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The Maratha Light Infantry

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  • Regimental Centre: Belgaum, Karnataka.
  • Regimental Insignia: A bugle and cords with a pair of crossed swords and a shield. They chose the bugle for their insignia, as it best represented the light infantry mode of combat by skirmishers, controlled by orders issued on the bugles. The insignia is worn with a red and green hackle.
  • Motto: Duty, Honour, Courage.
  • War Cry: Bol Shri Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Ki Jai (Say Victory To King Shivaji).

Regimental Uniform of The Brigade of the Guards

  • Regimental Battalions: 1st Battalion (old 103rd Mahratta LI)
    .................................2nd Battalion (old 105th Mahratta LI)
    .................................4th Battalion (old 116th Mahrattas)
    .................................5th Battalion (old 117th Mahrattas)
    .................................6th Battalion
    .................................7th Battalion
    .................................8th Battalion
    .................................9th Battalion
    .................................11th Battalion (old Territorial battalion)
    .................................12th Battalion (old Territorial battalion)
    .................................14th Battalion
    .................................15th Battalion
    .................................16th Battalion
    .................................17th Battalion
    .................................18th Battalion
    .................................19th Battalion (former State Forces unit)
    .................................21st Battalion
    .................................22nd Battalion (former State Forces unit)
    .................................26th Battalion
  • Old 3rd Battalion (former 110th Mahrattas) --------> 2 Para (SF)
  • Old 10th Battalion (former 114th Mahrattas) -------> Maratha LI Regiment Centre
  • 20th Battalion ------------------------------------> 10 Mechanised Infantry
  • 21st Battalion ------------------------------------> 21 Para (SF)

Other Military Units with Maratha LI Affiliations

  • 101 Infantry Battalion (TA) ------> (Maratha LI)
  • 109 Infantry Battalion (TA) ------> (Maratha LI)
  • 17 Rashtriya Rifles
  • 26 Rashtriya Rifles
  • 41 Rashtriya Rifles
  • 34 Medium Regiment
  • 36 Medium Regiment
  • INS Mumbai (Delhi Class Destroyer affiliated on 30 January 2003).

Post-Independence

  • Battle Honours: Naushera, Jhangar, Burki, Hussainiwala, Jamalpur, Burj and Suadih.
  • Honours & Awards: 2 Ashok Chakra, 10 Param Vishisht Seva Medals, 4 Maha Vir Chakra, 4 Kirti Chakra, 1 ACCL II, 14 Ati Vishisht Seva Medals, 34 Vir Chakra, 18 Shaurya Chakra, 4 ACCL III, 4 Yudh Seva Medals, 107 Sena Medals, 1 Shaurya Chakra & Bar, 23 Vishisht Seva Medals, 1 Padma Bushan, 1 Arjuna Award and 3 Unit Citations.
  • Official Website: Maratha LI Regimental Centre.
  • Comments: The Maratha military qualities were brilliantly optimised in their historic campaigns against the Mughals and the British, under the leadership of Shivaji and succeeding rulers. Maratha armies, comprising both infantry and light cavalry with the Maratha naval power had dominated the military scene in India for three centuries. One of the famous regiments of the Indian Army, the Maratha Light Infantry is also one of the oldest. It's First battalion, also known as the Jangi Paltan, was raised in 1768 as part of the Bombay Sepoys. The Marathas came to special attention in the Great War (World War I) and have since maintained a record of dependability in war and peace. The quick moving Marathas with their traditions of mountain warfare were ideally suited to and were formed into a light infantry regiment. The Regiment has produced one Army Chief, General Joginder Jaswant Singh who also serves as the Colonel of the Regiment.
 

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