OPERATIONS, GALLANTRY AWARDEES AND WAR MEMORIAL

Post Mechanisation from 1979, the battalions of the regiment have been deployed in various operations and have acquitted themselves commendably.

Operation BLUESTAR: A very difficult and sensitive operation as it involved eliminating terrorists from the Golden Temple. 5 Mechanised Infantry won a Kirti Chakra during this operation.

Operation PAWAN: This was the codename given to the operation of Indian Peacekeeping Force in Sri Lanka. Mechanised Infantry Battalions were deployed all over Northern peninsula. BMPs proved to be a dreaded weapon system, which was dreaded by the terrorists. Operation CHEQUERBOARD: The Sumdrong Chu episode in 1986 along the Chinese border saw mobilization of troops, which continued in 1987 and an adhoc Mechanised Infantry Battalion with 50 BMPs and eight BRDMs were deployed at Nyoma and other places in Northern Theatre under then Major DS Sandhu, of 23 Mechanised Infantry Battalion.

Operation TRIDENT: Owing to Pakistan over-reacting during a massive Army level exercise called Brasstacks – IV conducted in Western Theatre in 1987, a general mobilisation was ordered under Operation Trident involving all Mechanised Infantry units deploying on the Northern and Western borders with live ammunition, leading to a near real war like situation, which subsided a few months later.

Operation RAKSHAK: In 1980s the situation in Punjab and Kashmir valley deteriorated with commencement of proxy war by Pakistan and MechanisedInfantry was deployed in counter terrorism operations. Mechanised Infantry was also considered for deployment as foot infantry long the International Border, Shamshabari range in anti-infiltration and in hinterland for counter terrorism operations. Eight battalions got an opportunity to serve in Kashmir valley and all of them performed exceedingly well. Many anti national elements were killed, apprehended, surrendered and large quantity of arms and ammunitions were recovered during various operations.

Operation PARAKRAM: In 2001 there was a terrorist attack on Parliament which resulted in general mobilization of Army and all units of Mechanised Infantry saw a year long deployment in operational areas. It was Operation Pratap during which Mechanised Infantry when deployed in Rajasthan in an operation razed the Pakistani post Al Badar. There was also firing carried out on the posts of Pakistan along the line of control by BMPs of Mechanised Infantry in Jammu and Kashmir.

Deployment in High Altitude Areas
The plateau sector of Leh and Sikkim saw operational deployment of Mechanised Infantry units in super High Altitude Areas as part of Infantry formations. Mechanised Infantry units are gaining valuable operational experience in High Altitude Warfare during these deployments. United Nations Peacekeeping Missions All Mechanised units also had a tour of duty in war ridden and disturbed countries as part of United Nations Peace Keeping Missions all over the world. The operations carried out during the peace keeping duties by the Mechanised Infantry Battalion/ Companies either independently or as part of Infantry Battalion groups has been acknowledged by the hierarchy of United Nations. Their efforts have also been unanimously recognised by all Force Commanders of the Peace Keeping Missions.

The montage of operations undertaken brings out the versatility of Mechanised Infantry as an arm and dedication of its all ranks in creating history and upholding the traditions of this newly formed Mechanised Infantry Regiment.

Unit Citation: MIRC was awarded GOC-in-C Southern Command Unit citation twice in 2010 & 2016 for its meritorious work in different fields.

War Memorial

Mechanised Infantry Regiment War Memorial is a glowing tribute to all ranks of the Regiment who made supreme sacrifice against all odds to defend the honour of his Unit, Regiment and the Nation. These finest soldiers attained martyrdom in gallant traditions of Indian Army fighting against the enemy in adverse conditions. Mechanised Infantry Regimental War Memorial stands as a venerable institution amidst the MIRC with a befitting concept and design to honour its martyrs. The War Memorial was dedicated to the Nation on 08 Dec 2005 by Gen JJ Singh, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC, Chief of the Army Staff.


Concept

The conceptual design with four pylons symbolizes immortal soul of departed soldier omnipresent in all directions ie East, West, North and South.

Design Features
The war memorial is laid out in area of 160 square feet consisting of central platform, Mechanised Infantry Battalion uprights and busts of war heroes. The war memorial has been designed in three distinct modules consisting of a Central Podium at the base, four vertical Pylons in the midsection facing east, north, west and south direction converging upwards with Spirit of the Mechanised Infantry at the Pinnacle. The Central Podium is circular in shape with a diameter of 39 feet. The central podium eulogizes the concept of all pervading spirit of martyred soldier and essence of eternity of soul spreading out in universe.A plaque with an inscription from the Mahabharat Shantiparva, 99 : 43 is mounted on the Central Podium at the front entrance.

DO NOT LAMENT THE DEATH OF A
WARRIOR
KILLED IN BATTLEFIELD
AS THOSE WHO SACRIFICE THEIR
LIVES IN WAR
ARE HONOURED IN HEAVEN!

The Symbol of the Spirit of the Mechanised Infantry Regiment is located above the Four Pylons. The Spirit of the Mechanised Infantry Regiment portrays a futuristic youth with vitality, and dynamism of a neoteric Regiment. The winged figure armed with multiple weapons, charging over the ripple of waves depicts three dimensional mobility and aggressiveness. The body armour signifies protection.

In addition, there are Busts of War Heroes and thirty Upright Structures of six feet height and three feet width, displayed in a circular profile, all around the base of the Central Podium. These uprights depict the units of the Mechanised Infantry Regiment and display the names of 119 soldiers who have made supreme sacrifice in safe guarding the honour and dignity of our motherland since 02 April 1979.

The area around the War Memorial has been landscaped to project an environment of somber, serenity and solitude. The design displays mounds of earth representing silent sentinels that stand still in mute testimony to pay homage to the spirit of the lost soldier. An artificially created water body to the rear mirrors their presence and fuses them with the memorial to become one. White roses and white lotus symbolise peace and purity. Red roses at the base of the Central Podium symbolises the blood through which rises the Spirit of the Martyrs. All ranks of Mechanised Infantry seek inspiration and motivation from the War Memorial reminiscing blood, sweat and toil of these martyred soldiers. Ceremonial wreath laying is done on the various occasions as also visiting dignitaries pay their respects at war memorial regularly. The architecture of the memorial was done by M/s Cooper & Associates, Pune and Landscaping by Ms Reena Salvi from Artscape, Pune. The work was executed by M/s Rudranee Construction Company, Aurangabad and coordinated by Infantry Training Battalion of MIRC.

INTERNAL SECURITY AND AID TO CIVIL AUTHORITIES Nanded Floods: Major D R Saigal proceeded to NANDED with engineer party for flood relief operations. Fourteen villagers were rescued. Chief Minister of Maharashtra visited the camp. Second round of floods occurred and a party of two officers, two JCOs and 30 OR with motor boats left for Nanded on 7th September 1983.

Flag March: On 7th December 1992, in the aftermath of the demolition of Babri Masjid, Internal Security Column (Operation VYAVASTHA) was provided by Driving and Maintenance Battalion under Maj Mahesh Arora for Aurangabad district to prevent any communal violence. Subsequently, a flag march was carried out by the columns in Aurangabad on 9th December 1992.

Bombay Riots: Four Internal Security columns were provided by MIRC during the Bombay riots from 9th January 1993 to 20th February 1993. A total strength of nine officers, twenty-one JCOs, and three hundred and ninety-six OR were deployed in Bombay.

Latur Earthquake: Four Internal Security Columns of MIRC were moved to village Killari, in Latur, Maharashtra to conduct relief operations following the devastating 1993 earthquake. Brig Pritam Singh moved in with his tactical headquarters on 30th September 1993 to help with the relief operations. They returned after a fortnight having successfully completed the operation by mid-October. The strength of the column was ten officers, twenty-four JCOs, three hundred and twenty-nine OR and forty-nine different types of vehicles.

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