pass
- Jadhu’s long shot showing the terrain
- Long shot of it from possibly the opposite direction of Jadhu’s photo
- A close up
- A moodier, image without the all that blue sky sunlight
- The wreck is apparently near the Elephant pass sign post from this image
Perhaps its on the Google Earth image above. Let me know if you spot it or know the location.
Google for specifics of the battle and you’ll get a fair share of pro LTTE site gloating over the details. Sort of like the way the anti LTTE folk are doing these days. With good reason. What a long way the Sri Lankan military has come from a clutch of old Brit armour, turbo props and a few patrol boats. After Thoppigala, capture of the Silawathura sea tiger base, air raids on Puthukuduiruppu, and the sinking of the LTTE supply ships, the LTTE seems to be in trouble. The government despite the thieving ways of politicians, seems steadily nibbling away at the LTTE. In the face of all this military victories – not just successful repulsion of LTTE attacks – are becoming familiar.
Its easy to get cocky and forget as Castedeus points out – that the LTTE could do some nasty things in this world of asymmetric warfare. Equally easy forget are the humans who gave their lives in the face of potential defeat in situations like Elephant pass.When things were very grim and victory – let alone survival – was not on the menu. Setbacks are not things people like to be remember. References to places like Elephant Pass or Pooneryn or Kokuvla (Kokavil) can be potentially view as “defeatist”. Specially after the lessons are filed away, medals given out, and memorials unveiled.
I hope they are not forgotten and that there will eventually be an inclusive peace on this island in the life time of our grand kids.
No I’m not smoking da weed as I peck the keys – just trying to be a optimist.