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time they report to work, they've surrendered themselves to the
cause of keeping us safe. The soldier life...
Every single time they report to work, they've surrendered themselves to the cause of keeping us safe. The soldier life is an intense one.. Simply the fact that we're able to read this post means, there are thousands of watchful eyes ready to fight it out, and lay their lives and familys future should the need requite.
No one deserves as much honor as a soldier does, no one works with such dignity and verve too. Here's bringing out some trivia about the Indian Army. One may never know enough about the inspired duty they do every single day though.
1. Indian Army controls the Siachen glacier, the highest battlefield in the world at a height of over 6000 meters above the mean sea level (MSL).
For those of us that complain about the chill raking weather in winter - the temperature levels at Siachen is about minus 50 degree celsius and the soldiers have a job on their hand.
2. Indian Army's High Altitude Warfare school is the ultimate place to get military training in the world. It is given a visit by special operation teams from US, UK and Russia throughout the year. The U.S army is also said to have trained here before invading Afghanistan.
3. In 1971, 120 soldiers with a recoil-less jeep mounted with M40 rifles did the impossible. They held ground against a Pakistani army of of 2000 soldiers with 45 tanks and one mobile infantry brigade. Our soldiers resisted attacks till the morning until the Air Force could neatly destroy the enemy. This incident is called the Battle of Longewala.
4. In 2013, the largest rescue operation ever was done in Uttarakhand. About 20000 people were rescued as they were airlifted while a total of 3,82,400 kg weighing relief material and equipment was dropped.
5. The highest bridge in the world has been built by the Indian Army. It is in the Ladakh valley between the Dras and Suru rivers in the Himalayas. It is called the Bailey Bridge. Fancy a ride here, no?
6. India went into war with Pakistan in 1971. About 93000 Pakistani soldiers and officials surrendered. The ;largest number that was taken into custody anywhere since World War II. The war also resulted in the formation of Bangladesh.
7. 40000 troops report to duty regularly. 1325000 active troops and 960000 reserve troops are in service to the Indian Army. We also have the biggest voluntary army in the world, ready to fire any given time.
8. AGNI is India's missile series. It failed initially and was trolled by the Pakistanis and Americans alike. AGNI VI is now capable of striking the whole world barring some regions in South and North America.
9. The fastest hypersonic missile is being built by the Indian Army in collaboration with Russia. It is called BrahMos (Brahmaputra + Moscow) and is said to travel 7 times faster than the speed of sound in air.
10. A rather interesting fact: Indian Army and the Pakistani Army work jointly when called in by the UN for the its peace keeping missions. Talk about call of duty.
11. The Indian Army was found in 1776 under the government of East India Company.
12. No country has a larger participation in the UNs peacekeeping missions than our Indian Army.
13. Our Army has never initiated an attack or been part of a military coup.
14. In 1897, the battle of Saragarhi was fought. Barely 21 Sikh soldiers were attacked by an army of 10000 (yes, ten thousand) Afghanistan soldiers. The 21 soldiers became martyrs not before 187 enemies were killed though.
A short incident: After independence, then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru called for a meeting to appoint the next General of the Indian Army. He suggested a British name as none of our soldiers had the experience of leading an army.
Into the face of conventional norm, Lt. General Nathu Singh Rathore stood up, raised his voice to say. 'You see, sir, you dont have enough experience to lead a nation, too. So shouldn't we appoint a British person as first PM of India?'
Inspired by the dynamic response, Nehru enquired if the soldier would take up the role. Lt. General Nathu Singh then proposed the name of Lt. General Cariappa saying he was a more deserving candidate.
Where could we see such valor and conviction but the Indian Army. All these are indeed tiny bits of a colossal story, one probably cannot say enough. Heres saying thank you from the bottom of the heart though. You heroes.