It was 1971. A vicious war had broken out in Bangladesh. Thousands joined the fight to free their motherland. But the war also needed officers to lead the thousands in battle. Bright young men, boys rather, were selected for a quick training to become officers at a remote pocket of West Bengal called Murti. Second lieutenants of the first war course would be the first batch of officers to be inducted into the Bangladesh army. Their odds were stacked. They would go down as seditious rebels or gallant saviors. They took the gamble. Some goaded death and fell in battle without a flicker of fright. Some led men to certain doom and returned victorious. Some stabbed the enemy in close combat. Some got away by the skin of their teeth. Each had a story to tell. Daredevils, warriors and lionhearts, this is the story of The Murti Boys.
Ishrat Firdousi (b.1954) has been a professional editor and journalist since 1980. He has been active in English language media beginning with Sunday Star and ending with Financial Express in 2008,He is one of the most sought-after English language editors in Bangladesh and his book, The Year That Was, published in 1996 is considered a classic. Currently, he is working on editing and publishing his media columns.