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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.

Charles DeGaule could not respond!

Charles DeGaule could not respond!

JFK'S Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 60's when Charles DeGaule, the French President, decided to pull out of NATO. DeGaule said he wanted all US military out of France as soon as possible. Rusk responded "does that include the 180,000 who are buried here ?" DeGaule could not respond.

Manekshaw in Gujrat

Manekshaw in Gujrat

Field Marshal Sam Bahadur Maneckshaw once started addressing a public meeting at Ahmedabad in English. The crowd started chanting, "Speak in Gujarati. We will hear you only if you speak in Gujarati." Field Marshal Sam Bahadur Maneckshaw stopped. Swept the audience with a hard stare and replied, "Friends, I have fought many a battle in my long career. I have learned Punjabi from men of the Sikh Regiment; Marathi from the Maratha Regiment; Tamil from the men of the Madras Sappers; Bengali from the men of the Bengal Sappers, Hindi from the Bihar Regiment; and even Nepali from the Gurkha Regiment. Unfortunately there was no soldier from Gujarat from whom I could have learned Gujarati."

An equidistant map of the world

An equidistant map of the world

An equidistant map of the world centered on Delhi. Showing true bearings and distance from Delhi. Scale 1 : 45 5 00 000, Projection: Lambert Azimuthal Equidistant (Oblique Aspect), Origin: Delhi, Latitude 28°35’N, Longitude 77°13’E. Read off the value on the graduated circle to get the true bearing to the nearest degree, of well known places radially from Delhi. Examples: True bearings from Delhi to San Francisco, Tokyo, Cape Town and Moscow are 015°, 065°, 226°, and 325°, respectively. Excerpted from: Transition to Guardianship: The Indian Navy 1991-2000

Siachen: The Highest Battlefield

Siachen: The Highest Battlefield

Indian Defence Review salutes each and every Indian Soldier, alive, or who died fighting and winning against Pakistan, at the Siachen - the world's highest battlefield. The recent proposal by Pakistan, to make 'Siachen', into a 'No Man Zone' should never be considered. It would be an Insult, and a mockery of the Indian Men in Arms.

The NDA Dining Hall

The NDA Dining Hall

At the entrance of the Dining Hall of National Defence Academy Khadakwasla, there is a table set for one, with the chair tilted forward. This table is set for the Armed Forces Personnel who are Prisoners of War and forgotten, in the hope that they will return one day.