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Punjab Regiment battalion celebrates its tricentenary

New Delhi, Wed, 31 Mar 2010 ANI

New Delhi, Mar 31 (ANI): The 16th Battalion of the Punjab Regiment of Indian Army, celebrated its 300th Raising Day at Tibri Cantonment near Gurdaspur in Punjab on Tuesday.


A large number of retired and serving officers and other ranks of the battalion, travelled from all over the country to participate in the memorable event. The retired officers were glad to meet their former friends at the gala reunion of the regiment.


"When Pakistan wanted to capture Kashmir (in 1947), our battalion (16th Btn) did an exemplary job. In that battle, our battalion won the highest number of gallantry awards as compared to the other regiments. They won eight Mahavir Chakras and 25 Vir Chakras, both gallantry awards," said Major General (retired) S P S Sidhu of the Punjab Regiment.


To mark the occasion a number of events, including an exhibition, were organised.


The 16th Battalion represents the legacy of honour, courage and devotion to duty, which are the hallmarks of the Indian Army.


"All the serving and former officers of the battalion have come to participate in the tricentenary celebrations. An exhibition has been staged to showcase the arms and ammunition used by the battalion during 300 years and its glorious legacy. The display of guns, machine, arms and ammunition has been inspirational," noted Rachna Kehra, a visitor.


The 16th Battalion of Punjab Regiment was raised as a part of the Royal State of Patiala Forces on March 31, 1710 by Baba Ala Singh, regarded as the founder of Patiala state. (ANI)


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