Things to know about the Infantry Day

Infantry can be termed as the backbone for any army and plays a vital role during peacetime as well as combat times. Infantry respond to local modalities and situations and tackle local environs and enemy tactics. October 27 is celebrated as Infantry Day by the Indian Army as it marks the day when an Infantry Company of the first battalion of the Sikh regiment was airlifted from Delhi to Srinagar to liberate Kashmir from the annexing clannish troop reinforced by the Pakistan army.

This day characters Infantry company magnificent contributions speaks volumes of its valor and its efforts in maintaining the inviolability of the country's borders and fighting terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir. Here are things to know about this great day:

  • Maharaja Hari Singh on October 26, 1947 signed the Instrument of Accession thus making the state an integral part of India making Prime Minister Nehru to order Indian Army evict the invaders. The entire campaign was predominantly Infantry centric and its commencement on October 27, 1947 is commemorated as Infantry day.
  • It was on this day in 1947, India as an independent nation was first time engaged in operations against an aggressor.
  • The whole movement took place after Pakistan army had launched ‘Operation Gulmarg' in early October 1947 using tribals to annex Jammu and Kashmir.
  • Hostilities began when a tribal rebellion was instigated in Poonch in South-West Kashmir. By October 20, the Pakistan Army entered the conflict in support of tribal forces. 
  • As nearly 5,000 tribals supported by Pakistan Army invaded Kashmir Valley from Abbottabad on October 22, 1947 which led Maharaja Hari Singh on October 26 signed the Instrument of Accession.
  • The day also cavalcades the devotion to duty and indomitable spirit of the infantrymen while working under trying and difficult conditions.
  • To remember and honour all those members of the Infantry who made the supreme sacrifice fighting Pakistani Raiders in Jammu and Kashmir in 1947, the Indian Army celebrates Infantry Day with traditional solemnity and gaiety every year.



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