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Army Day 2017: History And Significance Of The Day In Honour Of Soldiers

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| January 15 , 2018 , 13:09 IST

Army Day is celebrated every year on January 15th, marking the anniversary of January 15th, 1949, when Field Marshal Kodandera M. Cariappa (then a Lieutenant General) officially took over as the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army from General Sir Francis Butcher, the last British Commander-in-Chief of India.

Army Day marks a day to salute the valiant soldiers of the nation who sacrifice even their lives to protect the country. Military parades and shows are carried out across India, while the Army Chief presents the 'Sena' awards to brave army persons of distinction, even posthumously.

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Since independence of India, the Army been involved in numerous operations and conflicts, including First Kashmir War (1947), Annexation of Hyderabad (1948), Medical assistance during Korean War (1950–1953), Annexation of Goa, Daman and Diu (1961), Sino-Indian War (1962), Indo-Pakistani War of 1965,  Sino-Indian Conflict 1967, Operation against the Naxalites during 1971, Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971, Siachen conflict (1984), Counter-insurgency activities, Kargil war (1999) and United Nations peacekeeping missions.

Currently, the Indian Army has a total of 30 infantry regiments, out of which 5 were created after 1949, namely the Ladakh Scouts established in 1963, the Naga Regiment established in 1970, the Rashtriya Rifles established in 1990, the Arunachal Scouts set up in 2010 and the Sikkim Scouts established most recently in 2013.

Watch the Army Day parade in Delhi below: