The Assam Regiment, an infantry regiment of the Indian Army, began its four-day Platinum Jubilee celebrations at its regimental centre here in Meghalaya.
The four-day celebrations would include presentation of colours to four of the newly-raised Battalions of Assam Regiment, dedication of War Memorial, commemoration of the raising, battalion get-together, Sainik Sammelan and inauguration of a museum, Defence PRO Group Captain Amit Mahajan said.
Here are five facts about ‘The Assam Regiment’
#1. The Assam Regiment was raised on June 15, 1941 in Shillong by Lieutenant Colonel Ross Howman at the Governor’s House of the undivided Assam. The House is the present day Raj Bhavan in Meghalaya’s capital Shillong.
#2. The Regimental Center is situated at Happy Valley, Shillong, Meghalaya. The regiment’s emblem is the rhino, which is worn on the berets and belts that the soldiers (the self-named “Rhinos”) wear. The regimental salutation of “tagra raho” (“stay strong/fit”) is unique in the Indian Army.
#3. After Independence, the Assam Regiment has participated in all the wars India has fought against Pakistan and against China. The soldiers of the regiment were also inducted in the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) in Sri Lanka and UN Peace Keeping Force in Cambodia.
#4. The Assam Regiment has the unique distinction of winning six battle honours and theatre honour of Myanmar during the Second World War and also had the distinction of winning Battle honour of Chhamb and theatre honour of Jammu and Kashmir in 1947-48 and again in 1971
#5. Three battalions of the regiment also acquitted themselves admirably at Siachen Glacier, the highest battlefield of the world.
The greeting ‘Tagda Raho’ will ring across the picturesque Happy Valley in Shillong as former commanding officers get together with retired and serving ‘Rhinos’ — as the troops call themselves — during the celebrations.
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