The Indian Army is the world’s 2nd largest infantry which was realized in its present form under British colonial rule. Since then, we have grown to be the world’s one of the most premier fighting forces. Today the Indian army stands atop the South Asian zone, seeking to secure its frontiers from all kinds of threat. In its long and storied history, these are the 5 most decorated regiments.
The Sikh Regiment– The Sikh Regiment is an infantry regiment of the Indian Army. Sikh regiment is the highest decorated regiment of the Indian Army and in 1979, the 1st battalion was the Commonwealth’s most decorated battalion with 245 pre-independence and 82 post-independence gallantry awards, when it was transformed into the 4th battalion, Mechanized Infantry Regiment. In all, the regiment has to its credit 1652 gallantry awards and honours including ,2 Param Vir Chakras, 8 Maha Vir Chakras,64 Vir Chakras, 4 Ashoka Chakra, 14 Victoria Cross, 21 Indian Order of Merits. This makes the Sikh regiment a highly decorated unit in India.
11th Gorkha Regiment– 11 Gorkha Rifles was officially re-raised on 1 January 1948, with the regimental centres at Palampur and Santa Cruz, Mumbai. The regimental centre was subsequently shifted to Jalapahar in Darjeeling, and then moved to Clement Town, Dehradun for a brief period, and finally to Lucknow where it was firmly established. The battle honours of the regiment are Bogra, East Pakistan 1971, Shingo River Valley, Jammu and Kashmir 1971 and Batalik, Op Vijay J&K 1999. Theater honours are East Pakistan 1971 Jammu and Kashmir and Kargil for Operation Vijay 1999. This makes the Gorkha Rifles such a highly decorated and feared unit in India.
Kumaon Regiment– The Kumaon Regiment is the highest decorated regiment of the Indian Army. The regiment traces its origins to the 18th century and has fought in every major campaign of the British Indian Army and the Indian Army, including the two world wars. The Kumaon Rajput regiment is the highest decorated regiment in Indian Army. The regiment has won 2 Param Vir Chakras, 4 Ashoka Chakras, 15 Maha Vir Chakras, 6 Kirti Chakras, 2 Uttam Yudh Seva Medals, 78 Vir Chakras, 1 Vir Chakra & Bar, 23 Shaurya Chakras, 1 Yudh Seva Medal, 127 Sena Medals, 2 Sena Medals and Bar, 8 Param Vishisht Seva Medals, 24 Ati Vishisht Seva Medals, 1 PV, 2 PB, 1 PS, 1 AW and 36 Vishisht Seva Medals. This makes the Kumaons another feared regiment of the Indian Armed Forces.
Rajputana Rifles– The Rajputana Rifles is the oldest rifle regiment and one of the senior-most regiments of the Indian Army. It was originally raised in 1921 as part of the British Indian Army, when six previously existing regiments were amalgamated to form six battalions of the 6th Rajputana Rifles. In 1945 the numeral designation was dropped from the title and in 1947 the regiment was transferred to the newly independent Indian Army. Since independence, the regiment has been involved in a number of conflicts against Pakistan, as well as contributing to the Custodian Force (India) in Korea under the aegis of the United Nations in 1953-54 and to the UN Mission to the Congo in 1962. As a rifle regiment it uses a bugle horn as its insignia, the same as the British Light Division, but unlike its British counterparts, the Rajputana Rifles march at the same march pace used in the Indian Army as a whole. This regiment is also highly decorated with numerous Param Vir chakra, Maha vir chakras, Ashoka Chakras and Military Crosses amongst its decorated soldiers.
Naga Regiment– The Naga Regiment is an infantry regiment of the Indian Army. It is among the youngest regiments of the Indian Army – the first battalion was raised in Ranikhet in 1970. The regiment recruits mainly from Nagaland, in northeast India. 2 Naga has been deployed on the UN mission in Sudan and was awarded with UN Force Commander’s Appreciation Card. The Army then conducted a special recruitment drive for all category of posts to recruit 325 Naga youths across the state. GOC Nagaland, Major General R. N. Kapur, said at least 3,000 Naga youths would be recruited in the Army, Assam Rifles and reserve battalions in 2014 and hoped the youth would avail the opportunity to join the armed forces. Amongst its honors, it has 1 Maha Vir Chakra ,8 Vir Chakras, Kirti Chakra (Major.David Manlun) Posthumous, 6 Shaurya Chakras, 1 Yudh Seva Medal,1 Vishist Seva Medal, 48 Sena Medals
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