Cavalry, one of the oldest regiments of the Indian Army with a glorious
history, hosted a reunion recently to honour its war veterans and
ex-servicemen. The celebrations were chaired by Maj Gen JS Varma, Deputy
Master General of Ordnance at Army Headquarters. A large number of serving
as well as retired officers, JCOs and soldiers attended the two-day long
celebrations which provided a unique opportunity to renew the bonds of
camaraderie that exist amongst the soldiers of the Regiment.
in 1842, 18 Cavalry traces its origin back to two outstanding cavalry
regiments initially raised as Irregular Cavalry Regiments of the Bengal
Presidency Army -6th King Edwards Own Cavalry and 7th Hariana Lancers. The
rich irregular ancestry and its service in Burma, Africa, Europe and the
Middle-East in the 19th century and the first world war were fused
together in November 1921 to form the present 18 Cavalry.
The Cavalry Regiment shed its horses
and was mechanised in December 1940 before being moved out for battle in
the second world war in January 1941. During world war-Il, the Regiment
distinguished itself at Tobruk when it formed part of the 9th Australian
Division and was instrumental in stemming the tide of the German Afrika
Corps. The defence of Tobruk has been called "one of the milestones
in the history of world war-II" by all historians.
During the 1965 operations, the
Regiment fought a series of armour battles in the approaches to Sialkot
from Jammu Sector. In 1971, the Regiment was again deployed in the western
sector at Fazilka where it displayed its traditional grit and
determination in the successful defence of the sector. Nb Risaldar Nur
Mohd Khan was awarded a Vir Chakra for displaying exceptional
valour in the face of the enemy.
For its distinguished record, 18
Cavalry has the proud privilege of earning 29 battle honours, two Param
Vishisht Seva Medals, three Ati Vishisht Seva Medals, two Vir
Chakra, three Vishisht Seva Medals, two Sena Medals, four
COAS Commendation Cards and four GOC- in-C Commendation Cards. Before
independence, the Regiment earned three Victoria Cross, six Distinguished
Service Order, 14 Military Cross and 24 Indian Order of Merit.
-Maj (Dr) AK Janardhanan