Every year on January 15, India celebrates the Army Day. This year the nation would be celebrating its 72nd Army Day.
This Army Day would be historical, as for the first time a woman army officer would lead the Army Day Parade. Tania Sher Gill a fourth-generation army officer would be leading an all-men contingent as the Parade Adjutant.
The day is celebrated in recognition of Lieutenant General Kodandera M. Cariappa’s taking over as the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army from General Sir Francis Butcher, the last British Commander-in-Chief of India, on January 15, 1949.
The day is also celebrated to honor our country’s soldiers’ courage and valor who set the greatest example of selfless service and above all, love for the country.
All you need to know:
1. Indian Army is one of the most powerful militaries of the world; competing with superpowers like United States, Russia and China.
2. The President of India is the supreme commander of the Indian Army.
3. Earlier known as the military department, the Indian Army was created within the Government of the East India Company at Kolkata in the year 1776.
4. Comprising 80% of the country’s active defence personnel, the Indian Army is the biggest volunteer army in the world.
5. Siachen Glacier, world’s highest battlefield located 5000 meters above sea level is controlled by the Indian Army.
6. Indian Army is one of the biggest contributors to the United Nations peacekeeping mission. They are known for its peace-time exercises like Operation Brasstacks and Exercise Shoorveer.
7. Iconic victories of Indian Army include Kargil war, Siachen conflict, Chola incident, Liberation of Goa, Liberation of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, 2nd and 3rd Indo-Pak war, Indo-Sino conflict of 1967.
New Delhi | PBNS Bureau