Kali Panchwin Battalion of Maratha Infantry to celebrate 250 glorious yrs

Sakal Times
Thursday, 8 February 2018

Pune: The Kali Panchwin Battalion of the Maratha Light Infantry will celebrate its 250th Raising Day from February 8 to 11 at Aundh military station.

The battalion was raised on  August 4, 1768 as the 2nd Battalion, the Bombay Sepoys. The battalion has undergone numerous changes in its designation till Independence. It is the first Indian Battalion to be given the title of Light Infantry in 1840 for its gallant action at Kahun during first Afghan War.

Pune: The Kali Panchwin Battalion of the Maratha Light Infantry will celebrate its 250th Raising Day from February 8 to 11 at Aundh military station.

The battalion was raised on  August 4, 1768 as the 2nd Battalion, the Bombay Sepoys. The battalion has undergone numerous changes in its designation till Independence. It is the first Indian Battalion to be given the title of Light Infantry in 1840 for its gallant action at Kahun during first Afghan War.

The battalion boasts of a rich history of valour and courage. The unit participated in both the World Wars and earned 21 pre-Independence and one post-Independence battle honour in its rich history spanning over two centuries.

The battalion had celebrated its bicentenary (200 years) also in Pune from December 8 to 10, 1974. The celebrations witnessed the presence of late Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, Shahuji Maharaj of Kolhapur (who has served with the battalion during World War II) and film stars and singers.

The 250 years celebration will host all veterans, war widows and serving officers of the battalion.  There will be review parade, wreath laying, special sainik sammelan (soldiers gathering) besides  fun games of soldiers and Bada Khana (big feast) wherein the old and the new fraternity will reunite.  The Veer Naris (war widows) will be felicitated to commemorate the sacrifice of the gallant soldiers followed by a cultural event “Maratha Tattoo” showing the battalion’s rich history and heritage.   
Battle history
Post-Independence the battalion undertook active participation in various operations. The battalion earned its first Ashok Chakra in 1956-57 during Naga Insurgency. The Battalion has also served in international operations such as the United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF) in Gaza strip in 1961-62 and Indian Peace Keeping Force at Sri Lanka.
In 1965 Indo-Pak war, the Battalion successfully defended Hussainiwala Head Works near Firozepur and earned its first post-Independence battle honour ‘Hussainwala Bridge’ for the gallant action. The unit participated in counter insurgency operations in Manipur and Assam. The Battalion also took active part in Op Rakshak in Jammu & Kashmir and served in High altitude area in Sikkim. The battalion for its tenure in Sunderbani was awarded General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Northern Command Unit Citation.

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