ARMY DAY: The selfless attitude, the service to the nation and the valor shown by the security forces of India is always respected.
On January 15, 2018, India will be celebrating the 70th Army Day. The reason we observe the Army Day on January 15 is in recognition of Field Marshal K M Cariappa‘s taking over as India’s first commander in chief in 1949. Cariappa took the charge from then General Francis Butcher who was also the last commander in chief from the British empire. On this day, at multiple cities across India will observe the security personnel will conduct parade. In New Delhi, the annual parade at the Cariappa Parade Ground will take place. Army chief General Bipin Rawat attended the event and reviewed the parade. General Rawat also presented awards to army personnel.
The selfless attitude, the service to the nation and the valor shown by the security forces of India is always respected. On the occasion of Army Day, here are some amazing facts about Indian Army that will beam your chest with pride:
Facts about Indian Army:
– The Indian Army is the 2nd largest standing army in the world. Indian Army has about 1, 129, 900 active troops and 960,000 reserve troops.
– Indian Army functions at the Siachen Glacier which is about 5000 meters above sea level. The glacier is regarded as the highest battlefield in the world.
– The Indian army has a horsed cavalry regiment which is among last 3 such regiments in the world.
– Sepoy Kamal Ram of Royal Indian Army was the youngest Indian to receive Victoria Cross for his valor in WW2 at just the age of 19.
– Assam Rifles, formed in 1835, is the oldest paramilitary force in India.
– The High Altitude Warfare School (HAWS) from Indian Army is often regarded as one of the most elite military training centers in the world. Even the US Special Forces trained at HAWS before their deployment during the invasion of Afghanistan.
– In December 1971, the Battle of Longewala was fought between India and Pakistan. This battle is interesting because with just 120 Indian soldiers and a jeep with a M40 recoilless rifle stood its ground against 2000 Pakistani soldiers. As the Indian soldiers held their ground all through the night. The help from the Air Force came in the morning.