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3 Gorkha Rifles

3 GORKHA RIFLES

Regimental Uniform of The Brigade of the Guards
  • Regimental Centre: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.
  • Regimental Insignia: A pair of crossed khukris (a Gorkha dagger), with a star in-between and the numeral 3 within.
  • Motto: Kafar Bhanda Marnu Ramro.
  • War Cry: Ayo Gorkhali (The Gorkhas Are Here).
  • Regimental Battalions: 1st Battalion
    .................................2nd Battalion
    .................................3rd Battalion
    .................................4th Battalion
    .................................5th Battalion

Post-Independence

  • Battle Honours: Pir Kanthi and Shingo River.
  • Honours & Awards: 1 Ashok Chakra, 1 Kirti Chakras, 5 Vir Chakras, 5 Shaurya Chakras, 1 Yudh Seva Medal, 19 Sena Medals, 1 Bar to Sena Medal, 4 Param Vishist Seva Medals, 5 Ati Vishist Seva Medals, 9 Vishist Seva Medals, 2 McGregor Medals, 26 Mentioned-in-Despatches, 46 COAS' Commendation Cards and 19 GOC-in-C's Commendation Cards.
  • Comments: 1/3 Gorkha Rifles was raised on 24 April 1815 as a Kumaon Battalion. In 1907, the Regiment was re-designated as 3rd Queen Alexandra's Own Gorkha Rifles. The Regiment presently comprises five battalions. During the First World War, the Regiment distinguished itself in France, Gaza & Palestine and won 18 battle honours. During the Second World War, the Regiment fought in Burma, Malaya, Java, Indonesia, Iraq, Persia, Palestine, North Africa and Cyprus and again proved its mettle. Post-Independence, the Regiment won the Battle Honour 'Pir Kanthi' in the Uri Sector in 1948 and 'Shingo' in the Kargil Sector in 1971. 1/3 GR has the distinction of being the first battalion in the post-independence period to carry out amphibious operations during the 1971 Indo-Pak War. Colonel J.R. Chitnis, CO 1/3 GR, was honoured with the Ashok Chakra posthumously - India's highest peacetime medal for valour - in Nagaland in 1956.
 

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