Featured Image: Army Chief Gen Dlabir Singh interacts with the children and wife of Havildar Hangpan Dada of the Assam Regiment, who was awarded Ashok Chakra posthumously on 15 August this year. In Shillong on Wednesday. Photo: MoD
By A Newsman
Kolkata, 16 November: ASSAM Regiment of the Indian Army, whose infantry battalion is the only one to have received Battle Honour of Chhamb, has turned 75.
To commemorate the occasion, the Army today organised an elaborate ceremony at the Governor House Lawns in Shillong where the Assam Regiment was raised on 15 June 1941 by Lt Col Ross Howman.
Apart from the Governor of Meghalaya, V Shanmuganathan, none less than the Army Chief Gen Dalbir Singh garced the occasion. GOC-in-C of the Eastern Command, Lt Gen Praveen Bakshi, Colonel of Assam Regiment and Arunachal Scouts Lt Gen Subrata Saha, and other serving officers and Army veterans were also present.
Governor Shanmuganathan unveiled a commemoration plaque and released The Indomitable Rhino Warriors of India’s Northeast that narrates the history of Assam Regiment. The book has been authored by Lt Gen JR Mukherjee and Col Mani K Gahatraj, both retired officers of the Indian Army.
Gen Singh presented ‘Colours’ to the four young Battalions of the Assam Regiment ~ 16 & 17 ASSAM and 1 & 2 ARUNACHAL SCOUTS during an impressive parade led by Brig Sudhir Kumar Jha, Commandant of the Assam Regimental Centre. The Army Chief also dedicated the renovated War Memorial which was built back in 1953.
Assam Regiment was primarily raised to quell the enemy aggression and defend crucial parts of eastern borders of India.
It has won many awards in various operations that incldue six Battle Honours and a Theatre Honour of Burma during the World War II, one Theatre Honour of J&K in Keri Sector during 1947-48, Battle Honour of Chhamb and Theatre Honour of J&K.
Significantly, the 5th Battalion of Assam Regiment is the only infantry battalion of the Indian Army to have been awarded the Battle Honour of Chhamb and Theatre Honour of J&K for the 1971 operations for unparalleled valour and sacrifice.
Over the years, Assam Regiment has also excelled in various operations like Op Rakshak, Op Rhino, Op Meghdoot, and the UN Missions at Cambodia, Congo, and Lebanon.
The Regiment has so far been awarded Nine Chief of the Army Staff Unit Citations, Twenty Three Army Commander’s Unit Citations and Two United Nation Force Commander’s Unit Citations.