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J&K Light Infantry

THE JAMMU & KASHMIR LIGHT INFANTRY

Regimental Uniform of The Brigade of the Guards
  • Regimental Centre: Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir.
  • Regimental Insignia: A pair of crossed muskets.
  • Motto: Balidanam Vir Lakshanam (Sacrifice is a Sign of the Brave).
  • War Cry: Bharat Mata Ki Jai (Victory to Mother India).
  • Regimental Battalions - 1st Battalion
    ...................................2nd Battalion
    ...................................3rd Battalion
    ...................................4th Battalion
    ...................................5th Battalion
    ...................................6th Battalion
    ...................................8th Battalion
    ...................................9th Battalion
    ...................................10th Battalion
    ...................................11th Battalion
    ...................................12th Battalion
    ...................................13th Battalion
    ...................................15th Battalion
    ...................................16th Battalion
  • 7th Battalion --------> 1st Ladakh Scouts
  • 14th Battalion ------> 2nd Ladakh Scouts

Post-Independence

  • Battle Honours: Laleali, Piequet 707, Shingo River Valley and Gutrain.
  • Honours & Awards: 1 Param Vir Chakra, 10 Maha Vir Chakras, 34 Vir Chakras, 4 Shaurya Chakras and 56 Sena Medals.
  • Comments: India's first Light Infantry was born out of the peoples' response in 1947, to the invasion of Kashmir by Pakistan. In the difficult days of the invasion, the population formed local defence groups. These were later organised into militias responsible for specific sectors, e.g., Leh, Nubra, Jammu, Punch, etc. Over a period, these were grouped into the Militia battalions. Two of these were later converted into the Ladakh Scouts. The militia battalions operated with skill on the Line of Control (LoC), and in the 1971 Indo-Pak War earned three battle honours.

In 1972, the militia battalions were brought on par with the army units, and in 1976 designated the Jammu & Kashmir Light Infantry. Since then, battalions of the Light Infantry have served with honour in different parts of the country, in Sri Lanka and as part of the United Nations Force in Somalia. The 8th JAK LI earned great honour by capturing a Pakistani post at 21,000 feet at the Siachen Glacier in 1987. Naib Subedar Bana Singh, 8th JAK LI, earned the Param Vir Chakra for the Regiment in this battle. He is the first and only recipient of the PVC for the Regiment.

 

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