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The Sikh Regiment

The SIKH Regiment is one of the highest decorated regiments of the Indian Army, with 72 Battle Honours, 15 Theatre Honours and 5 COAS Unit Citations besides two PVCs, 14 MVCs, 5 KCs, 67 Vir Chakras and 1596 other gallantry awards, The chequered history of the regiment spanning 154 years is bloodied with heroic deeds of valour and courage which have few parallels if any.

Although the regiment's official history dates back to 1846, the biological heritage has its roots in the noble teachings and sacrifices made by the ten Gurus. The SIKH Regiment of today has imbibed the culture and chivalry of Sher-e-Punjab Maharaja Ranjit Singh's erstwhile Khalsa Army. The ethos and traditions of the regiment got formalised with the raising of 'Regiment of Ferozepore Sikhs' and 'Regiment of Ludhiana Sikhs' on 1 August 1846 by Captain G Tebbs and Lieutenant Colonel P Gordon respectively. A major portion of the substance of the regiment traces its origins to Maharaja Ranjit Singh's Army. With a humble beginning of two battalions in 1846, today the SIKH fraternity has grown 20 battalions strong.

The Battle of Saragarhi fought by 36th SIKH  in 1897, is an epitome of valour, courage, bravery and sacrifice. Havildar Issar  Singh with 21 Other Ranks  made the  supreme  sacrifice repulsing 10,000 of the enemy. This

sacrifice was recognised by the British Parliament, when it rose to pay its respects to these brave young soldiers. All 22 were awarded the Indian Order of Merit, the then highest decoration for the Indian soldiers. This 'Kohinoor' of the SIKH Regiment is one of the ten most famous battles of the world. Even to this date, this battle forms part of school curriculum in France. 12th September 1897, the day of Battle of Saragarhi, is celebrated as the Regimental Battle Honours Day. The regimental insignia comprises the sharp edged quoIt, or Chakra which the Khalsa armies had used in combat. The Chakra rings on lion, symbolic of the name (Singh) every Sikh carries. The regimental motto is 'Nische Kar Apni Jeet Karon'(Resolved to Win) taken from the Sikh warrior's prayer before battle. The regiment draws its men from amongst the hardy Jat Sikhs. The Regimental Centre is at Ramgarh Cantt (Bihar).

Battle Honours

Pre Independence

Arrah, Behar, Lucknow, China, Ali Masjid, Ahmed Khel, Kandahar, Afghanistan, Suakin, Tofrek, Chitral, Samana, Tirah, Malakand China 1900, NW Frontier, La Basse, St Julien, Armentieres, Aubers, Givenchy, Tsing-Tao, Neuve Chapelle, Festubert, Ypres, Tigris, Suez Canal, Sari Beir, Helles, Krithia, Suvla, Gallipoli, Egypt, Baghdad, Mesopotamia, Kut el Amara, Sharqat, Megiddo, Persia, Sharon, Afghanistan 1919, Mersa Metruh, Omars, Deir ul Sein, North Arakan, Buthidaung, Kangala Tongbi, Nyangyu, Irrawady, Shandatgyi, Keren, Sittang, Kauntan, Niyor, Coriano, Paggio San Giovanni Gothic Line, Monte Calvo, San Marino, Agordat, Kama and Saragarhi.

Post Independence

Srinagar, Tithwal, Raja Picquet, Barki, OP Hill, Parbat Ali, Poonch and Siraman

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