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SIKHS IN SERVICE OF THE INDIAN ARMY

BY

Maj Gen (Retd) C S Panag, YSM,VSM

 The Sikh Regiments have participated in every war and military operation undertaken by the Indian Army (British India Army before 1947) and have distinguished themselves in valour and bravery. In recognition of the individual and collective acts of bravery, distinguished military service in battle and theatres of war the Regiment has been awarded Battle Honours (82) Theatre Honours (16) and 983 Individual Gallantry Awards which include 10 Victoria Cross before Independence in 1947 and 1758 Gallantry Awards post independence. It is today the most highly decorated Regiment of the Indian Army. The original Regiment of Ferozepur Sikh (now 4 Mechanised Infantry (1 SIKH)) is the most highly decorated unit (in gallantry awards) in the Indian Army and also among 'The Commonwealth Armies'. Two Battalions - 4 Mechanised Infantry (1 SIKH) and 2nd Battalion The Sikh Regiment have been conferred with the title of "Bravest of the Brave". In fact the Regiment believes in the motto ' Valour is our Tradition'.

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