Indian Army Day

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indian army dayArmy Day is celebrated in India every year on 15 January in the memory of the soldiers and the Indian Army.

An overview of the news

  • This year India is celebrating its 75th Army Day.

  • This year, on the occasion of Army Day, for the first time, a parade has been organised outside Delhi in Bengaluru.

  • The day provides an opportunity to showcase Indian military capabilities including various weapon systems like K9 Vajra Self-Propelled Gun, Pinaka Rocket, T-90 Tank, BMP-2 Infantry Fighting Vehicle, Tunguska Air Defense System, 155mm Bofors Gun, Swati Radar.

Why is it celebrated on 15 January?

  • On January 15, 1949, Field Marshal Kodandera M. Cariappa took over as the first Indian Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army.

  • M. Cariappa is one of only two Indian Army officers to hold the five-star rank of Field Marshal, the other being Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw.

  • Army Day is celebrated every year to honour the soldiers of the country, who have set the greatest example of selfless service and brotherhood and laid down their lives for the country.

Indian Army

  • The Indian Army was established about 127 years ago by the British on April 1, 1895.

  • The Indian Army traces its origins to the armies of the East India Company, which later became the 'British Indian Army' and eventually, after independence, the Indian Army.

  • The country's last British Commander-in-Chief was Francis Roy Butcher.

  • The Indian Army is one of the most powerful forces in the world competing with superpowers like Russia, America and China.

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