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Commander of the Turkish Naval Force visiting India

Commander of the Turkish Naval Force visiting India

Admiral E Murat Bilgel, Commander of the Turkish Naval Forces visiting India from 04-08 Nov 12.

Learning the Art of War on a Sand Model

Learning the Art of War on a Sand Model

The character and mode of warfare changes with time and region. The Indian Army is currently fighting proxy wars, insurgency and terrorism, even while it maintains the utmost level of vigil, preparation and readiness for a conventional war that may be forced upon by its adversaries. Soldiers must therefore be physically and mentally robust to meet the demands and operational challenges of difficult terrain.

Ma?jor General Ng Chee Meng, Chief of Air Force, RSAF, calls on Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne, Chief of IAF

Major General Ng Chee Meng, Chief of Air Force, RSAF, calls on Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne, Chief of IAF

Major General Ng Chee Meng, Chief of Air Force, Republic of Singapore Air Force calls on Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne, Chief of the Air Force, Indian Air Force at Air Headquarters (Vayu Bhawan), New Delhi on 31 October 2012.

On the firing range

On the firing range

The training of young recruits introduces new entrants to the profession of arms. It makes them physically fit, mentally robust and adept in use of their personal weapons.

Grooming of Gentleman Cadets

Grooming of Gentleman Cadets

The Armed Forces expect high standards from their personnel in respect of their turnout in military uniform, in civilian attire, as also in their appearance.

War Wounded participated in the Delhi Half-Marathon

War Wounded participated in the Delhi Half-Marathon

The War Wounded Foundation had participated in the Delhi Half-Marathon on Sunday 30 September 2012. A total of three officers, 1 JCO and 12 jawans, all disabled, ran in the Great Delhi Run, as a group and completed the full race. The distance was approximately seven km.

P-8I for India completes first flight

P-8I for India completes first flight

The second Boeing P-8I aircraft for the Indian Navy completed its initial flight on July 12, taking off from Renton Field at 3:29 p.m. and landing two hours and 14 minutes later at Boeing Field in Seattle. The P-8I, a derivative of the Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 commercial airplane, is the second of eight long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft Boeing is building for India.

Soldierly Pride!

Soldierly Pride!

A final look at himself by the Commandant's stick orderly - 11 GRRC

siege of Kedah

Siege of Kedah

Depiction of the siege of Kedah, the battle between Beemasenan’s Chola naval infantry and the defenders of Kedah fort (Malaysia).

Khaki Drill

Khaki Drill

Towards the middle of the nineteenth century, while fighting in the northwest, the British realized that the red-jacketed dress then in use was too conspicuous in the rocky and barren countryside. Soon most of the Indian and British Infantry units were using coarse white drill, died Khaki drab locally, using many innovative pigments. The practice continued. Much later, in 1883, a representative of a cotton mill in Manchester, while on a visit to India, recognized the commercial potential of fast dyed Khaki that could take rough washings and the scorching Indian sun. Whereas the firm patented the cloth and the colour in 1884, it was only in 1902 that Khaki became the official dress for the Army in India. Olive green came in use with the campaign in Burma and continues to be the colour of the summer uniform in our Army.

British Indian Army: A Fact File

British Indian Army: A Fact File

• Till as late as 1747 native sepoys of the Madras Presidency were called peons. • East India Company started giving commission to Indian officers in 1763. • Trousers were first issued to infantry soldiers in 1817. • The rank of Subedar Major came about in 1818. • From the time the Victoria Cross (VC) was instituted in 1856 till 1943 it was struck from the metal of the guns captured at Sebastopol in the Crimean war. • Right to receive VC was extended to the Indian soldiers in 1911. • Till 1918 Indians were not eligible for the King’s Commission.

IAF: Independence Day, 2012

IAF: Independence Day, 2012

Hats off to the dedicated team and Pilots of IAF, no one else can do it…

The Brass Bell

Brass Bell captured during Op Chindits

This brass bell weighing about 40 Kgs was captured by 3/4 GR as part of 30 Column on 22 June 1944 in Burma during Operation Chindits.

Battle of Basantar 1971

Battle of Basantar 1971

Clearance of Gazipur Forest by Mechanised Infantry - Battle of Basantar 1971

First ever Field Marshal

First Field Marshal of Indian Army

Sam Manekshaw was one of the greatest soldiers and war hero that India has ever had. His long military career is studded with achievements including the successful campaign of the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 that led to the creation of Bangladesh. He became the 8th Chief of Army Staff (COAS) of the Indian Army in 1969 and though the Indian army had limited resources he crafted them to become brave soldiers and tasted victory on each occasion. After four years as COAS he was awarded the honorary rank of Field Marshal in 1973.

MARCOS take oath in blood

MARCOS take oath in blood

Marine Commandos (MARCOS) take oath in blood.

Salute to a Wing Commander

Salute to a Wing Commander

On 19 Dec 2011, Wg Cdr Vatsal Kumar Singh was detailed to fly a helicopter in a low level mission in the densely forested and heavily Naxal infested area, in support of the CRPF. The landing site was only a small clearing in the jungle with very tall trees around it and an undulating landing surface, which made the task even more difficult. After having completed two shuttles and having transported thirty commandos, while he was executing the third shuttle with seventeen persons on board, his helicopter was fired upon with automatic weapons from the left and below the aircraft. He immediately turned away from the probable direction of fire and gained height. After having ascertained that all aircraft parameters were normal, he decided to return to base, i.e. Jagdalpur. Subsequently, the aircraft started experiencing severe vibrations and the entire cargo compartment was filled with the smell of burnt explosives. The severe vibrations made it extremely challenging to make sure that the helicopter does not go out of control with an any time possibility of an engine malfunction, Wg Cdr VK Singh kept his calm and controlled the helicopter with his professional acumen and flying skills. He reduced the speed and minimised the vibrations and kept a close vigil on the vital engine parameters. His calm and controlled composure and exceptional courage ensured that he tracked every event in the helicopter meticulously and brought seventeen men and the machine to safety, in an extremely professional manner after flying for forty long and demanding minutes. In recovering the helicopter and personnel on board from the precarious situation in the face of intense danger and imminent threat to life, he showed exceptional courage and flying skills of the highest order. For this exceptional display of courage, inspirational leadership and composure under adverse conditions, Wing Commander Vatsal Kumar Singh has been awarded Shaurya Chakra.

Manekshaw vs Sarin

Manekshaw vs Sarin

The tales from yester years ... On a rather warm day the Defence Secretary, Harish Sarin, a powerful civil servant, on entering the Ministry’s conference room is said to have told a Colonel sitting near a window, “You there, open that window!” Before the Colonel could get up came a sharp “Sit down” from Sam Manekshaw, who had just entered the conference room from another door. Turning to the Defence Secretary, he said, “Mr. Secretary, don’t you ever address my Officers in that tone of voice. You may however say,“Sam, would you please open that window, and I will open the window for you. That Officer you called out to is a Colonel, and not ‘You there’.” Harish Sarin mumbled something to the effect that he didn’t mean it that way, to which Sam replied, ”I don’t care how you meant it. I heard it & didn’t like it.

You could have heard a pin drop

Robert Whiting in Paris

Robert Whiting, an elderly US gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by plane. At French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport in his carry on. "You have been to France before, Monsieur ?" the Customs officer asked sarcastically. Mr. Whiting admitted that he had been to France previously."Then you should know enough to have your passport ready." The American said, 'The last time I was here, I didn't have to show it." "Impossible. Americans always have to show their passports on arrival in France!" the Customs officer sneered. The American senior gave the Frenchman a long, hard look. Then he quietly explained ... " Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach, at 4:40am, on D-Day in 1944, to help liberate your country, I couldn't find a single Frenchman to show a passport to. ... "

IAF Rescue Mission

IAF Rescue Mission

IAF Helicopter carrying out relief rescue mission from Harsil, Uttrakhand.