Book Details

Author(s): Col (Dr) Narendar Singh, Ph D
ISBN: 9788194465928
Publication Year: 2020
Binding: HB
Pages: 672
Price: Rs. 1995 Rs. 1995
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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.

ABOUT Author

Narendar grew up in the 3rd Battalion The Rajputana Rifles. His father Lieutenant Colonel Shyam Singh commanded the Battalion during Indo-Pak War 1965, and his son Lieutenant Colonel Ravi Raja is presently with the battalion. His younger son Captain Tarun Singh, AMC served with Battalion as its Regimental medical Officer at Baraub. He obtained his Ph.D. in Defence Studies in 1999, at DAVV University. A man of many and varied parts, he has crossed with ease the narrow confines of Army and has gone beyond into numerous other fields. A writer here and there on this and that, one of the known people on Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Warfare. An odd thing to be but someone does not have to be such and in this flavour of universe I am. His areas of Interests include Policies, human relations, negotiations, matters relating to Defence. He has published a few papers in preferred Journals. His work has appeared in Grah Chronicle, Combat Journal, Pinnacle, and the Infantry Journal. His life`s work, as evidenced by history, and his several writings and speeches, bears testimony to his passionate commitment cause of National Security and Defence Forces.