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Third Battalion The Rajputana Rifles Gods Own: (In 2 Volumes): 1921-2018

Narendar Singh (Author)

The history of the 3rd Battalion The Rajputana Rifles, `Gods Own` for the period 1921 to 2018 is covered as Volume 2. British Empire was at its zenith at the commencement of World War 1. The First World War ended on 11 November 1918 with the Government of India poised on the brink of becoming a regional power. To some in London, it seemed as if New Delhi would shortly even become the eastern capital of the Empire. In 1921 reorganization of Indian Army took place and Infantry Regiments were grouped. Battalions were now formed into Regimental Groups. The 3rd Battalion The Rajputana Rifles got converted to Rifle Regiment in 1921.Indianization of the Army was on the agenda. There was strong resistance from within the British Officer Corps to accept Indian Commissioned Officers. Recruiting problems were especially complex in colonial India, where the fissures and fluidities of caste added to the great diversity of language and religion amongst local population. The English created the myth of martial classes. The interwar period saw the Battalion serving in the North West carrying out the `scorched earth policy` by taking punitive expeditions to quell the tribal and keep them under some order, both in North West Frontier Province and Burma. Battalion assisted in raising the first Battalion of Crown Representative Police. Battalion during the Burma Campaign was cited and had the honour of winning the Battle Honour `Kyaukmyaung Bridgehead, Irrawaddy River`. Battalion for its act was given the honour to lead the march into Mandalay. Post-Independence Battalion had the unique honour of winning the National Defence Academy Sports trophy three times in succession. It was also the first battalion to win the Regimental Reunion Banner three times in succession. Battalion had its share of participating in counter insurgency operations. In 1965 Battalion operated in Poonch Sector where it attained success as Meghdoot Force and had the privilege of linking up with Indian Army troops advancing from Uri. The battalion had the biggest success in whole of Western Theatre when it captured Islamgarh. Capture of Islamgarh is a classic example of surprise and attacking from line of march. There are no good battalion or a bad Battalion, the performance of the Battalion depends upon the leadership or the Officers. In this the Commanding Officer has the primary role. The Indian society has been going through changes and these changes will affect the battalion as men come from society. There is a need to assuage the tension which is prevalent in society so that men perform to best of his ability. Effort has been made to bring out the facts, and not get carried away in hindsight and any attachment. If there are no records or evidence, then it becomes fantasy.

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About the author

Narendar Singh

Col. (Dr.) Narendar Singh is known as the NBCW man in the defence forces.  Alumni from National Defence Academy, Defence Services Staff College, US Army Chemical School, Fort McClellan (Alabama); he has held large number of coveted appointments in his career.  He did his doctorate from Devi Ahilya Bai Vishwa Vidyalaya, Indore.  He was with core group that presented cases to Task Force established by Government of India in pursuance of Recommendation by Kargil Review Committee on Intelligence, Security of Borders and Internal Security.  These now form part of Recommendations by the Group of Ministers.  He contributed to the development of Disaster Management Concept during its infancy stage, which was later adopted as base for working by Ministry of Homer Affairs.  He also put up recommendations against narco terrorism.  A prolific writer, he has more than thirty articles published, in various national and international journals.  Presently, he is Professor of Human Resource Management with the Invertis Institute of Management Studies, Bareilly. 

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Title Third Battalion The Rajputana Rifles Gods Own: (In 2 Volumes): 1921-2018
Format Hardcover
Date published: 13.03.2020
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Pentagon Press
Language: English
isbn 9788194465928
length 672p.