7 Most amazing facts of the Indian Army

Indian Army

The Second biggest army in the world- The Indian Army. Protecting its civilians even being severely wounded shows the passion of Indian Soldiers. They protect us by giving the ultimate sacrifice of their lives.

We as Indians should be proud that despite being this large, our army never attacked any nation First. Today, we are safe and enjoying peace just because our brave soldiers are guarding our borders.

There are many amazing facts about our Indian Army but its a shame not many people know about it. In this article we will tell you about the 7 Most amazing facts of the Indian Army.

Indian Army is World’s Largest All-Volunteer Force

If you don’t know about the fact that the Indian Army is the world’s biggest volunteer force. Then think again about what you know about the Indian Army. You should know that there are countries where it is compulsory to join Military service. But in India where resides the second largest army in the world people volunteer to join the military. 

In a regimental system where an enlisted troupe normally spends their entire career in the regiment. Some regiments are formed on the basis of religious, ethnic or regional identities to boost the morale of soldiers.

Depending on geography and operation, they are divided into seven commands – Army Training Command, Central Command, Eastern Command, Northern Command, Southern Command, South Western Command, and Western Command.

Largest contributor in the UN Peacekeeping Force

Indian Army besides being one of the most powerful armies in the world. It is also the biggest Peacekeeper in the world. In the peacekeeping operations, the United Nations mostly trusts Indian Soldiers and deploys them in the PeaceKeeping Operations. 

The Indian Army has been the largest contributor to the UN peacekeeping forces, and India also holds credit for forming the first Female Formed Police Unit under the UN.

Indian Army holds the highest battlefield in the World

Did you know that the World’s highest battlefield is Siachen Glacier. It resides at the height of 5000 meters above sea level. The Indian soldiers have successfully defended this region against all conflicts and aggressions. 

It holds high significance in terms of national security because of its height. But due to extreme weather conditions of the glacier, it is very difficult to defend the region. The temperature can reach as low as -50° Celsius. Can you imagine how cold it gets and how many soldiers have died due to this extreme cold. 

But to protect its people soldiers endure this harsh weather and many soldiers were even martyred in the Siachen Glacier. 

Largest Defense Infrastructure Development Agency

India has the oldest and largest Defence Infrastructure Development Agency in the world called Military Engineering Services (MES). It is responsible for some of the best constructions across the country. MES built the Khardungla Pass which is the highest motorable road in the world and  the Magnetic Hill in Leh, and so on. They are often consulted to deliver projects that require swift and efficient action.

MES is primarily employed in engineering and construction for the Indian Armed Forces, including the Army, Navy, Air Force, the Ordnance Factory Board, and the DRDO. It is also involved in complex projects, including hospitals, airfields, buildings, workshops, roads, runways, hangars, dockyards, wharves, and other marine structures. MES has been entrusted with the construction of the Indian National War Memorial.

Built the Highest bridge in the world

India’s Military Engineering Services and the Border Roads Organisation built the highest bridge in the world in 1982. The Bridge is called the Bailey Bridge. It is built between the Dras and Suru rivers in the Himalayas. It is at one of the most difficult geolocations at the height of an altitude of 5,602 meters above sea level. 

The Border Roads Organisation is also responsible for building roads and giving accessibility to the areas in the Himalayas which were once inaccessible.

Best in the world in high altitude warfare

The Indian Army is the best in high altitude warfare in the world. The High Altitude Warfare School (HAWS) of the Indian Army is an elite training center, sought by Special Ops teams from many countries.  During the Kargil War of 1999, Indian forces sought to flush out opponents who had captured high mountain posts. That proxy war was the only modern war that was fought exclusively in the mountains. 

After the Kargil War, the Indian Army implemented specialist training on artillery use in the mountains, where ballistic projectiles have different characteristics than at sea level.

Did you know that the Indian Army was at a disadvantage in the Kargil War because the enemy had occupied high altitude regions. But India still won the war this should prove that India is World’s Best in High altitude warfare.

Indian Army has world’s one of three cavalry units

Did you know that India’s 61st cavalry unit is one of the world’s three cavalry units. It is a horsed Cavalry Regiment. While the regiment is used primarily during ceremonial occasions, they can also be deployed for internal security purposes. 

It is notable for being one of the largest, and also one of the last, operational non mechanized horse-mounted cavalry units in the world.

On Republic Day each year the 61st Cavalry and the President’s Bodyguard parade in full dress uniform in New Delhi, in what is probably the largest assemblage of traditional cavalry still to be seen in the world. It is currently based in Jaipur

The achievements of the Indian Army, or the number of instances we as a country need to be thankful to them for, are numerous, and almost impossible to list down. They have made us proud on countless occasions, and have made umpteen sacrifices so that we can live in peace. 

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