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  1. GUNS-N- ROSES

    GUNS-N- ROSES Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    Re: Sikh Light Infantry & Sikh Regiment :INDIAN Army

    sikhs have a glorious history of valour. even though i m a hindu i have deep affection for sikhs

    so every one say

    jo bole so nihal sat sri akaal.

    wahe guruji da khalsa wahe guruji di fateh.
     
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    Re: Sikh Light Infantry & Sikh Regiment :INDIAN Army

    Me too. They're a jewel of India.
     
  3. GUNS-N- ROSES

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    it is true to certain extent that post assasination of indira gandhi sikhs were not given top job. but that has been chnged long back. present army chief is a sikh. sikhs have regularly commanded top positions in armed forces.
     
  4. Eddie

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    Indians has always been known for their bravery and the Indian army is considered one of the bravest armies of the world. Infact India has the third largest army in the whole world.

    The attitude, the persona, the charisma of Indian army officers are simply indispensable.

    Its because of these brave army officers only, that we, the people can sleep freely and live without any fear, because somewhere deep down in our hearts we know we are safe enough because our soldiers are awake at the borders to protect us and our motherland.

    The Indian Army consits of various regiments which guard our country and who are ready to sacrifice their lives at one call from the motherland.

    Lets have a look at the brave regiments of the Indian Army :

    Gorkha Regiments
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    The Gorkha regiment was formerly a part of British Indian Army, but ever since Independence it became an indispensable part of the Indian Army.

    The Gorkha Regiment is know for its courage in the battlefield which is discernible by the gallantary awards won by the Gorkha soldiers and the battle honour awards awarded to the Gorkha battalions.

    Currently there are 7 Gorkha Regiments in the Indian Army out of which six were tranferred from the British Indian Army and one was raised post-independence.

    The 7 Gorkha Regiments of the Indian Army are- 1 Gorkha Rifles, 3 Gorkha Rifles, 4 Gorkha Rifles, 5 Gorkha Rifles, 8 Gorkha Rifles, 9 Gorkha Rifles and 11 Gorkha Rifles. 11 Gorkha Rifles was raised post-independence.

    Out these 7 Gorkha Regiments, 11 Gorkha Rifles have been part of almost all the operations undertaken by the Indian army after independence.

    Their war cry is " Ayo Gorkhali", which means 'The Gorkhas are here'.

    Punjab Regiment
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    Punjab Regiment is the oldest regiment which is still serving the Indian Army. There are numerous battalions of the Punjab regiment thats is serving the country.

    Punjab regiment is not only the oldest regiment of the Indian army but is also the most acclaimed regiment as well.

    Punjab regiment has taken part in vaarious wars and have won various awards as well

    Their war cry is " Jo Bole So Nihaal, Sat Sri Akaal" and " Bol Jawala Maa ki Jai"

    Grenadiers Regiment
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    The Grenadiers Regiment of the Indian Army have a long history of valiance and sacrifice. The Grenadiers have been serving the country much before indpendence during world war-I and world war-II.
    The Grenadiers have won many gallantary awards and battle honours not only after inderpendence, but before independence as well.

    Presently the Grenadiers have the unique honour of having 3 Param Vir Chakras, the highest medal for gallantry in the Indian Army.

    The Grenadiers Regiment comprises of Jats, Rajputs, Dogras, Gujjars, Meenas, Kutchies and other Indian Castes showing the true picture of unity in diversity.

    Their war cry is "SARVADA SHAKTISHALI"

    Rajputana Rifles
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    Rajputana Rifles is the senior most rifle regiment of the Indian Army. Originally raised in 1775, the Rajputana Rifles was re-organised in 1921-22. Earlier it was a part of British Indian Army has been serving the Indian Army post-independence.

    The Rajputana Rifles comprises of various battalions with glorious pasts.

    It also holds the honour of being the first one to win Victoria Cross of the Indian Army in 1856.

    Over the course of its existence, members of the regiment have received 1 Param vir chakra, 1 Ashok Chakra, 1 Padma Bushan, 11 Param Vishisht Seva Medals and several other honours as well.

    Their war cry is " Raja Ram Chandra Ki Jai "

    Jat Regiment
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    The Jat regiment is one of the longest serving infantry regiments of the Indian Army. Jats, who are primarily known for their skill with weapons and in combat, have won 19 battle honours between 1839 to 1947.

    Jat regiment has participted in various operations undertaken by the Indian Army during its 200 years of existence and have won various battle honours pre and post independence.

    Jat regiment is also known as one of the most decorative regiment of the Indian Army and have won 5 battle honours, two Victoria Crosses, Two Ashok Chakras and numerous other medals and honours post independence.

    Their battle cry is " Jat Balwan, Jai Bhagwan"

    Sikh Regiment
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    Sikh Regiment is known as one of the bravest regiments of Indian Army.

    The 19 battalions strong, Sikh regiment is one of the highest decorated regiments of the Indian Army.

    Tracing its roots from the British Indian Army, the Sikh regiment was once one of the highest decorated regiments of the British Empire.

    During Operation Vijay 1999, the Indo-Pak Kargil War, the Sikh regiment displayed sterling performance marked with exceptional valour .

    The regiment holds the privilege of receiving 1652 gallantry awards and honours by the members of the regiment, which include 2 Param Vir Chakras, 14 Maha Vir Chakras 68 Ashok Chakras and many more

    Their was cry is "Jo Bole So Nihaal, Sat Sri Akaal"

    Brave regiments of Indian Army
     
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    [MENTION=9541]ULJUH[/MENTION], the article omitted Madras Regiment, and you are from Tamil Nadu. :rolleyes2:

    Anyways here it is...

    The Madras Regiment
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    Madras Regiment is 20 battalions strong.

    After independence, the infantry battalions of the Travancore "Nair Pattalam", Cochin and Mysore State forces were amalgamated into the Madras Regiment.

    Post-independence saw the consolidation of the Regiment and re-affirmation of the versatility and valour of the South Indian troops when the battalions of the Regiment fought fierce battles during the 1947–48 Jammu & Kashmir Operations, the 1962 Sino-Indian Conflict and the Indo-Pak Wars of 1965 and 1971. The deployment of as many as seven battalions of the Regiment in Sri Lanka during Operation Pawan in 1987–89 was a testimony to the faith the Indian Army reposed in the loyalty, dedication and valour of the troops of the Madras Regiment.

    Two battalions (3 and 25 Madras) of the Regiment have been awarded unit citations by the COAS in recognition of their splendid service in combating insurgency in Jammu & Kashmir and Punjab. Further two battalions served the nation, in the world's highest battlefield in the subzero temperatures of Siachen Glacier. The Madras Regiment has taken part in various humanitarian aid operations in India. It has also taken part in various UN Peacekeeping missions.

    War Cry is : "Veera Madrassi, Adi Kollu , Adi Kollu" (Brave Madrassi, Hit and Kill, Hit and Kill!)
     
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    [MENTION=9541]ULJUH[/MENTION] Thanx for starting such a nice thread.
     
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    how abt Maratha, Maher regiments
     
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    They left out the Maratha Light Infantry, they were instrumental in liberation of Goa
    I guess this thread is still incomplete
     
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  9. tunguska

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    They have left out kumaon regiment which is most decorated regiment in Indian army. Even I can’t see garhwal rifles ,Mahar regiment , Rajput regiment ,J&K Li etc.

    Further Under Sikh regiment photo , it is actually SIKH Light regiment.
     
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    The Maratha Light Infantry

    The Maratha Light Infantry (MLI; also the Ganpats) is an elite regiment of the Indian Army.
    It was formed as the 103rd Maharattas in 1768,
    making it the most senior light infantry regiment of the Army.


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    The class composition of the regiment is primarily formed by hardy, frugal and disciplined people from the former Maratha Empire.The men are drawn from the state of Maharashtra, with some percentage from Marathi speaking areas of Karnataka including Coorg. Their regimental centre has been Belgaum, Karnataka, since 1922, which was part of the undivided Bombay state at that time. The battle cry of Maratha Light Infantry is, Bol Shri Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj ki Jai! ("Cry Victory to Emperor Shivaji!") in tribute to the Maratha emperor Chhatrapati Shivaji Raje Bhosle

    Indian independence saw the Regiment reverting to the original five battalions, with the 3rd Maratha Light Infantry converting to the airborne role and becoming 2nd Bn, the Parachute Regiment in April 1952. With the integration of the erstwhile princely states, the 19th, 20th, 22nd battalions were amalgamated, from the state forces of Satara, Kolhapur, Baroda, and Hyderabad, with the Regiment. The expansion of the Indian Army to meet the omnipresent threat to its borders has seen the Regiment grow to its present total of 18 battalions and two TA battalions whilst the period also saw the conversion of 21st Bn into 21 Para (Special Forces) and the 115 Infantry battalion (TA) being grouped under the Mahar Regiment.

    Since Independence, battalions of the Maratha LI have taken part in every armed conflict – Jammu and Kashmir operations in 1947-1948, entry into Junagarh, Hyderabad Campaign (1948), Invasion of Goa, Daman and Diu, the Sino-Indian War, conflicts with Pakistan in 1965 and 1971 against the Chinese on the Sikkim watershed in 1956, the operations[citation needed] in Sri Lanka, the ongoing operations in the Siachen glacier and in counter insurgency operations.
     
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    Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry

    The Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JAK LI) is an infantry regiment of the Indian Army.
    The regimental center is in Srinagar's Airport Complex at Avantipur with a small winter setup near Jammu. It's regimental insignia consists of a pair of crossed rifles. The motto of the regiment is Balidanam Vir Lakshanam (Sacrifice is a characteristic of the Brave).
    The regiment mostly consists of volunteers from the state of Jammu & Kashmir. It has 50% Muslims while the rest represent other ethnic groups from the state.

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    In response to the Pakistani invasion of Kashmir in 1947, local militias were raised for specific sectors, such as Jammu, Leh, Nubra, etc. The militias were a paramilitary force under the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs and operated on the Line of Control. Following the Sino-Indian War of 1962, in 1963 the 7th and 14th Battalions of the J&K Militia were spun off to form the Ladakh Scouts.

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    The militias conducted themselves with great distinction during the Indo-Pakistan War of 1965 and earned 3 Battle Honours during the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971. The troopers of the force felt strongly that they wanted the dignity and privileges of a regular army unit, especially keeping in mind their performance and sacrifice in the recent wars. Keeping this in mind, the then head of the J&K Militia, Brigadier Lekhraj Singh Puar of the Garhwal Rifles, who was on deputation to the Ministry of Home Affairs from the Indian Army, prepared and presented plans to the Ministry of Home Affairs for conversion of the militia into regular unit on his own initiative. These efforts bore fruit, and in 1972, the J&K Militia was converted to a full fledged Army regiment as the Jammu and Kashmir Militia under the Ministry of Defence. Brigadier Puar went on to become the first Colonel of the Regiment. In 1976, the regiment was renamed as the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry.
     
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    Rajput Regiment

    The Rajput Regiment is a regiment in the Indian Army that is composed primarily of the Rajput and Gurjar clans from India. The British designated the Rajputs as a martial race and subsequently employed large numbers of these warriors in the British Indian Army.

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    The association of the Rajputs with the British Indian Army started in 1778, when the 3rd Battalion was raised as the 31st Regiment Bengal Native Infantry. Two other battalions the 1st and 2nd were raised in 1798. The 3rd Battalion fought against Hyder Ali and captured Cuddalore. It was after this battle that the crossed daggers (also known as katars) as a badge was granted in recognition of gallantry, this since has been adopted as the badge by the Rajput Regiment. The 1st Battalion fought at the battle of Delhi (1803), which broke the power of the Marathas at the Imperial court. This battalion was in action again at the siege of Bharatpur (1805), of the 400 men who went into the assault at least 50 percent became casualties.

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    The 1st and 4th Battalions participated in the British campaign against the Gurkhas. All the Rajput Battalions (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and the 5th) fought against the Sikhs in the Anglo-Sikh wars. The 5th Battalion captured three Sikh standards at the battle of Gujarat. The 1857 mutiny was mostly confined to the Bengal infantry regiments, during which the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Rajputs were temporarily disarmed. The 1st Battalion was at Saugor and stood firm while guarding the treasury and the arsenal. For its role it was awarded the title of Light Infantry. The Regiment of Lucknow, which later became the 16th Battalion, then the 10th Battalion contributed to the successful defence of the Lucknow Residency. It won two Victoria Crosses and every Sepoy in the regiment was also awarded a medal. The 1st Battalion in 1876 achieved a rare honour by becoming the Queen's Own as well as the Royal regiment.
     
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    Mahar Regiment

    The Mahar Regiment is an Infantry Regiment of the Indian Army. Although it was originally intended to be a regiment consisting of troops from the Mahars in Maharashtra, the Mahar Regiment is one of the only regiments in the Indian Army that is composed of troops from all communities and regions of India.

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    The Mahars were recruited by the Marathi king Shivaji as scouts and fort guards in his army.Mahars have a long and proud tradition of bearing arms. Military service provided them with the opportunity to move beyond their traditional social position in the village. In fact, the Mahar tradition of being in armies precedes the British Raj. The recorded history of the Mahars' military achievements dates back to Shivaji's army in the 1600s. After Shivaji's death, the Mahar units continued to serve his descendants throughout the 1700s. Mahars began their service with the British in 1750s. Heavily recruited in the pre-mutiny years, the Mahars constituted a fifth to a quarter of the entire Bombay Army. In addition to the size of the Mahar contingent, they were also praised for their conduct as soldiers.

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    They were also heavily recruited by the British East India Company, at one part forming one-sixth of the Company's Bombay Army. The Bombay Army especially favoured the Mahar troops for their bravery and loyalty to the Colours, and also because they could be relied upon during the Anglo-Maratha Wars. They achieved many successes, most notably on 1 January 1818, when only 500 Soldiers of Mahar Regiment of the 2nd Battalion of 1st Regiment of the Bombay Native Light Infantry along with 250 cavalrymen and 24 cannon defeated 20,000 horsemen and 8,000 footsoldiers of the Peshwa Army in what would be called the Battle of Koregaon. This battle was commemorated by an obelisk, known as the Koregaon pillar, which featured on the Mahar Regiment crest until Indian Independence. The Bombay Army also saw action in the Indian Mutiny of 1857, and two regiments (the 21st and 27th) joined the revolt under the British.
     
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    Garhwal Rifles

    The Garhwal Rifles is a light infantry or 'rifle' regiment of the Indian Army. It was originally raised as the 39th Garhwal Rifles of the Bengal Army, became part of the old Indian Army, and received its present name on Indian independence. It served during the Frontier campaigns of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, as well in both the World Wars and the wars fought after Independence. Mainly made up of Garhwali soldiers, this regiment has a distinguished record and a unique identity. Today it is made up of more than 25,000 soldiers, organised into nineteen regular battalions (i.e. 2nd to 19th), the Garhwal Scouts who are stationed permanently at Joshimath and two battalions of the Territorial Army including 121 Inf Bn TA and 127 Inf Bn TA (Eco). The 1st Battalion has been converted to a mechanised infantry unit as part of the Mechanised Infantry Regiment as its 6th battalion.

    The regimental insignia is based on the defunct Royal Green Jackets as they are a designated rifle regiment.

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    Prior to 1887, there was no separate battalion of the Garhwali soldiers. They used to be recruited in the Gorkha regiments, Bengal Infantry and Punjab Frontier Force. Impressed by their simplicity, honesty, courage and dedication, the British government decided to form a separate battalion for the Garhwali soldiers. The Garhwal Rifles was raised in 1887 to give the Garhwali hillmen their own regiment. This was propagated by Field Marshal Sir Frederick Sleigh Roberts, VC, who realised that many Garhwalis had served in Gurkha regiments, and majority of the early awards to Gurkha regiments were actually won by Garhwalis soldiers.
    On 5 May 1887, the first battalion was constituted under the command of Lieutenant Colonel E. P. Mainwaring at Almora. It was designated the 2nd Battalion, 3rd (Kumaon) Gurkha Regiment, and it comprised six companies of Garhwalis and two of Gurkhas. On 4 November of the same year, this battalion reached Kalundanda in Garhwal. In 1890, Kalundanda was renamed as Lansdowne after the then Viceroy of India. In 1891, the two Gurkha companies were dropped and the battalion was redesignated the 39th (The Garhwal Rifles) Regiment of Bengal Infantry. This was the first all Garhwali battalion.

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    Following this, the Garhwalis served along the Tibet border, in the Chin Hills and on the North-East and North-West Frontiers of India, where they earned the battle honour 'Punjab Frontier'. In 1901, another battalion was raised as part of the Bengal Infantry. This was designated the 49th (The Garhwal Rifles) Regiment of Bengal Infantry. Later that same year, this battalion and the 39th were regimented together to form the 1st and 2nd Battalions, 39th Garhwal Rifles.
     
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    The Brigade of Guards


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    • Regimental Centre: Kamptee, near Nagpur in Maharashtra.
    • Regimental Insignia: Garuda - A mythological eagle king.
    • Motto: Pahla Hamesha Pahla (Ahead Always Ahead).
    • War Cry: Garud Ka Hun Bol Pyare (I am from the Guards, Say O Friend).

    Regimental Battalions: 1st Battalion (former 2 Punjab)
    .................................2nd Battalion(former 1 Grenadiers)
    .................................3rd Battalion (former 1 Rajputana Rifles)
    .................................4th Battalion (former 1 Rajput)
    .................................5th Battalion
    .................................6th Battalion
    .................................7th Battalion
    .................................8th Battalion
    .................................9th Battalion
    .................................10th Battalion
    .................................11th Battalion
    .................................12th Battalion
    .................................13th Battalion
    .................................14th Battalion
    .................................15th Battalion
    .................................16th Battalion
    .................................17th Battalion
    .................................18th Battalion
    .................................19th Battalion (Anti-tank guided missile regiment)


    Post-Independence

    • Theatre Honours: Jammu & Kashmir - 1947-48, Rajasthan - 1965, Punjab - 1965, East Pakistan - 1971 and Jammu & Kashmir - 1971.
    • Battle Honours: Akhaura, Burki, Gadra Road, Hilli, Naushera, Gurais, Shingo River Valley, Sylhet and Ganga Sagar.
    • Honours & Awards: 2 Param Vir Chakras, 2 Ashok Chakras, 1 Padma Bushan, 8 Param Vishisht Seva Medals, 6 Maha Vir Chakras, 4 Kirti Chakras, 46 Vir Chakras, 18 Shaurya Chakras, 77 Sena Medals, 10 Ati Vishisht Seva Medals, 3 Yudh Seva Medals, 16 Vishisht Seva Medals, 45 Mention-in-Despatches, 151 COAS's Commendation Cards and 79 GOC-in-C's Commendation Cards.
    • Comments: The first all class mixed regiment was raised in August 1949, by grouping the senior most battalions from four senior infantry regiments. The Regiment was accorded the senior position in the infantry and takes rank first in the arm. Punjab, Grenadiers, Rajputana Rifles and Rajput Regiments provided the battalions that started the Guards. Succeeding battalions were raised by direct recruitment. It's battalions have formed part of United Nations forces in Gaza (Middle East) and Angola. In addition to the 19 infantry battalions, the Regiment also has two Territorial Army battalions and one Rashtriya Rifles battalion.

    Guards have made a special name for themselves in the Indian Army, by their combat record and excellence in almost all fields of war and peace. Mechanisation of these battalions is likely to be completed, as only four battalions were left in March 1999. The mechanised battalions of the regiment have already acquired BMP-2 ICVs, anti-tank guided missile launchers and other equipment utilised in mechanized forces. The 19 Guards operates anti-tank guided missiles, while four other battalions operate in the Recce & Support role. These four fight right on the border as frontal support units to the main battalions.

    The President of India is the Colonel-in-Chief and the Chief of Army Staff is the Honorary Colonel. The 4 Guards (1 Rajput) (Mech) has the unique distinction of having an extra Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) on its establishment to carry the Honorary Colour (the only battalion among the entire Commonwealth nations to be awarded this honour for collective gallantry).

    Naik Jadunath Singh, 4 Guards, was the first recipient of the Param Vir Chakra (Posthumous) for the Regiment. Although Naik Jadunath Singh was from the 1 Rajput when he was awarded the PVC posthumously in 1947, his regiment was one of the first four battalions to form the Guards Regiment in 1949 and thus his award is now with the 4 Guards. Interestingly, the Rajput Regiment adds Naik Jadunath Singh's PVC to it's award list as well. Lance Naik Albert Ekka, 14 Guards, was the second recipient of the Param Vir Chakra (Posthumous) for the Regiment, in 1971. The two Ashok Chakra winners in the Regiment are Havildar Bishan Singh in 1956 and Lieutenant Colonel Jasbir Raina for Operation Blue Star in 1984.
     
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