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1:05 am - Monday November 20, 2017

Army celebrates 70th Infantry Day

Tributes paid to martyrs, Lt. Gen. Ghuman greets soldiers

Staff Reporter, Bhopal

A wreath-laying ceremony at the Sudarshan Chakra War Memorial was organised by the Army in the Madhya Pradesh capital with traditional solemnity to commemorate the 70th Infantry Day.

Lieutenant General IS Ghuman, General Officer Commanding Sudharshan Chakra Corps paid obeisance to martyrs and laid the wreath in remembrance and honour of all those who made the supreme sacrifice for the country in the line of duty, an Army release here said.

On 27 October 1947, the first Indian Army contingent of the First Battalion of The Sikh Regiment landed at the Srinagar airfield and defended Srinagar from Pakistani invaders. The gallant infantrymen fought with courage alongside the brave Kashmiris.

The entire campaign was predominantly Infantry centric and thus October 27 is commemorated as Infantry Day. The Infantry’s sobriquet, ‘Queen of the Battle’, truly signifies the pre-dominance of the largest fighting arm of the Indian Army. It is the backbone of the Army and its soldiers are at the forefront in any battle.

Infantry is also the oldest, most battle-hardened and combat-tested arm of the Army. Perseverance in the face of odds, selfless devotion of infantrymen and their supreme sacrifice in the call of duty, goes to make Infantry the most indispensable arm of the Indian Army.

Both pre- and post-independence history of India is replete with examples of patriotism, valour and fortitude of the infantrymen. The Indian Infantry not only proved its mettle in the two World Wars, but has made outstanding contributions in the four wars since Independence.

Their accomplishments in the Siachen Glacier, on the treacherous peaks on the Line of Control (LoC) and while fighting militancy in jungles of Kashmir and North-East have won them accolades. The Infantry has also been at the forefront in rendering aid to civil authorities in various parts of the nation and peace keeping operations abroad.

Speaking to the army personnel, Lt Gen Ghuman complimented all infantrymen for devotion towards duty and indomitable spirit while working under trying and difficult conditions. He acknowledged their tremendous contribution in maintaining the sanctity of the nation’s borders and fighting terrorism.

Posted in: Bhopal

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