Kodendera Subayya Thimayya

Kodendera Subayya Thimayya

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Kodendera Subayya Thimayya, PB, DSO ( Kodava Kannada : ಕೊದಂಡೇರ ಸುಬ್ಬಯ್ಯ ತಿಮ್ಮಯ್ಯ ) was a distinguished soldier of the Indian Army who served as Chief of Army Staff from 1957 to 1961 in the crucial years leading up to the conflict with China in 1962. After the Korean War, Thimayya headed an United Nations unit dealing with the repatriation of prisoners of war. After his retirement from the Indian Army, he went on to command the United Nations peacekeeping force in Cyprus. While in Cyprus, he died of a heart attack, in 1965.


Thimayya was born in Madikeri, the district town of Kodagu ( also known as Coorg), Karnataka, on March 30, 1906 as the son of a wealthy planter.On father side, he belonged to Kodendera clan to which indis's first commander in chief Cariappa also belonged.His maternal uncle C B Ponappa was in first batch of commissioned officers from Indore school and a batchmate of Cariappa. Desiring that he receive a good education, he was sent at the age of eight years to St Joseph's College in Coonoor a convent run by Irish brothers. Later, Thimayya was sent to Bishop Cotton Boys' School in Bangalore. After completing school, Thimayya was sent to the Prince of Wales Royal Indian Military College , a necessary stepping stone for a commission in the Indian Army.His elder brother Ponappa (later joined INA )as well as younger brother Somayya (died in a mine accident in 1947-48 Kashmir operations) joined Indian...
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