“I regret I have but one life to give my country”
SERVICE BEFORE SELF – Motto of Indian Army
An epitome of brotherhood, selfless service and more than that love for the country is what the Indian Army is all about. Before starting my article, I want to give my heartfelt salute to the Indian Army soldiers who protect us like a wall instead of freezing cold or sizzling heat. They are our fathers, brothers sons and above all our real-life heroes. It is because of them we live our life peacefully here. Be it Sikh or Marathi, Madrasi or Gurkha, regardless of where they hail from, they all belong to one big family called INDIAN. In order to felicitate our soldiers, we celebrate the 15th of January as ARMY DAY. On account of Army day, here are the few facts about Indian Army that we should know.
1. Indian ARMY is considered as the largest component of the entire armed forces of military arms. They have active frontline personnel of approximately 1,215,049 soldiers and reserves personnel of approximately 960,000 soldiers which makes it as the second most largest army in the world. It ranks fourth in Total Military power following China, Russia and United States.
2. The Indian Army is commanded by the CHIEF OF ARMY STAFF(COAS) and the President of India is the Supreme Commander.
3. No reservation or discrimination is observed in the Indian army to preserve unity.
4. Indian army is known to be the LARGEST STANDING VOLUNTEER ARMY. Even though conspiration is present in the constitution, it was never imposed.
5. Indian Army has Horsed Cavalry Regiment namely 61st Cavalry Regiment. The 61st Cavalry is one of the world’s last remaining non-ceremonial cavalry units.
6. India has total sovereign control over the Siachen glacier, which is the highest battlefield in the world at 5000 meters above mean sea level. There’s 10% of the amount of oxygen available in Siachen than it is in plains. The soldiers here have to survive minus 60-degree temperature. The snowstorm is a big issue for soldiers protecting the glaciers.
7. Baily bridge, located in the Ladakh valley between Dras river and Suru river in the Himalayan mountains, is built by the Indian Army. Baily bridge is the bridge at the highest elevation in the world.
8. The battle of Longewala was a prime engagement between India and Pakistan during the 1971 war. A battalion of just 120 Indian soldiers defeated approximately 2000 soldiers of Pakistan having 2 infantry brigades and 2 armoured brigades.
9. High Altitude Warfare School is established by Indian Army and trains soldiers predominantly for warfare in highest battlefields like Siachen Glacier. It also trains Indian Army Personnel’s for winter sports.