He was the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Command when the war broke out. He was a Major General at the time and was under the direct command of Lt Gen Jagjit Singh Aurora.
Gen Jacob,decorated war veteran,true patriot,very good human being.Sad to know his passing away.We were good https://t.co/ggtXo0MYQw.— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) January 13, 2016
Lt Gen JFR Jacob & I interacted often. Had a memorable interaction when he presented his autobiography to me. pic.twitter.com/h32apAvBrm — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 13, 2016
RIP General Jacob. Soldier’s Soldier. Wonderful Man. Lively, warm, blunt, brave till the very end https://t.co/5zRePur09q — barkha dutt (@BDUTT) January 13, 2016In his two books, ‘Surrender at Dacca: Birth of a Nation’ and ‘An Odyssey in War and Peace: An Autobiography Lt Gen. J.F.R. Jacob’, he gives a graphic account of the 1971 war and describes how the Indian Army continued to move inside marshy swamplands of Bangladesh against the Pakistani Army and eventually won the war.
Gen Jacob, as Gov inspired this wonderful Chandigarh war memorial Indian Express built with readers’ contributions pic.twitter.com/cyO692XUg8 — Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) January 13, 2016
Gen Jacob was a Great patriot n War hero. Lived an active life till d end. Condolences on his demise. — Ram Madhav (@rammadhavbjp) January 13, 2016In an interview with Times of Israel some four years ago, Jacob remarked that he was very proud to be an Indian.
A proud Indian, a proud Jew, and a war hero. Rest in peace General Jacob. h/t @NarenMenon1 https://t.co/1VkqRzf07L — David B. Cohen (@DavidBCohen1) January 13, 2016When he was asked whether he would offer his military expertise to Israel, Jacob proudly said that though he is proud to be a Jew, he was “Indian through and through”.