I started researching about ORBAT (Order of Battle) of India, China and Pakistan in earnest after I started writing a military thriller Kaalkut. My aim at first was just to get a somewhat detailed idea of the forces which could be used to write a realistic scenario, but it turned in to a detailed project by itself. Main problem with searching anything about China is unreliability of data as most of the information sources are tightly controlled by the communist government and the language barrier. Only a few other sources exist like a handful of military and civilian experts, pictures, maps and some books. So what was supposed to be just background research for the book, turned out to be a whole topic by itself, worthy of a short series of posts on the website.
I have spent a lot of time collecting and verifying this data from a number of sources which I will provide in last post of this series. This information may be outdated in a few years or perhaps months due to rapid changes still going on. Some posts will have only partial information which I may add later. Due to volume of data, I’ve divided the whole thing in to multiple posts linked below.