Battle Honours of
the Indian Army
1757 - 1971
No book in existence
deals fully with the battle honours of the Indian Army and with other related
matters. The need for such a book was keenly felt and self-evident. And the need
has at last been met.
The book starts with
a brief account of the evolution of the Indian Army over the last 300 years
beginning with the enrolment of ‘natives’ by the East India Company in 1683 for
the protection of its factories. A section has been devoted to the now extinct
Indian State Forces some of which were merged with the Indian Army after India
attained Independence in 1947.
The author then
juxtaposes the British Army system and goes on to explain in detail how the
system of battle honours has developed in the Indian Army where it all started
with a Trading Company, and not a Sovereign, awarding battle honours not only to
the Cavalry and the Infantry but also the Artillery and the Sappers and Miners
and the Crown adding Transport Corps of the Princely States for the awards.
Then follows a brief
but balanced account of each honoured campaign and battle from Plassey (1757) to
Poongli Bridge (1971) together with the original authority for award. The list
of honoured units is given at the end of the text. Maps have been added to help
the reader locate the battle and the relevant map number is given immediately
before the text.
The author closes
the magnum opus with offering food for thought on some important issues
specially that of battle honours considered repugnant and no longer permitted to
be emblazoned on Colours.
Index with all relevent cross references including maps completes the volume.
The book, the first
of its kind by an Indian author has many unique features and is a veritable
encyclopaedia in its scope. It contains all you ever wanted to, or need know
about battle honours. It covers all the battle honours ever awarded to the
Indian Army and the Indian State Forces from A (Abyssinia) to Z (Zojila) and
from Pt 171 (North Africa, 1943) to Pt 18042 (Turtok 1971). An authoritative and
definitive reference book which fills a gap in our military literature and a
well-deserved and fitting tribute to the glorious Indian Army and its gallant
men and women.